Lots of folks have reported their results on the Political Compass. Now Chris Lightfoot has come up with a better political survey. I think it is much better than the Political Compass survey because:
- There aren’t as many horribly ambiguous questions.
- The methodology is open so we can see how your answers get converted to a score.
- Rather than start with preconceived left/right authoritarian/libertarian axes, he has used principal component analysis to find a two-dimensional political space. The first dimension seems to correspond to the conventional left/right axis. The second dimension is less well defined. Lightfoot calls it pragmatic/idealistic, but you should not get too hung up on the name—the important thing is that someone is the same location in the 2D space as you will tend to answer all the questions the same way.
- You get a results page that lets you show anyone exactly how you answered the questions.
In the table below, you can, if you wish, enter the URL that Chris Lightfoot’s survey gives you for your results. That creates an asterisk next to your name that links to your results page. So you can show others where you are in this table, if someone follows a link to this page from your blog, your name should appear in red.
[Go here to see the table and the form.](http://cgi.cse.unsw.edu.au/~lambert/cgi-bin/survey/polsurvey.html)