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Wed, 05 Nov 2003

The Political Compass

There has been flurry of bloggers posting their results on the Political Compass Test. This test attempts to measure your political leanings on a two-dimensional scale, with a left/right axis and a libertarian/authoritarian axis. Lawrence Solum has collected some of the results here.

This has inspired me to reorganize the results into a table so you can see at a glance where everyone is, add links to all the blogs, and add a form so others can easily add themselves.

I don't think the results of the test should be taken too seriously---I found several questions that were rather ambiguous and my results might have been different if I had interpreted them differently. The test also rated me as more libertarian than David Friedman, which seems rather wrong to me. Nor are the results below representative of all bloggers, since it is a self selected sample. But it's fun to do the test and see where you end up, so enjoy yourself!

If you want to add your own result to the table, you can take the political compass survey here.

Political Compass graphUpdate: There has been some interesting discussion about whether a 2D political model like this is at all meaningful. Julian Sanchez says "yes", while Matt Yglesias says "no". I've plotted the results and drawn a best-fit line through them and it looks to me as if there is some justification for a 2D model. On the left side of the graph most everyone lies close to the line, but on the right side there are people in the top right quadrant ("conservatives") and in the bottom right quadrant ("libertarians") and the line isn't really close to either group.

Possibly this is because libertarians are overrepresented in this (non-random) sample. If libertarians are much less common in the general population then the conventional left/right axis will fit much better there.

Update 2: Russell Arben Fox is all by himself in the upper left of the graph and is feeling lonely.

At the moment about two thirds of the entries are on the left side. I think this is because left bloggers are more likely to read left blogs, so links to this page have propagated more in left blogspace.

Update 3: Jacob Levy found the Political Compass questions so bad that he couldn't even get consistent results from the survey. Well, now there's a a better survey.

