Quiz - are you left or right wing?

(84 Posts)
flockwallpaper Thu 07-Jan-10 14:01:36

With the election coming up, I thought it would be interesting to do this quiz

I come out as slightly right wing, tending towards anarchist blush

Please post your results - I'm interested to find out how similar, or diverse we are. I'm nothing to do with any political party, just curious smile

hannahsaunt Thu 07-Jan-10 14:24:04

My dot pretty much correlates with Nelson Mandela's dot. Sort of mid-left towards the middle line between liberal and authoritarian but on the liberal side. Think it's fairly accurate.

tisfedup Thu 07-Jan-10 14:33:36

Your political compass

Economic Left/Right: 1.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.72

I am slightly to the right, libertarian. i think

1 box from centre of grid to the right and down 1 box to libertarian

tisfedup Thu 07-Jan-10 14:34:00

good quiz

i am a left libertarian, i think it is fairly spot on.

UnquietDad Thu 07-Jan-10 14:55:43

I came out a not-that-strong left-libertarian, bit nearer the centre than Gandhi and Mandela. Surprised actually - expected to be even more centre and maybe even shading slightly into the upper left quadrant.

cat64 Thu 07-Jan-10 15:01:58

That surprised me - I'm further left than I thought! grin. Thanks - interesting quiz.

mateykatie Thu 07-Jan-10 15:18:24

This is me


Pretty centrist, slightly to the right, slightly libertarian.

mateykatie Thu 07-Jan-10 15:21:27

To get a link to your own graph, just under your own graph on the results page, and click on "show graph on separate page for printing".

I'm a right Libertarian

flockwallpaper Thu 07-Jan-10 15:38:08

mateyKatie and tis, mine came out similarly to yours.


I wonder why there are no examples of slightly right wing libertarian politicians? They are quite an authoritarian lot aren't they grin

Poledra Thu 07-Jan-10 15:43:35

I'm a bit to the right of Nelson Mandela, which surprised me a bit as I thought I would be more towards the right. Perhaps I subconsciously answered what I thought I should rather than what I really think.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 07-Jan-10 15:48:13

I did this a while ago and came out somewhere in the same quarter as Ghandi

ShutUpandDrinkYourGin Thu 07-Jan-10 15:53:27

am libertarian leftie - same as last time I htink

mateykatie Thu 07-Jan-10 15:56:58


Clegg is obviously the most libertarian of the main party leaders, for example, declassifying a lot of drugs, but I'm not sure where he fits on the left/right axis.

Cameron wants to scrap ID cards, doesn't want 42 days detention without charge for terrorist suspects, and wants to restrict council powers to spy on you. In itself, that is far more libertarian than Brown.

There are Tories who are very authoritarian, like Michael Howard, and Tories who are very libertarian, like David Davis and Daniel Hannan, but who are also far too right-wing for my liking.

Interestingly, Harriet Harman, one of the least libertarian politicians out there, was once the director of Liberty!

darcymum Thu 07-Jan-10 16:01:51

Just call me Gandhi.

diedandgonetodevon Thu 07-Jan-10 16:06:18

Unsurprisingly I come out as authoritarian right.

inthesticks Thu 07-Jan-10 16:06:50

I'm there with Nelson Mandela [Halo].
Must get DH to do this, he will , I suspect be over there with George Bush.

mateykatie Thu 07-Jan-10 16:09:03

I think people who spend a lot of time on the internet are automatically more libertarian than the population at large, whether they are left-wing or right-wing.

The internet by its nature is pretty anarchic, largely free from state interference, and gives much more power and freedom to individuals.

flockwallpaper Thu 07-Jan-10 16:09:31

So far, we are mostly libertarian, so why are all the main political parties drifting towards being more authoritarian? Is this the gap in politics that could be filled by a new party? Or do the libdems need to get back to where they were 20 odd years ago?

Didn't realise that about Harriet Harman mateykatie... shock

BelleDameSansMerci Thu 07-Jan-10 16:10:06

I'm between Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. As expected!

another leftie libertarian. Very interesting.

partystress Thu 07-Jan-10 16:12:58

Great quiz - made me think, which I haven't done for about 3 weeks grin

Economic Left/Right: -8.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.36

Nicely nestled between Mandela and the Dalai Lama

Will you do an analysis and post us a lovely pie chart please??

ClaraDeLaNoche Thu 07-Jan-10 16:16:25

I am the Dalai Lama.

Good God that was a tough quiz. Need a rest now.

flockwallpaper Thu 07-Jan-10 16:16:57

partystress, will do if I get time grin

Off to do some work now, so speak later.

