Political Survey: Axes

These are the two principal axes (eigenvectors) derived from all the survey responses and against which your answers are judged. The names in inverted commas should not be taken too seriously; they are only labels. If you want to know what each axis "means", read the list of statements which make it up. Note that the data give as many principal axes as there are statements, but all but the first two don't correspond to real systematic variation in the results.

Only the first (most important) 40 statements are shown. Note that the direction of the axes is, obviously, arbitrary, but for clarity we have picked particular directions, as noted below. The "strength" of each statement indicates how important it is in determining your position on each axis; the position is obtained by multiplying your response to each statement, ranging from -2 for "disagree strongly" to +2 for "agree strongly", by the "strength", and adding up all the values.

Note that you may not have seen exactly these statements when you took the survey; rather, in some cases you may have seen the opposite statements. You can see the complete list of statements, which shows each statement in both forms. Below we have written out each axis in the form of a list of the all the statements with which somebody on the extreme end of the axis would agree.

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First eigenvector ("left/right")

This axis is quite like the familiar left/right political division. It mixes economic issues -- varying from laisser faire to interventionist perspective -- and social or "moral" issues such as recommending the death penalty to punish criminals. We choose to give "the right" positive values on this axis.

StatementStrength
Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.0.2774
Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by private enterprise, not by the government.0.1994
There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.0.1905
Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.0.1899
People who refuse to work should run the risk of going hungry.0.1886
Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.0.1874
It's more important to punish criminals than to rehabilitate them.0.1755
The wealthy shouldn't pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.0.1745
Everyone should stand up for the National Anthem.0.1739
It doesn't matter whether the mix of minorities in public institutions reflects their numbers in the general population.0.1716
National law should always override international agreements.0.1712
Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.0.1658
Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.0.1635
Our nation has a glorious history.0.1574
No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.0.1558
Shared religious beliefs should be an important part of our society.0.1538
Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.0.1482
There is a place for organised religion in government.0.1449
Drivers shouldn't have to pay taxes to cover damage to the environment caused by motor transport, since that would price some people off the roads.0.1419
Art shouldn't receive government funding.0.1395
Overall, young people benefit from compulsory military service.0.1387
It is acceptable to use any amount of force you choose to defend your property from criminals.0.1374
We can't offer sanctuary to everyone who is fleeing persecution.0.1367
Some people should not have access to the Internet.0.1361
To protect society from drug abuse, narcotics must be banned.0.1356
Family is more important than society.0.1345
New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.0.1288
It is never necessary to break the law to make a legitimate point of view heard.0.1279
It is immoral to be lazy.0.1270
Religious faith should be based on the literal word of God.0.1246
Overall, economic migrants are a drain on our country.0.1225
Children should always obey their parents.0.1197
Marijuana is a more dangerous drug than alcohol.0.1121
Class distinctions should exist.0.1116
The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.0.1110
In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.0.1108
Governments will always be more powerful than large corporations.0.1072
Schools should not teach children anything which contradicts their parents' religious faith.0.1049
It is never moral to break the law.0.1026
There are some ethnic groups who can never be fully integrated into our society.0.1017
all others1.1995

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Second eigenvector ("pragmatism")

This axis is much less important than the first. It represents a combination of philosophies you could call "pragmatism", "utilitarianism" and so forth, mixing social, religious and economic issues. We have chosen to give an atheist, utilitarian perspective positive values on this axis.

StatementStrength
There is no such thing as an immoral sexual act between consenting adults.0.3168
Scientists bear no moral responsibility for how their discoveries are used.0.2970
We should make use of any technology, if it benefits us.0.2843
There's no need to subsidise farmers if we can buy food more cheaply from abroad, even if that meant they went out of business.0.2518
We don't need religious faith to have a sense of right and wrong.0.2015
Shared religious belief isn't an important part of our society.0.2008
Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by private enterprise, not by the government.0.1971
There is no place for organised religion in government.0.1915
It is not necessary to ban narcotics to protect society from drug abuse.0.1858
Economic globalisation will decrease inequality.0.1777
Abortion is acceptable in some cases.0.1694
Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.0.1649
Beneficial medical research should always go ahead, however many animal experiments would be performed0.1614
It's more important to make the poor richer than to decrease the gap between rich and poor.0.1552
Art shouldn't receive government funding.0.1531
New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.0.1519
Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.0.1508
Religious faith needn't be based on the literal word of God.0.1365
Laziness is not immoral.0.1313
The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.0.1207
Sometimes schools should teach children things which contradict their parents' religious faith.0.1190
It's acceptable for a businessman to bribe a foreign official to complete a sale.0.1181
Sometimes interest rates should be raised to reduce inflation, even if doing so would cause a large number of job losses.0.1176
The wealthy shouldn't pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.0.1144
In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.0.1073
Sometimes children shouldn't obey their parents.0.1062
Governments will always be more powerful than large corporations.0.1016
We should maintain the right to free expression, even if some people use it to create trouble.0.1012
Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.0.1001
People who refuse to work should run the risk of going hungry.0.0960
Dealing with nuisance crimes like petty vandalism makes serious crime less likely.0.0957
Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.0.0951
It is acceptable to use any amount of force you choose to defend your property from criminals.0.0899
Class distinctions should exist.0.0841
Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than marijuana.0.0837
Breaking the law is not always immoral.0.0806
Fundamentally, the people of this country have the same character as those of our neighbours.0.0801
Members of society needn't be familiar with the history and traditions of our culture.0.0772
People of any ethnic group can be fully integrated into our society.0.0649
Drug abuse is a problem primarily because of its effects on drug users, not its effects on the rest of society.0.0632
all others0.7995

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