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7–7.99                 Julian Bennett Holmes
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4–4.99           Milo Thurston
   Eric Rasmusen
LEMadison
Tom
 Angry Clam
 4–4.99
3–3.99     Robert Eggleston
       Gilly
  Nathan Hallford
  Sasha Slutsker
3–3.99
2–2.99      Admiral Memo
   Matt Jordan
Rich
Wacky Hermit
SpaceMonkey
Will Cate
bigjim tongue untied
sarahk
Anonymous
Another Rice Grad
Joel
Peter Cuthbertson
Roach
CRVeck
Gullyborg
Robert
The Anonymous Conservative
Angelo Cemoni
Ogre
Chase
The Slithery D
 2–2.99
1–1.99 Rebekah Quail
 Russell Arben Fox
 MelissaG
  The Plainsman
 Brew
Kevin Owens
One Ordinary York U Student
Stuart Buck
 not perfection
Curtis
Doug Payton
J.P. Carter
Susie
Aaron's Rantblog
DaDougster
Steve Dillard
Joel Foreman
Tom Grey
el Seco
Puddle Pirate
Andy
Kim du Toit
Michael
  1–1.99
0–0.99         Laurence Simon
yayaempress
 KevinE
Mr Minority
The Calico Cat
tallglassofmilk
Curmudgnly Clerk
JasonH
Sara Butler
Joe
Pink Kitty
Rick
Al Maviva
Dean Esmay
Ebabe
Paulie at The Commons
Stephen Bainbridge
stig_mata
Jeff
Lord Floppington
Nixon Casablanca
Tex the Pontificator
The Discerning Texan
Physics Geek
Steve Rugg
timekeeper
Pejman Yousefzadeh
Chris
The Overlord
 0–0.99
-1–-0.01   Jor
 Amanda
Tinker
Pierre Jelenc
 Alphecca
Jacqui
Don Hodges
GuyS
Jim
Maureen
Jerry Lawson
Metallica Rat
Tung Yin
William Teach
Nick Queen
Patton
Ricky West
Wince and Nod
Gary
Mark Pierce
Michael Rappaport
Robert Tagorda
The Chainik Hocker
Anthony Rickey
Ed Tostanoski
Gyrodog
Highway
Anthony Argyriou
Ken Hall
Magyar Blog
Michelle Malkin
Thorley Winston
Jacob Martin
Mad Anthony
OF Jay
rockynogin
tompaine
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-2–-1.01      John Pierce
Lynn
Rachel Ann
E!
Jim Dallas
Jeremy C. Wright
Matthew Yglesias
cancer
Sasquatch
Anthony Cox
LibertyBob
NewEnglandDevil
RTO Trainer
Sisyphean Musings
bo the nook
Pudge
Watchful Babbler
Kris
Beck
Desert Cat
Phelps
What a World!
Al Barger
Bill
Bob McGrew
John Cole
Matthew Stinson
Rob Sama
CD Harris
Dennis
Scipio
Vince
Harvey
Andrew Ian Dodge
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Karen Marshall
Nema Milaninia
Prometheus 6
Greg Goelzhauser
Ralph Luker
She Dances In Dragon
Zackery
coolmel
Geoff Meltzner
Henry Lewis
Nobdy Knows Anything
Richard Tallent
Reid Stott
Ryan Bundy
Boudicca
Lonewacko
Lump
Mac the Knife
things move around
Ash Thomas
Leah Guildenstern
Skip Perry
Teleologic
Dave Lambert
Ernest Miller
Steve Gilham
Will Cox
force majeure
Gregory Markle
Krzysztof Wierzbicki
Mellow-Drama
Ben England
Kevin Baker
Daniel Drezner
Mark Humphrys
Nitin Julka
RadarRider
Sarah
Semi
Insults Unpunished
Matt Harris
Robert Prather
Tomas Kohl
jfielek
 Anthony Wells
Sasha Castel
Timothy Sandefur
darkness
 -3–-2.01
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 Arne Aasnes
Dave Johnson
Myself
Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen
Don_Quijote
Iris Storm
Kerry Lutz
Peter Levine
ChrisL
Chromatest
Miss Mea-Mea
Ogged
Rod Begbie
Simon Jerram
claire
cleek
Lilia
Rhetoric & Rhythm
Tim Hall
Dave Hill
David A. Ulevitch
Angry Bear
Craig Hughes
Keith M Ellis
dustbury.com
Pixy Misa
edelwater
Alicia Belliveau
David O'Neill
Aunty Goob
M
Tamiam
Will Ambrosini
BobG
Karsten Junge
LeaveMe Alone
NeoCON
http://fromthesaltycity.blogspot.com/
the tiger in winter
 Boileryard Clarke
Johnny Bardine
Laylines
Abiola Lapite
Chris Lawrence
Gil Milbauer
Iain Murray
Joe Grossberg
liberty
xipe
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Chance Hunter
Indigo Ocean
a progressive on the prairie
panachetta
Bob LeDrew
Britishspin
Jaipur
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Phersu
Ron Andrews
Thudfactor
vlado
Al-Muhajabah (new)
Carpeicthus
Cool Patience
Ezra Klein
Ian Bertram
Ian D
James Mitchell
Jon Simmons
Leora The Sane
Polytropos
Stuart Bruce
Will Richardson
apostropher
blivet (Hal Rager)
drift.net.nz
foomart
metasilk
Dadblog
Donncha O Caoimh
Eric Muller
Harry Brighouse
Kristy
Matt McIrvin
Mr. Poon
Paperwight
lost pilgrim
Al-Muhajabah
Josh Cherniss
Michael Drake
Paulo Tavares
Uncertain Principles
Adam Mansfield
Amanda Butler
