There has been flurry of bloggers posting their results on the Political Compass Test. This test attempts to measure your political leanings on a two-dimensional scale, with a left/right axis and a libertarian/authoritarian axis. Lawrence Solum has collected some of the results here.
This has inspired me to reorganize the results into a table so you can see at a glance where everyone is, add links to all the blogs, and add a form so others can easily add themselves.
[Go here to see the table and the form.](http://cgi.cse.unsw.edu.au/~lambert/cgi-bin/survey/compass.html)
I don’t think the results of the test should be taken too seriously—I found several questions that were rather ambiguous and my results might have been different if I had interpreted them differently. The test also rated me as more libertarian than David Friedman, which seems rather wrong to me. Nor are the results below representative of all bloggers, since it is a self selected sample. But it’s fun to do the test and see where you end up, so enjoy yourself!
If you want to add your own result to the table, you can take the political compass survey here.
Update: There has been some interesting discussion about whether a 2D political model like this is at all meaningful. Julian Sanchez says “yes”, while Matt Yglesias says “no”. I’ve plotted the results and drawn a best-fit line through them and it looks to me as if there is some justification for a 2D model. On the left side of the graph most everyone lies close to the line, but on the right side there are people in the top right quadrant (“conservatives”) and in the bottom right quadrant (“libertarians”) and the line isn’t really close to either group.
Possibly this is because libertarians are overrepresented in this (non-random) sample. If libertarians are much less common in the general population then the conventional left/right axis will fit much better there.
Update 2: Russell Arben Fox is all by himself in the upper left of the graph and is feeling lonely.
At the moment about two thirds of the entries are on the left side. I think this is because left bloggers are more likely to read left blogs, so links to this page have propagated more in left blogspace.