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.0.2611
Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by private enterprise, not by the government.0.1972
People who refuse to work should run the risk of going hungry.0.1824
Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.0.1824
Companies should be free to pay their executives any salary, however large.0.1812
Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.0.1771
There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.0.1752
Sometimes it's necessary to sack people who go on strike.0.1740
The wealthy shouldn't pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.0.1723
It's more important to punish criminals than to rehabilitate them.0.1669
Everyone should stand up for the National Anthem.0.1653
It doesn't matter whether the mix of minorities in public institutions reflects their numbers in the general population.0.1647
Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.0.1638
National law should always override international agreements.0.1611
Our nation has a glorious history.0.1521
Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.0.1514
Workers don't need to resort to collective bargaining to achieve fair pay.0.1458
No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.0.1443
Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.0.1426
Shared religious beliefs should be an important part of our society.0.1423
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.0.1357
There is a place for organised religion in government.0.1350
Art shouldn't receive government funding.0.1337
It is acceptable to use any amount of force you choose to defend your property from criminals.0.1317
We can't offer sanctuary to everyone who is fleeing persecution.0.1304
New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.0.1298
Some people should not have access to the Internet.0.1287
Overall, young people benefit from compulsory military service.0.1276
Family is more important than society.0.1254
To protect society from drug abuse, narcotics must be banned.0.1236
It is never necessary to break the law to make a legitimate point of view heard.0.1226
It is immoral to be lazy.0.1152
Religious faith should be based on the literal word of God.0.1139
Overall, economic migrants are a drain on our country.0.1134
In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.0.1128
Children should always obey their parents.0.1086
The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.0.1084
Class distinctions should exist.0.1069
Governments will always be more powerful than large corporations.0.1067
Marijuana is a more dangerous drug than alcohol.0.1044
all others1.5709

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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.0.2893
Scientists bear no moral responsibility for how their discoveries are used.0.2741
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.0.2613
We should make use of any technology, if it benefits us.0.2544
Sometimes it's necessary to sack people who go on strike.0.2240
Companies should be free to pay their executives any salary, however large.0.2150
We don't need religious faith to have a sense of right and wrong.0.1934
Shared religious belief isn't an important part of our society.0.1917
It is not necessary to ban narcotics to protect society from drug abuse.0.1843
There is no place for organised religion in government.0.1756
Economic globalisation will decrease inequality.0.1740
Abortion is acceptable in some cases.0.1715
Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by private enterprise, not by the government.0.1662
It's more important to make the poor richer than to decrease the gap between rich and poor.0.1592
Religious faith needn't be based on the literal word of God.0.1464
Beneficial medical research should always go ahead, however many animal experiments would be performed0.1445
Laziness is not immoral.0.1435
New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.0.1370
Sometimes schools should teach children things which contradict their parents' religious faith.0.1289
Sometimes interest rates should be raised to reduce inflation, even if doing so would cause a large number of job losses.0.1266
Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.0.1255
Sometimes children shouldn't obey their parents.0.1253
Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.0.1198
Workers don't need to resort to collective bargaining to achieve fair pay.0.1169
In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.0.1131
We should maintain the right to free expression, even if some people use it to create trouble.0.1081
It's acceptable for a businessman to bribe a foreign official to complete a sale.0.1063
Dealing with nuisance crimes like petty vandalism makes serious crime less likely.0.1055
Art shouldn't receive government funding.0.0959
The wealthy shouldn't pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.0.0908
People of any ethnic group can be fully integrated into our society.0.0899
Governments will always be more powerful than large corporations.0.0895
Breaking the law is not always immoral.0.0879
The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.0.0872
Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than marijuana.0.0852
Overall, economic migrants bring benefits to our country.0.0825
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.0.0771
Schools should do much more than just training people for the workforce.0.0759
Workers in the public sector shouldn't expect to earn as much as those doing similar jobs in private industry.0.0759
all others1.0759

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