Greensboro’s Political Compass, Version 3

By Anthony | March 12th, 2006 | 10:51 pm

Here’s the latest version of Greensboro’s Political Comapss:

The Greensboro Blogoshphere's Political Compass, Version 3.0

I find it interesting that many of the results that fall into the center and the lower-left quadrant seem to be “bunched up” in many places – specifically there are four groupings towards which many of the results seem to gravitate. Compare that to the upper and right areas of the grid, where the results are more evenly spaced. Is it just the small sample size, or is there some phenomenon or quirk about the quiz itself that accounts for the different distributions?

This will probably be the last version, since – bunching notwithstanding – that lower-left quadrant is turning into a sea of undifferentiated, glowing green. Here are links to all the participants. Thanks again to everyone who gave it a try!

David Allen, Beth, Billy, David Boyd, Bubba, Ginger Bush, Cara Michele, Jim Caserta, Woody Cavenaugh, Chewie, Matt Hill Comer, Sean Coon, Darkmoon, Fecund Stench, George, Joel Gillespie, Joe Guarino, David Hoggard, Laurie, Tony Ledford, Jon Lowder, Robert Pipkin, Sue Polinsky, PotatoStew, Roch Smith, Jr., Spirit, Jeff Sykes, David Wharton, Sam Wharton, Danny Wright

24 Responses to “Greensboro’s Political Compass, Version 3”

  1. Fecund Stench Says:

    No, thank you. This is one of the more informative things to happen in the local blogosphere. For newbies approaching, the chart is invaluable.

  2. Roch101 Says:

    Bubba smack dab in the middle? No wonder the majority are to the left.

  3. David Boyd Says:

    Yeah, thanks PS for spending the time doing this.

  4. David Boyd Says:

    Greensboro Poly Comp

    PS has the latest version up. From this point forward, may all those to the bottom left strive for diversity in their thinking.

  5. Bubba Says:

    Don’t believe it’s true, David. I ‘m solidly in the lower right quad on the grid, over two right from horizontal center, down two.

    I say that based on the test the Libertarian Party has on their national website. In that test, I placed right and above the center, first intersection left of “Right” above “Centerist”.

  6. Bubba Says:

    Correction: substitute “Roch” for “David”.

  7. Bubba Says:

    Here’s the link to the LP test.

  8. PotatoStew Says:

    Yeah, I’m kind of skeptical of you being in the middle as well Bubba, but I was just going by the results you reported over at Ed Cone’s site. Not much point in doing it if I just put people where they (or I or whoever) think they should be rather than where their results say they are.

    Maybe we can all take the quiz you linked to and when you finally start your own blog you can compile all our results for that one. ;)

  9. PotatoStew Says:

    My scores for Bubba’s quiz:

    Personal issues Score is 90%.
    Economic issues Score is 30%

    Which, if I’m transmogrifying between the two grids properly, is about the same place I was on the Political Compass quiz. However, I would guess that the quiz that Bubba linked to probably isn’t as precise or accurate, since there are way fewer questions on it. The presence of a “Maybe” option probably further decreases the reliability. (Not to say that there’s necessarily a high degree of precision or accuracy on the Political Compass quiz – I really don’t know.)

  10. Billy The Blogging Poet Says:

    Jesus was a liberal, right? So was Budda. In his time, Mohamid was considered to be a liberal. Confusus was a liberal? Zoranster was a liberal in his day. As a matter of fact: with only a couple of exceptions (I’m thinking Mormons but I could be wrong.) the founders of all the great religions would all qualify as liberals so why is it that so many so called, people of faith (or believers) are so scared of admitting they too may be liberals?

    Of course, not all people of faith are scared of being branded liberal, several on the left of your graph are proud to call themselves liberal and believers.

    Thanks for doing this graph.

  11. Tony Ledford Says:

    Thanks for the link to the quiz, Bubba. I scored 100% on personal issues and 30% on economic issues. The grid is incorrect, however; the center needs to be moved over to where I am.

    :-D 95% kidding, there.

    Many thanks, PS, for the graph.

    Oh, and Billy, I’m an agnostic/recovering-Southern-Baptist and wouldn’t know for sure, but I *think* most Mormons don’t think of “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” as a separate “religion” from Christianity. But of course, many “Christians” don’t like thinking of Mormons as “Christians.” And then there are the Baha’i folk who, like the Mormons, believe in a recent (150 years ago) prophet, but are basically Christians…

    And so on and so on. Religion is complex.

