The universe tells me to vote Obama

Via Jake, we get a candidate selector for the US election. While the company behind it is Dutch, the questions seem fairly well-tuned, and the results seem to be right. The same company has apparently been pretty popular in the Netherlands. The only thing that will make the results wonky is that the candidates are tightly clustered, which presumably makes the results very sensitive to shades of meaning, and small changes in answers could, presumably, change your favored candidate.


  1. #1 IanR
    January 11, 2008

    Nice toy. Looks like I’m just a little bit further left than you, but still far closer to Obama than anyone else. Makes sense then that I support him…if only I could vote.

  2. #2 Paul Decelles
    January 11, 2008

    I come out just a tad to the economic right of you, but still right by Obama. But yes the way the candidates are clustered really makes the outcome sensitive to slight differences in interpretation. At least the Republicans and Democrats are clearly in separate clusters.

  3. #3 Stuart Elliott
    January 12, 2008

    There’s something deeply flawed about this test.

    It shows John Edwards to the right of Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson on the economic axis.

    It doesn’t show Ron Paul–who wants to abolish social security, the Federal Reserve, anti-discrimination legislation–as furthest to the right on economics.

    It doesn’t ask a question about the right to form a union. It doesn’t ask a question about so-called free trade.

  4. #4 The Ridger
    January 12, 2008

    And it only has four Democratic candidates, too. There should be a face out there where you (and I) am.

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