On Friday I was planning on blogging about the Nolan Chart that is used by some groups to help people identify their political ideology. As often happens with a popular celebrity promoting a website – the Nolan Chart website was so busy- I was unable to log in until Sunday. I finally did get logged in and took the fairly short test. The results were somewhat surprising – though not a total shock. The site breaks your results into a four category graph that surrounds a Centrist graph-center. The top section of the graph is charted as Progressive. The right side of the graph is charted for Conservative. The left side is charted as Liberal. The bottom section of the graph is charted as Statism. After I took the test on the website I found links to a few other sites that used versions of the Nolan Chart and similar questions. The test results were similar at each site I found. The amount of questions was always short. The questions were multiple choice of choosing the answer that best described your opinion. And in some cases I found myself wavering between selections. In my opinion- that is a weakness among multiple choice tests with questions that force you to select from only one answer. Some of the choices I only partly agreed with and in some choices I partly agree with more than one of the multiple choices. Still I thought the test was interesting and the final results were probably descriptive of my political ideology. I also liked that the test did not just lump you in as just Liberal or Conservative. So the question is – Who are you? Do you take the test? Of course the real conundrum is – Do you really want to know?
My Nolan Chart test results were as follows – Conservative Libertarian. The yellow point on the included image displays where I was located on the chart.
If you are soul-searching for political insight another website that might interest you is CiViCSCIENCE. It has a forum that offers up current events as well as Q&A on hot button topics. The site offers up questions about multiple subjects and then rates your political leaning per subject. They use a combined score to display where your political leanings are located on a blue-purple-red color graph from a center point between Liberal and Conservative. Most of my subjects I tested slightly right of center. A few topics I tested way right of center. And a couple of subjects I tested slightly left of center. My final score put me kind of in a red tinged purple zone that was just right of center.