  12. Brenda Bowers Says:

    Just had a big shock to my little old Die Hard Conservative system! On the Advocates for Self Government (Libertarian) survey I scored as a Centrist just one space right of center and dead center between Libertarian and Right Conservative.

  13. Bubba Says:

    “… why is it that so many so called, people of faith (or believers) are so scared of admitting they too may be liberals?”

    The politics of Jesus’ day were a LOT different than today. Instead of “Liberal vs Conservative”, it was “Romans (and Toadies) vs Everyone Else”. “Everyone Else” usually lost.

  14. Sam W Says:

    Here is my readout from that quiz, though its somewhat inaccurate.

    STATISTS want government to have a great deal of power

    over the economy and individual behavior. They frequently

    doubt whether economic liberty and individual freedom

    are practical options in today’s world. Statists tend to distrust

    the free market, support high taxes and centralized

    planning of the economy, oppose diverse lifestyles,

    and question the importance of civil liberties.

  15. Cara Michele Says:

    “Jesus was a liberal, right?”

    Ah, no. Jesus was a radical. He fits no political description or definition that I’ve ever heard. That’s why, as a follower of His, I find it impossible to identify with any political party or ideology.

    I’ve been reading a biography of missionary Jim Elliot and his view of politics has really challenged me. Jim believed that Christ’s followers have abandoned all national and political because we are citizens of heaven (Heb. 13:14, Phil. 2:20) and thus, we should have nothing to do with politics. I must say, that appeals to me. Both liberal and conservative political theology strays widely from the teachings of Jesus Christ.

  16. PotatoStew Says:

    Sam: Out of curiosity, which parts of that description do you feel are inaccurate, and is the issue more with the concepts, or the way the description is phrased? I noticed that most of the non-libertarian descriptions from that quiz seemed to be worded with slightly negative connotations.

    Michele: “Radical” and “Liberal” are not mutually exclusive. I’m skeptical that if Jesus were walking around today that he’d self-identify as “Liberal”, however, I have a feeling that if you look at his specific teachings and behavior as presented in the Bible, more often than not you would be looking at attitudes that match more closely with what we call “Liberal” today.

    At any rate, it would be very cool if we could get Him to take the Political Compass quiz. I’d definitely draw up one more version for that.

  17. Brenda Bowers Says:

    Cara Michele, Several religious groups have taken that same view and do not affliate with any secular groups, do not vote or even claim any one country as their own. They are all set up and ready for any new members who want to follow that path. The Amish are “plain living” (that means a couple centruries out of date); the Jehovah’s Witnesses are very modern. This is just two of many. But, I’m with Potatoe Stew because I believe Jesus would very definitely be a liberal.

  18. Cara Michele Says:

    “I have a feeling that if you look at his specific teachings and behavior as presented in the Bible, more often than not you would be looking at attitudes that match more closely with what we call “Liberalâ€? today.”

    I do spend a good bit of time studying Scripture and I still conclude that “liberal” doesn’t fit Jesus any better than “conservative” does. (Although both sides often lay claim to Him.) The attitudes associated with each have too much non-Jesus-like baggage associated with them to stretch to fit Him. But we can agree to disagree on this. No problem. :)

    And thanks for the suggestions, Brenda, but I’m a contented “non-denominator.” ;)

  19. PotatoStew Says:

    Michele, I agree that if you take either “Liberal” or “Conservative” as a whole that there is too much “baggage” and neither would fit Jesus. I’m arguing for a much more limited comparison, that Jesus’ own attitudes more often than not are traditionally liberal attitudes. I’m definitely not saying that he displays all or even most or the viewpoints associated with liberals.

    So, in short, you’re right, and I agree with you when you say “The attitudes associated with each have too much non-Jesus-like baggage associated with them to stretch to fit Him”, but I think I’m saying something different than what you think I’m saying. :)

    However, if you still feel like you’d prefer to agree to disagree, I’m agreeable to that.

  20. Cara Michele Says:

    Why don’t we just have a water balloon fight?

  21. PotatoStew Says:

    Bring a raincoat to the next blogger meetup, and remember that you said that. ;)

  22. Chip Atkinson Says:

    my score places me at the very same spot as -surprise- mr. stench.

  23. David Boyd Says:

    Milton Friedman, RIP…


    Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who advocated an unfettered free market and had the ear of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan,……

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