GreensElves Thu 07-Jan-10 16:21:27

I am in the extreme bottom left corner

Prinnie Thu 07-Jan-10 16:26:13

Another right wing libertarian here we're the best!

Heqet Thu 07-Jan-10 16:28:00

Economic Left/Right: -3.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.56

so what does that make me then?

mathanxiety Thu 07-Jan-10 16:32:25

Left libertarian, way left actually.

MrsJohnDeere Thu 07-Jan-10 16:38:12

Right-wing libertarian

hocuspontas Thu 07-Jan-10 16:38:33

Great quiz!

I'm twinned with Nelson Mandela. Hurrah!!

tetchyTaLcY Thu 07-Jan-10 16:38:59

I'm sitting with Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.

birdofthenorth Thu 07-Jan-10 16:40:40

I'm fairly lefty, fairly libertarian... not far off the Dalai Lami!!

Economic Left/Right: -2.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.97

Bleatblurt Thu 07-Jan-10 16:45:06

Economic Left/Right: -7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.82

RainRainGoAway Thu 07-Jan-10 16:45:38

I am also sitting with Ghandi - which amazes me as I am a true blue Tory. I know that is nothing to crow about on MN!

Very very surprised.

havoc Thu 07-Jan-10 16:53:36

I'm another one snuggling up with Ghandi and Mandela.

Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Social Libertarian/Authori5arian: -6.92

I have always thought I'm getting more and more right wing with age, so I would have been off the scale 20 years ago!

Clara - I am also the Dalai Lama. All down to having reread the ragged trousered philanthropists this week grin

Nemofish Thu 07-Jan-10 16:56:04

I test as a bit more anarchic than Gandhi!

Pretty much where I thought I would be.

seeker Thu 07-Jan-10 17:03:48

I am an extreme left wing social libertarian - about as far into the bottom left hand corner as you can go. Which will be no surprise to anyone who has spent more that three and a half seconds in my company!

wannatalk Thu 07-Jan-10 17:08:48

Economic Left/Right: -4.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.38

somewhere between mandela and Dali Lama and Ghandi

thedollshouse Thu 07-Jan-10 18:01:15

Left Libertarian. On the same spot as Nelson Mandela. I have done this quiz before and received identical results. Please don't tell me this makes me a wooly liberal, I have only read the guardian once and I had an urge to poke out my own eyes after doing so.

NotAnInterestingName Thu 07-Jan-10 18:12:02

Lefty libertarian not really a surprise.

Jux Thu 07-Jan-10 18:20:57

Just off centre left/libertarian

DiamondHead Thu 07-Jan-10 18:24:05

Economic Left/Right: -3.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.00

flockwallpaper Sun 10-Jan-10 10:38:03

So if I have counted correctly, we have 38 replies.

82% of us are libertarian lefties (31/38)
16% (6/38) of us are libertarian right
2%(1/38) of us are authoritarian right

It's hardly scientific as we are a self selecting sample, but interesting nonetheless. Thanks

flockwallpaper Sun 10-Jan-10 10:42:48

Don't you find it interesting that the major political parties are authoritarian right?

Is it little wonder that so many people feel there is no real choice at this upcoming election?

Or are people becoming more left and libertarian in their views because they are sick of the status quo?

Your thoughts? I don't have the answers, just mulling things over.

Harriedandflustered Sun 10-Jan-10 10:49:11

Economic Left/Right: -2.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.10

Which made me a left libertarian, but not much of one. Perhaps if I do this quiz in ten years' time, I'll hit the intersection exactiy

MitchyInge Sun 10-Jan-10 10:51:14

right wing libertarian here too

let's unite and take over!

TinaSparkles Sun 10-Jan-10 10:57:48

i am pretty much Nelson Mandela

Rindercella Sun 10-Jan-10 11:00:35

Just about the same as The Dalai Lama grin

thedogsgottago Sun 10-Jan-10 11:05:21

Economic Left/Right: -5.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.10

Im with Mandela...woo!

Ponders Sun 10-Jan-10 11:15:55
RamblingRosa Thu 14-Jan-10 10:47:38

I'm more left wing and libertarian than the Dalai Lama and Gandhi grin

mumblechum Thu 14-Jan-10 11:04:50

I'm in the bottom left box but q. close to the bottom right box.

Interesting, I think I'm getting a bit more right wing in my old age but this quiz doesn't bear that out.

Many of the questions were loaded, though, imo.

SkipToMyLou Thu 14-Jan-10 11:13:44


I agree, the questions weren't exactly unbiased. Pleased to be where I am on the chart, though I didn't think I'd be so far towards Libertarian - don't think DC would agree!

Batteryhuman Thu 14-Jan-10 19:30:22

Left -6.50, libertarian -6.77.

