April 17th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/04/17 14:02:00 - Political Survey 2005.
Much like everyone else I also did the PoliticalSurvey2005. My results are findable here.

In summary:

Crime and punishment, internationalism

Your position on this axis is -5.4
You are likely to be very internationalist and rehabilitationist.

Economics, etc

Your position on this axis is -1.8
You are likely to be fairly socialist and anti-war.


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(Anonymous)
2005/04/17 14:05:00
I had a go at the test and I really don't like how they combine stuff together, "You are likely to be slightly free-market and pro-war.". Yes I am for free-markets (but only when they are free for all, not free just for the rich that we mostly have), but I fecking well am not pro-war.

Crime and punishment, internationalism
Your position on this axis is -6.2
You are likely to be very internationalist and rehabilitationist.

Economics, etc
Your position on this axis is 1.4
You are likely to be slightly free-market and pro-war.
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userinfo ptc24
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2005/04/17 17:26:25
That's a funny thing. What they've done is PCA (Principal Component Analysis): a big statistical technique that takes data in n dimensions (where n is the number of questions), munges it and produces a series of orthogonal axes. The first axis is the most significant axis possible, then the second is the most significant axis orthogonal to the first, and so on. He's only chosen to report on the two most significant axes.

So the two are only lumped together because pro-free-market and pro-war attitudes seem to correlate - if you're going to have two axes, then some things are going to get lumped together. It wasn't his choice to lump the two together - that's just how the data came out.

Furthermore, if he's normalised the answers to all of the questions (I'm not sure if he has or hasn't), then pro/anti war is relative to the attitudes of the typical poll-taker, which I guess was pretty anti-war.

More here.
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userinfo ankaret
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2005/04/18 12:27:14
My Political Survey 2004 results came out much more left-wing than I expected on one axis and much less so on the other. It told me that according to the economics axis I was likely to vote BNP, which startled me horribly - I can only assume I managed to misread a question somewhere and hit 'strongly agree' on something I strongly disagree with or vice versa.
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