Political Survey: Celebrities

This is a list of political "celebrities" and the answers we judge they would have given to the survey. Their assumed answers give you a point of comparison for your own. From this page you can also see what we claim they would have answered to our questions, and why. If you think we're wrong, please get in touch to correct us.

If you would like to contribute answers for this section, please do! You can download a copy of the list of statements in a form suitable for loading into a spreadsheet. Please email Chris Lightfoot with any comments, questions or contributions.

NameInformationLeft/rightPragmatism
Adolf Hitler
Germany

Racist megalomaniac Adolf Hitler was directly responsible for the murder of around ten million Jews, Gypsies and others he considered "racial inferiors", and caused the deaths of countless others in the Second World War.

(This survey is best suited to measuring the opinions of those living in modern Western democracies. Adolf Hitler obviously doesn't fit into that category, so these results should be taken as loosely illustrative only.)

+6.7033
(+0.4035)
-1.9365
(-0.1166)
Charles Kennedy
United Kingdom

Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

-6.5451
(-0.3940)
+0.4338
(+0.0261)
Josef Stalin
Russian Federation

Paranoid dictator Josef Stalin collectivised agriculture in the USSR, killing millions in a man-made famine, and embarked on a reign of terror which lasted until his death in 1955 and left millions more imprisoned in the Gulag, or executed without trial.

(This survey is best suited to measuring the opinions of those living in modern Western democracies. Josef Stalin obviously doesn't fit into that category, so these results should be taken as loosely illustrative only.)

+2.3244
(+0.1399)
-1.3989
(-0.0842)
Ken Livingstone
United Kingdom

Ex-Labour politician, presently elected Mayor of London. Since the abolition of the GLC in the early 1980s, Ken has been partially successful in shaking off his "Red Ken" image.

-8.5075
(-0.5121)
-0.8766
(-0.0528)
Margaret Thatcher
United Kingdom

Conservative Prime Minister from 1978 to 1990, credited with the rise of monetarism and a laissez-faire policy which came to be called "Thatcherism".

+6.3223
(+0.3806)
+1.2668
(+0.0763)
Michael Howard
United Kingdom

Conservative Politician, Home Secretary under John Major, and now leader of the Conservative Party.

+5.4269
(+0.3267)
+2.0318
(+0.1223)
Tony Benn
United Kingdom

"Old Labour" socialist, Tony Benn was a Labour MP until 2001, when he retired "to spend more time on politics". He famously renounced his peerage in the 1960s in order to remain in the House of Commons.

-7.6218
(-0.4588)
-2.1349
(-0.1285)
Tony Blair
United Kingdom

Architect of "New Labour" and Prime Minister since 1997.

-0.7924
(-0.0477)
-0.0690
(-0.0042)

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