The Center For American Progress recently released the results of a political positions survey. They asked respondents to rate their level of agreement with 40 questions on a scale of 0-10, with 0 at the ‘disagree’ end of the spectrum. They converted each person’s responses into a numerical value (that they call a ‘composite ideology measure’) between 0 and 400.
They’ve also put the online version of the survey up on their website. I came in as “extremely progressive” (although I still swear I’m a moderate), with a score of 315/400. If you take the survey, I’d be very interested to hear what your score is. Let me know in the comments. If you’re not an American, I’d appreciate it if you mention that, too.
The Center for American Progress’ findings are below the jump.
The results are probably going to be a disappointment to the people who say that we’re a “center-right” nation. They’re also going to be a bit of a letdown to the people who think we’re “center-left” – they’re more right correct, and we do seem to be showing clear movement in that direction. At the moment, though, based on the results of this survey, it really looks like we’re a “center-center” nation. The mean “ideology measure” for the nation in this survey was 209.5. Technically, that is on the “progressive” side of a 0-400 scale, but it’s pretty close to the center.
I’m going to have a little more to say about the survey, and about some of the things said in the report early next week. (I think there’s a clear tie-in with one of my posts from yesterday.)