Brock Sides
Enda Nasution
Enthusiasm
Essay Canajun
Inconsequential Lurker
John Constantine
Mike Jones
Phillip M. Stewart
The Two Hour Lunch
Unlearned Hand
gratiot detroit
Bob Kopp
Charles Stewart
Fester
Wordman
deadmanjones
Andrew Cline
Lawrence Solum
john b
Conchis
Ptiza Odelay
Chris Genovese
Livre d'Or
Derek Balling
Judith Weiss
Joshua Macy
Will Baude
 Triplux
Will Wilkinson
John Fenton
Taylor Gibson
freakfromBP
 Joseph A. Hiegel
Elliot Temple
Stan
-5–-4.01
-6–-5.01Samuel Morales Jr.
Charlie Bertsch
Eeksy-Peeksy
Ms. D
Phinius
Rogue Semiotics
Biohabit
Dancing Larry
Jaquandor
Linus Gelber
The Yorkshire Ranter
leto
qB
C.E. Petit
Casino Avenue
Chris Brooke
Glorfindel of Gondolin
Hypocrisy Digest
Kevin Raybould
Letters of Marque
Nobody's Doll
Robin Grant
Samwise Polemic
September Blue
Vardibidian
dc
futurebird
jeremy hunsinger
jj
squid
Bertram Online
Boudist
Epistemographer
Guido Romanelli
Libby Spencer
Philosophy, et cetera (Richard Chappell)
Psychotria Nervosa
Rana
Richard
Sara Temple
Things I've Seen
Three-Toed Sloth
filchyboy
ms. frizzle
mstruvic
Christopher Alvarado
Fear & Blogging in America
Gez Smith
Jeff Bostick
Jonathan Edelstein
Kenneth G. Cavness
Lonnie Foster
Norbizness
Nurse Ratched
P G
Rodger A. Payne
VASpider
j v pivarnick
ramblings from ground zero
Benedict @Large
Damaged BadtzMaru
Damn Foreigner
Frank Quist
James Green
Jason and Stuff
Rich Gibson
Seth D. Michaels
Thumper
half-pie
Brad DeLong
Cyclopatra
Lance Knobel
Alwin Hawkins
David Zanetti
Ian King
Tom Coates
Zack Ajmal
Brian Weatherson
Different Opinion
 AndyHat
Azeem Azhar
detached observer
fling93
Matt Welch
sandor at the zoo
 Bill St. Clair
Quantum Forest
Amy Phillips
Elliot Fladen
Julian Sanchez
Bob Smith
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-7–-6.01Andy Shelton
Jared Woodard
Shaula Evans
wbb
Brian Leiter
Stormdamage
thom
Adrian Howard
Alfredo Perez
David Tiley
Justin Mason
NZ Political Comments
Scott
god of biscuits
Beatniksalad
Christa Dickson
Frank Leahy
Henry Farrell
Matthew Scheck
Michael Hanscom
Moss Collum
PZ Myers
Paul Setzer
Tez Burke
Tony Williams
WalkyTalky
Wyrdsister
bilblio
depthmarker Ann
not you
tom p
Fables of the Reconstruction
Invisible Adjunct
Jonathan Dresner
Kenny Easwaran
Susan Cook
The Funny Farm
deltanine
folkbum
hope
rebecca blood
Chris Bertram
Chris Heathcote
Christopher McGrath
David Parsons
Jesse Taylor
Marc Hudgins
Mark Madsen
Paul J. Gans
Seb
The Liberal Avenger
Trish Wilson
doctorvee
ve
Jessica Edmiston
alt31
Die Niemandsblog (Kevin Yaroch)
Hal
More Like This WebLog
Chris Geidner
Jared Warren
David Rodgers
Tim Lambert
Lawrence Krubner
Shea
  David Friedman
  Michael Williams
Anorakish
 David Farrar
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-8–-7.01ArtMachine
Incadenza
Nathan Newman
Pablo Stafforini
strip mining for whimsy
Aloysius
Ampersand
Ben Hyde [HyDeSign]
Emily Pollard
Kellan
Lisa Schnellbeck
Shyboy
Veracious
Yoni
cloud23
fakane
stranger fruit
vieux bandit
Big Picnic
Corax
Keith Kisser
Magpie
Mark Gisleson
Nick Barlow
The razorhead
Yami McMoots
bob
kim
personal political
waldheim
Bingobowden
Charles
Dominion (James McLaughlin)
Lane Dunlop
Chris Hanson
Dave Weeden
Glutter
Graham Sleight
Idiot/Savant
Julian's Jabberings
Ole Andersen
Plucky Punk
Shock and Awe
NTodd
Robert Brady
    David Mansfield
David Gross
       Christian Bartos-Arvidsen
-8–-7.01
-9–-8.01Adam Atlas
Brian Jennings
Justin Mueller
amnesiascope
monochromatic girl
Dave Pollard
John Kevin Fabiani
Natalie Davis
Thomas Helgeson
Zhengming (Jimmy Ho)
j!
Kevin
Nick
Paulo Bessa
Steven Rubio
The Poison Kitchen
Alex McChesney
Pigs in Lipstick
shiftX
Steven
badgerbag
   PJ Killian
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Adam Coddington
Brilliantine
Chun the Unavoidable
armedpoet
Occasional Subversion
Tim Francis-Wright
Autodidact
Green Fairy
 Alex Halavais
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There are now 573 entries in the table. Latest additions:
Justin Mueller Sara Temple detached observer edelwater Sasquatch Sasha Slutsker Dave Lambert http://fromthesaltycity.blogspot.com/ BobG stranger fruit

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