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The World's Smallest Political Quiz measures tendencies. For instance, if you score "libertarian" with a 70/70 score (seventy points on the personal and economic sides), you may not agree with libertarians on all issues, but you will find you have more in common with libertarians than any other political group. The same if you score "left," "conservative," etc.
The higher you score, the more clearly your tendency is defined. That means the highest scores in the libertarian area reflect not just a libertarian tendency, but very consistent libertarian beliefs. If you scored "libertarian" 100-100, it is virtually certain that you are a libertarian.
We've worked hard to refine the questions over the years to try and remove bias and come up with a Quiz that reflects the real political world for the vast majority of takers -- while also keeping the Quiz short, easy, understandable, fast, and fun. Hundreds of man-hours have gone into refining this simple-looking tool to make it fun, fast -- and very accurate. People from across the political spectrum find it useful and eye-opening. People use the Quiz because it works.
The Quiz is scored by assigning quantitative values to answers on the 10 questions (20 points for Agree, 10 for Maybe, and zero for Disagree). Those values are then charted on the two-axis map to place the taker in the category in which he or she is most inclined.
Each section of the Quiz chart corresponds with a political philosophy:
Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates "traditional values." They oppose excessive government control of business, while endorsing government action to defend morality and the traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.
Left (Liberal, Progressive)
Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded "safety net" to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.
Centrist espouse a "middle ground" regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose "political extremes," and emphasize what they describe as "practical" solutions to problems.
Libertarians support maximum liberty in both personal and economic matters. They advocate a much smaller government, one that is limited to protecting individuals from coercion and violence. Libertarians tend to embrace individual responsibility, oppose government bureaucracy and taxes, promote private charity, tolerate diverse lifestyles, support the free market, and defend civil liberties.
Statist (Big Government)
Statists want government to have a great deal of power over the economy and individual behavior. They frequently doubt whether economic liberty and individual freedom are practical options in today's world. Statists tend to distrust the free market, support high taxes and centralized planning of the economy, oppose diverse lifestyles, and question the importance of civil liberties.