Report

(I've written a brief description of what this report means, which may be helpful to read alongside it. Note that the data here have been updated since that was written.)

So far, we have 1431 complete responses.

Individual statements

New roads and railways should be built by private companies, not the government.

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r2 = 0.536575

Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.

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r2 = 0.570584

Sometimes interest rates should be raised to reduce inflation, even if doing so would cause a large number of job losses.

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r2 = 0.741781

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.

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r2 = 0.478421

The wealthy should pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.

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r2 = 0.426799

The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.

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r2 = 0.744187

Overall, economic migrants bring benefits to our country.

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r2 = 0.730394

The government should subsidise farmers so that they stay in business, even if it would be cheaper to buy food from abroad.

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r2 = 0.395245

Smokers should be required to kick the habit before receiving medical care for smoking-related illnesses.

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r2 = 0.513560

Everyone bears a moral responsibility for the actions of their government, even when they do not support them.

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r2 = 0.608476

Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.

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r2 = 0.352346

The mix of minorities in public institutions should reflect their numbers in the general population.

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r2 = 0.702342

Having individual local representatives is more important than electing parties in exact proportion to their support.

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r2 = 0.327135

Officials like public prosecutors should be directly elected rather than chosen by the government.

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r2 = 0.670139

For society to be cohesive, it is important that everyone shares a common language.

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r2 = 0.441797

Legal protection for free expression creates more trouble than it's worth.

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r2 = 0.290567

Nobody should go hungry, even if they refuse to work.

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r2 = 0.845266

Some art should receive government funding.

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r2 = 0.747101

Our nation has a glorious history.

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r2 = 0.513433

A person's social status shouldn't depend on who their parents are.

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r2 = 0.166996

We should offer sanctuary to anybody fleeing persecution.

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r2 = 0.777316

There are some ethnic groups who can never be fully integrated into our society.

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r2 = 0.637441

Everyone should stand up for the National Anthem.

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r2 = 0.525295

Class distinctions should exist.

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r2 = 0.855154

To protect society from drug abuse, narcotics must be banned.

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r2 = 0.535610

Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than marijuana.

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r2 = 0.724743

Shared religious beliefs should be an important part of our society.

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r2 = 0.580057

Family is more important than society.

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r2 = 0.902488

Sometimes the only way to make a legitimate point of view heard is to break the law.

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r2 = 0.510655

Our society needs more lawyers.

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r2 = 0.815858

Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.

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r2 = 0.830171

Dealing with nuisance crimes like petty vandalism makes serious crime less likely.

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r2 = 0.452605

Everyone should have the right to trial by jury.

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r2 = 0.333253

It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.

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r2 = 0.607909

It is only acceptable to use proportionate force to defend your property from criminals.

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r2 = 0.268819

Members of our society should be familiar with the history and traditions of our culture.

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r2 = 0.685112

Overall, young people benefit from compulsory military service.

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r2 = 0.560855

Schools should concentrate on training people for the workforce.

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r2 = 0.175166

Schools should not teach children anything which contradicts their parents' religious faith.

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r2 = 0.387821

Some people should not have access to the Internet.

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r2 = 0.778824

Correct grammar is important.

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r2 = 0.611051

Scientists bear no moral responsibility for how their discoveries are used.

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r2 = 0.751914

Some technologies should never be used, whatever their benefits.

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r2 = 0.364761

Some medical research would require so many animal experiments that it should not be done, whatever the benefits.

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r2 = 0.452113

Religious faith should be based on the literal word of God.

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r2 = 0.484515

There is a place for organised religion in government.

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r2 = 0.725781

There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.

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r2 = 0.921157

It is immoral to be lazy.

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r2 = 0.610045

It is never moral to break the law.

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r2 = 0.709849

No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.

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r2 = 0.728831

National law should always override international agreements.

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r2 = 0.496371

Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.

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r2 = 0.819718

The people of this country have a very different character to those of our neighbours.

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r2 = 0.317309

Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.

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r2 = 0.738163

It's acceptable for a businessman to bribe a foreign official to complete a sale.

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r2 = 0.828003

Our armed forces should intervene to stop genocide in other countries.

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r2 = 0.277805

Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.

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r2 = 0.364692

Children should always obey their parents.

