Political Survey: Results

Thank you for answering all those questions! Here are your results:

Principal axes

The table below shows your position in the two dimensional space defined by the principal axes of the data. There's more information about how this is calculated here. Note that the names "left/right" and "pragmatism" are simply labels and should be interpreted with caution. Positive values on the "left/right" axis are "right-wing", and negative values are "left-wing". Positive values on the "pragmatism" axis are "pragmatic" or "utilitarian". Negative values are the opposite, which is referred to, rather approximately, as "idealistic" below. Use the list of statements to find out exactly what the axes do mean.

The variation in the data on the "left/right" axis is much greater than the variation on the "pragmatism" axis. The most extreme values on on either axis are 16.6132. The table below shows your position in both "raw" and normalised (between -1 and 1) coordinates.

1 left/right -4.0372 (-0.2430)
2 pragmatism +2.5543 (+0.1538)

Scatter plot

This diagram shows your position on the two axes in graphical form. The axes are labelled as described above. The plot has been compressed to show the relative importance of the two axes. Your position is shown as a red cross.

Scatter plot of survey results

For guidance, the names and small grey crosses on the scatter plot show roughly where we think the named political personalities would score on this test, for comparison. This is computed by guessing what answers these people would give. You can look at how we've assumed these people would answer the survey. Note that these people have not actually answered the survey; their positions are based on what they are reported to have said on various issues. You should review the assumed answers for these personalities, and contact us if you think we've assigned an incorrect view to anyone.

Detailed answers

This is a list of the individual statements answered, and the answers you gave to them. 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. Your answers have been remapped to refer to the statements in the form shown below.

Statement Response
New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.-0.2046
Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.+0.4879
Sometimes interest rates should be raised to reduce inflation, even if doing so would cause a large number of job losses.-0.0068
Drivers should pay enough tax to cover the cost of environmental damage caused by motor transport, even if that would price some people off the roads.+0.1290
The wealthy should pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.+2.0000
The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.+1.0000
Overall, economic migrants bring benefits to our country.+0.0000
The government should subsidise farmers so that they stay in business, even if it would be cheaper to buy food from abroad.+0.0000
Smokers should be required to kick the habit before receiving medical care for smoking-related illnesses.-1.0000
Everyone bears a moral responsibility for the actions of their government, even when they do not support them.-2.0000
Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.+1.2255
The mix of minorities in public institutions should reflect their numbers in the general population.+0.6604
Having individual local representatives is more important than electing parties in exact proportion to their support.+1.0000
Officials like public prosecutors should be directly elected rather than chosen by the government.+0.0000
For society to be cohesive, it is important that everyone shares a common language.+1.0000
Legal protection for free expression creates more trouble than it's worth.-2.0000
Nobody should go hungry, even if they refuse to work.-1.9657
Some art should receive government funding.+1.0000
Our nation has a glorious history.-0.4878
A person's social status shouldn't depend on who their parents are.-0.4427
We should offer sanctuary to anybody fleeing persecution.+1.0997
There are some ethnic groups who can never be fully integrated into our society.-1.5261
Everyone should stand up for the National Anthem.+0.0000
Class distinctions should exist.-1.0000
To protect society from drug abuse, narcotics must be banned.-1.0329
Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than marijuana.+1.0000
Shared religious beliefs should be an important part of our society.-1.6033
Family is more important than society.-0.0787
Sometimes the only way to make a legitimate point of view heard is to break the law.+1.0000
Our society needs more lawyers.-2.0000
Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.+1.0000
Dealing with nuisance crimes like petty vandalism makes serious crime less likely.-0.2459
Everyone should have the right to trial by jury.+0.5800
It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.+1.0000
It is only acceptable to use proportionate force to defend your property from criminals.+2.0000
Members of our society should be familiar with the history and traditions of our culture.+0.9259
Overall, young people benefit from compulsory military service.-0.9375
Schools should concentrate on training people for the workforce.+0.1751
Schools should not teach children anything which contradicts their parents' religious faith.-0.2222
Some people should not have access to the Internet.-1.0000
Correct grammar is important.+1.6033
Scientists bear no moral responsibility for how their discoveries are used.+1.0000
Some technologies should never be used, whatever their benefits.+0.0000
Some medical research would require so many animal experiments that it should not be done, whatever the benefits.-1.0000
Religious faith should be based on the literal word of God.-1.0835
There is a place for organised religion in government.-2.0000
There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.-1.8094
It is immoral to be lazy.-1.6260
It is never moral to break the law.-1.0000
No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.-2.0000
National law should always override international agreements.-1.0000
Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.-1.0000
The people of this country have a very different character to those of our neighbours.-0.0649
Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.-1.0000
It's acceptable for a businessman to bribe a foreign official to complete a sale.+0.0000
Our armed forces should intervene to stop genocide in other countries.+0.0000
Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.-1.0429
Children should always obey their parents.-0.2312
In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.+1.0000
Economic globalisation will increase inequality.+1.0000
It's more important to make the poor richer than to decrease the gap between rich and poor.-0.5505
There is a danger that some large corporations will become more powerful than governments.+0.6448
Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.-0.5994
Drug abuse is a problem primarily because of its effects on drug users, not its effects on the rest of society.+1.0000
The only way for some workers to achieve fair pay is through collective bargaining.+1.0000
Nobody should be sacked for going on strike.+1.0000
Small businesses are more important to the economy than large corporations.+1.0000
The government should act to stop companies paying executives excessive salaries.+0.1806
Workers in the public sector should be paid as much as those doing similar jobs in private industry.+0.0000

That's all

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