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Your Political Philosophy
The below is a way of thinking about your political philosophy by dividing your PoliticsMatch answers into "personal" and "economic" questions.  It is only a theory - please take it with a grain of salt!

Personal Questions:  Liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictions answers.

Economic Questions:  Conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictions answers.
 

Your Score

You scored the following on the PoliticsMatch questions:
 

Personal Score 0%
Economic Score 0%
 

Where You Fit In

Where your Personal score meets your Economic score on the grid below is your political philosophy.  Based on the above score, you are a Hard Core Populist .

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Personal Score

This measures how much you believe government should intervene in people's personal lives. Personal issues include health, love, recreation, prayer and other activities that are not measured in dollars.

  • A high score (above 60%) means you believe in tolerance for different people and lifestyles.
  • A low score (below 40%) means you believe that your standards of morality & safety should be enforced by government. 

Economic Score

This measures how much you believe government should intervene in people's economic lives. Economic issues include retirement funding, budget allocations, and taxes. 

  • A high score (above 60%) means you believe in personal responsibility for your financial matters, and that free-market competition is better for people than central planning by the government. 
  • A low score (below 40%) means you believe that a good society is best achieved by the government redistributing wealth. You believe that government's purpose is to decide which programs are good for society, and how much should be spent on each program.
Examples

The chart below indicates how four "hard-core" political philosophers would answer the questions. From this example, you can see how you fit in with each philosophy.  Your answers are on the left.

  • A "hard-core liberal" would answer personal questions to minimize government involvement, but would answer economic questions to include government intervention.
  • A "hard-core libertarian" would answer both personal and economic questions to minimize government involvement.
  • A "hard-core conservative" would answer personal questions to include government intervention, but would answer economic questions to minimize government involvement.
  • A "hard-core populist" would answer both personal and economic questions with proposals that include government intervention.

 

= Strongly Support    = Support    = No Opinion    = Oppose    = Strongly Oppose
 

Personal Issues You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Populist
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
 
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
 
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
 
Make voter registration easier
 
Avoid foreign entanglements
 
Keep God in the public sphere
 
EPA regulations are too restrictive
 
Stricter punishment reduces crime
 
Expand the military
 
Marijuana is a gateway drug
 

= Strongly Support    = Support    = No Opinion    = Oppose    = Strongly Oppose

Economic Issues You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Populist
Legally require hiring more Women/Minorities
 
Expand ObamaCare
 
Higher taxes on the wealthy
 
Prioritize green energy
 
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
 
Privatize Social Security
 
Vouchers for school choice
 
Absolute Right To Gun Ownership
 
Support and Expand Free Trade
 
Support American Exceptionalism
 
You Hard-core Liberal Hard-core Libertarian Hard-Core Conservative Hard-Core Populist

= Strongly Support    = Support    = No Opinion    = Oppose    = Strongly Oppose

 

Final Notes

To ensure balance among political viewpoints, we arranged the wording of the questions so that half the time, the answer involving more government is answered by "strongly support", and half the time by "strongly oppose." Hence, each of the "hard core" philosophers would choose "strongly support" for 5 of the Personal questions and for 5 of the Economic questions.

Many of these statements cross over the line between personal issues and economic issues. And many people might answer what we call a "Personal" issue based on economic reasoning. But we have tried to arrange a series of questions which separates the way you think about government activities in these two broad scales.

Political Map and some content from Advocates for Self-Government.

 

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