Somewhat more libertarian than Mandela, more to the left than the Dalai Lama

almondfinger Thu 14-Jan-10 19:59:56

Call me Gandhi II.

Far more left then I would have thought, I suspect even my husband is a little surprised as he slags me for my conservative leanings!

Love a good quiz.

electra Wed 20-Jan-10 19:35:17

I fit with Gandhi as well...

domesticextremist Wed 20-Jan-10 19:46:52

ahem further than Mandela and Gandhi but I wouldnt call myself an anarchist by any means - lots of the questions left no room for grey...

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 20-Jan-10 19:59:34

I'm an Extreme left-wing Libertarian which shocked me.

conomic Left/Right: -8.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.31

monkeysavingexpertdotcom Wed 20-Jan-10 20:01:10

Love this sort of nonsense.
I'm slightly to the left of Nelson Mandela; DH (as I thought, soppy wet git) is more liberal than Gandhi.
What always surprises me about things like this is that for half the questions I'm thinking "well obviously there's only one right answer to THAT one" - didn't see any dots for "bigot" grin

MummyPig Wed 20-Jan-10 22:51:52

I was a lefty libertarian too: (-6.88,-7.49)

BeckyBook Fri 22-Jan-10 23:34:20

Extremely left-leaning, extremely libertarian (-7.75, -7.90)

ivanahoe Sat 30-Jan-10 16:12:18

Im left of centre because I believe the State via tax payers money should play a vital role as the state does across the EU.

The self styled individualistic approach brought in by Thatcher might have cornered the self interested British middle class vote, but it has also brutilised Britain, and our elderly people have taken the brunt of the last 30 years in this country thanks to New Labour following in Thatcher's footsteps.

abouteve Sat 30-Jan-10 16:32:43

I'm a leftie libertarian but not that extreme. -2.50 and -2.87.

CantSupinate Sat 30-Jan-10 16:34:21

On which websites would Authoritarian Rightwingers predominate in the replies, do we think? Jeremy-Clarke-fans-United.org? Matthew-Parris-Is-my-Honeybunny.com? Senior-Surfers.co.uk?

I'm another one cavorting down in the Dalai Llama's quarter. I really thought I'd come out more right wing on economic stuff, though.

Anyone else wish they could put down 'neutral' on some of the questions? I don't really have an opinion about the death penalty, for instance.

TheFallenMadonna Sat 30-Jan-10 16:36:55

I'm a leftie libertarian too, which upsets me as I rather thought I was authoritarian, rather than somewhere to the south of the Dalai Lama.

Ivykaty44 Sat 30-Jan-10 16:48:00

Economic Left/Right: -4.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.26

Ivykaty44 Sat 30-Jan-10 16:50:15

neutral doesn't count though - so it wouldn't work...

Granny23 Sat 30-Jan-10 17:12:41

Also just SW of Dalai Lama, which is I think accurate. I looked at the other chart re political parties and the only one in this area is the Greens. I would vote Green if I lived in England, but here in Scotland I vote SNP ( who are not shown on the chart but are surely well to the left of Labour)

imgonnaliveforever Wed 03-Feb-10 15:53:57

I am Gandhi!

pooter Wed 03-Feb-10 16:08:30

-6 and -6, so another Dalai Lama here smile


lefty libertarian
which is kind of what i expected

lou031205 Wed 03-Feb-10 16:32:45

-6.12, 0.46

Left/Authoritarian; not a surprise to me.

lou031205 Wed 03-Feb-10 16:35:39

Am I the only one with a + value for libertarian/authoriarian shock - no wonder I feel like an alien on so many threads.

duckyfuzz Wed 03-Feb-10 16:54:08

I'm with Nelson and co, left -7.50 and libertarian -4.82

donnie Thu 04-Feb-10 18:13:16

-7.12 and -4.26 for me. Pretty left but I knew that already! good quiz though!

Wolliw Fri 05-Feb-10 16:16:28

Economic Left/Right: -5.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.31
Partystress you're hardcore. Further left than me, but not as libertarian.

BethNoireNewNameForPeachy Sat 06-Feb-10 14:22:52

Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.74

Wishing she was Ghandhi-like but failing- yep thats me!

pagwatch Sat 06-Feb-10 14:41:44

left libertarian - about the same spot as the dali lama.
But I am way more stylish

PiperHalliwell Sat 06-Feb-10 15:15:42

Economic Left/Right: -5.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.38

Interesting quiz!

pretty much bang on the same spot as ghandi

not much of a surprise tbh grin

wahwah Sun 07-Feb-10 11:14:04

Economic Left/Right: -8.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.72

this surprised me a bit, but I'm in good company I think!

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