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r2 = 0.469583

In the right circumstances, cutting taxes can increase government revenue.

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r2 = 0.568868

Economic globalisation will increase inequality.

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r2 = 0.679087

It's more important to make the poor richer than to decrease the gap between rich and poor.

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r2 = 0.685612

There is a danger that some large corporations will become more powerful than governments.

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r2 = 0.076064

Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.

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r2 = 0.686263

Drug abuse is a problem primarily because of its effects on drug users, not its effects on the rest of society.

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r2 = 0.268133

The only way for some workers to achieve fair pay is through collective bargaining.

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r2 = 0.705185

Nobody should be sacked for going on strike.

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r2 = 0.782795

Small businesses are more important to the economy than large corporations.

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r2 = 0.343490

The government should act to stop companies paying executives excessive salaries.

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r2 = 0.880869

Workers in the public sector should be paid as much as those doing similar jobs in private industry.

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r2 = 0.312393


Most correlated statement pairs

CovStatement 1Statement 2
1-0.842161Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.
2-0.832976It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.
3-0.824166Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.
4+0.809921Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.
5+0.733604Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.Family is more important than society.
6-0.728684Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.The wealthy should pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.
7-0.698040Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.
8-0.697116Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.Economic globalisation will increase inequality.
9-0.690962Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.
10-0.680373Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.Some art should receive government funding.

Least correlated statement pairs

CovStatement 1Statement 2
1-0.000025Schools should concentrate on training people for the workforce.Our society needs more lawyers.
2+0.000525Some technologies should never be used, whatever their benefits.Everyone should have the right to trial by jury.
3+0.000923Our armed forces should intervene to stop genocide in other countries.It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.
4-0.000948Legal protection for free expression creates more trouble than it's worth.Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.
5+0.000948Economic globalisation will increase inequality.The government should raise revenue by taxing consumption rather than income.
6+0.001282There is a place for organised religion in government.Our society needs more lawyers.
7+0.002110Drug abuse is a problem primarily because of its effects on drug users, not its effects on the rest of society.Our society needs more lawyers.
8+0.002238Economic globalisation will increase inequality.Class distinctions should exist.
9-0.002259Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.Religious faith should be based on the literal word of God.
10-0.002317Our society needs more lawyers.For society to be cohesive, it is important that everyone shares a common language.

Eigenvectors

1st eigenvector; eigenvalue = 16.874830

ValueStatement
+0.277420Some crimes are so serious that the only proper punishment is the death penalty.
-0.199442Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.
+0.190499There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.
+0.189903Aggressive foreign policies can put a stop to international terrorism.
-0.188568Nobody should go hungry, even if they refuse to work.
+0.187428Aid projects abroad should always be funded by charities, not the taxpayer.
-0.175479It's more important to rehabilitate criminals than to punish them.
-0.174542The wealthy should pay a larger proportion of their income in tax than the poor.
+0.173890Everyone should stand up for the National Anthem.
-0.171570The mix of minorities in public institutions should reflect their numbers in the general population.
+0.171237National law should always override international agreements.
+0.165832Anybody who wants top-quality health care should expect to have to pay for it.
+0.163541Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.
+0.157358Our nation has a glorious history.
+0.155773No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.

2nd eigenvector; eigenvalue = 4.519079

ValueStatement
-0.316766There are some sexual acts which are immoral, even between consenting adults.
+0.296950Scientists bear no moral responsibility for how their discoveries are used.
-0.284343Some technologies should never be used, whatever their benefits.
-0.251821The government should subsidise farmers so that they stay in business, even if it would be cheaper to buy food from abroad.
-0.201527Our sense of right and wrong comes from religious faith.
-0.200759Shared religious beliefs should be an important part of our society.
-0.197088Services like health care, education and social security should be provided by the government, not by private enterprise.
-0.191533There is a place for organised religion in government.
-0.185826To protect society from drug abuse, narcotics must be banned.
-0.177699Economic globalisation will increase inequality.
-0.169415No woman should be allowed to have an abortion, whatever the circumstances.
+0.164932Sometimes civilians are a legitimate military target.
-0.161401Some medical research would require so many animal experiments that it should not be done, whatever the benefits.
+0.155189It's more important to make the poor richer than to decrease the gap between rich and poor.
-0.153075Some art should receive government funding.

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