My Results on OKCupid’s Politics Test

by Joey deVilla on August 21, 2009

I gave my father-in-law a good laugh recently when I told him I was a radical centrist. I thought I’d check that assertion by taking OKCupid’s political test. I remember taking it two years (and four jobs!) ago and remember being tagged as a social liberal and economic moderate.

Here are the results I got yesterday:

political_compass_1

I rated as:

  • 65% socially permissive – a social liberal
  • 55% economically permissive – an economic moderate

The summary said:

You are best described as a centrist. You exhibit a very well-developed sense of right and wrong and believe in economic fairness.

Switching the result chart to the “political ideologies” view, my result point puts me on the outer edge of the centrist circle, just tangential to both the libertarian and democrat zones:

political_compass_2

The more amusing chart is the “famous people” chart, in which I’m located smack-dab between Donald Trump and Adam Sandler. I have no idea how they derived Sandler’s social and political views:

political_compass_3

There’s one face on the “famous people” chart that I can’t place: who’s that in the lower right quadrant behind Hillary Clinton? The one with the nearly completely obscured face?

I think Barack Obama’s placement all the way down in the lower-right corner in deep socialist-land is wrong and based on too much listening to Rush Limbaugh (although I think any listening to him is a bad idea). I think he should be in the same zone as Hillary Clinton.

A Couple of People I Know

I know a couple of people behind WordPress: Matt Mullenweg, whom I’ve met through Rannie and tests positive for “Democrat”:

matt_mullenweg_political_test

and Mark Jaquith, with whom I worked at b5media. The test says that Mark is a libertarian bordering on anarchist. He did answer “strongly agree” to the statement that two consenting adults should be allowed to duel to the death. I wonder if he carries a “slappin’ glove” for those moments when someone has insulted his honour:

mark_jaquith_political_test

Where Do YOU Stand?

Gentle Readers! I’m curious to see where you end up on the chart – go take the political test and feel free to post your results in the comments!

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David Janes August 21, 2009 at 5:50 am

As I sort of suspected:
– Social Liberal (66% permissive) (more that you, you reactionary stick in the mud)
– Economic Conservative (83% permissive)

They call this Libertarian, though perhaps I’d feel better if that was a small “l” lol. I’d probably be closer to the unibomber over there except I rarely ranked anything highest or lowest.

No death duels for me – I’m purely conservative on that one, e.g. experience has shown us this is no way to run a society.

Random notes:
– funny how wanting more economic freedom is labeled “conservative”
– how does this question “23 I would feel better if there were video cameras on most street corners, to prevent crime” affect your rating. Certainly the modern experience would suggest that universal video surveillance (cf. the UK, photo radar) is a left wing aka “Democrat” phenomena
– as would this one “30 Most people are too stupid to know what’s best for them”

Michael Glenn August 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

The obscured face looks like Bono.

Dan Dickinson August 21, 2009 at 8:33 am

I tihnk that’s Bono hiding behind Hilary. You can tell by the unfortunate sunglasses.

Dan Dickinson August 21, 2009 at 8:43 am

By the way, I am:

Social Liberal (73% permissive)
Economic Liberal (23% permissive)

Wow. Bottom quartile of economic permissiveness. I guess maybe that MBA didn’t take after all…

Delilah August 21, 2009 at 9:08 am

This is an interesting referencepoint for your readership!
This test describes me as a strong democrat:
Social Liberal
(88% permissive)
Economic Moderate
(55% permissive)

But IRL I would consider myself more economically conservative and generally self-identify closer to a libertarian.

Abdullah Salim August 21, 2009 at 9:57 am

Yep, that’s Bono back there.

I’m not that far off from you Joey, 60% and 56%. But I am more Libertarian and in the land of the Donald.

Joey deVilla August 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

David Janes: Hey, David…you hippie.

I was thinking of using the test as the basis for a programming tutorial, so I might just spend some time noodling with it, say by establishing a baseline set of results by answering “strongly agree” for every question on one run of the test and then changing only one answer on subsequent runs.

Wendy August 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

Yeah, everyone knew I was going to be a socialist. No one is surprised. Especially bnk.

🙂

Xavier August 21, 2009 at 10:30 am

OMG I’m just like Hillary Clinton! Apparently.

bnk August 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Would you be surpised at 60% permissive on social and 55% permissive on Economics? Ye gad! a Centrist.

Joey deVilla August 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm

bnk: I think I just heard Wendy burst into laughter just now, and she’s eight kilometres due east of me at this moment.

Anita Kuno August 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Nice find, Joey. I’m camped over on Hilary’s right ear.

I wonder how this image would appear if there were any Canadians on it?

Who would they be and where would they be placed?

Marlene August 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

It seems that my influence on bnk has paid off at last.

Jeremy Wright August 21, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hah, squarely in the Libertarian world. 75% socially liberal, 68% permissive on economics. I’d have thought I was closer to democrat than libertarian, but maybe that’s why so many of the democratic policies bother me.

Either way, I’m definitely not an uppercase Libertarian, as much of that view of “leave government out of our lives” is too much for me.

Mark Jaquith August 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I wonder if he carries a “slappin’ glove” for those moments when someone has insulted his honour:

Still shopping. And they wouldn’t be for slapping—they’d be for donning, ominously. You know, like “oh God, he just put on his murderin’ gloves, I’m gettin’ the hell outta here!” Legally (and morally) I’m not allowed to whip out a pistol when someone is insulting my honor or threatening me with less-than-deadly force, so I figure maybe the gloves fan fill the gap. Plus, when I get a 1930’s convertable and go driving with my scarf in the countryside, they’ll be dual function as driving gloves.

David Janes August 22, 2009 at 8:14 am

I smell like a hippy right now after spending the evening with Pearl Jam fans…

Joey deVilla August 22, 2009 at 10:00 am

David Janes: It’s been ages since I’ve seen them perform. How was the show?

bnk August 22, 2009 at 10:39 am

Just goes to show ya how bad centralized tests are.

Susan August 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

You are a

Social Liberal
(68% permissive)

and an…

Economic Liberal
(20% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist

You exhibit a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believe in economic fairness.

David Janes August 24, 2009 at 10:40 am

Pearl Jam didn’t do it for me, though I admit it may be the venue – if you’re not in A/B at the Amphitheatre, the sight lines are often highly obstructed by support posts plus low placed gear.

The encores were good – songs we all know & love, but the main part was mid-tempo dirge rock; even the fanboys didn’t know the words to sing along. The yellow-jacketed fascist oppressors, I mean venue security, seemed more omnipresent than I remember in the past and certainly much worse that the ACC. And god helped you if you swayed in the aisles for more than 90 seconds, or lit a funny looking cigarette.

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