Wednesday, January 24, 2007



Where do you stand on Australian politics?

The Oz politics blog has a nifty political test here, which maps answers to the positions of the various Australian political parties. It should come as no surprise that, were I in Australia, I would likely vote Green or Democrat - or that I come out as 94% opposed to "traditional values". And they didn't even ask me about flag-burning...

It would be nice to see a New Zealand version of this, though Australia is fairly close in some respects, and at least its different from the traditional Americentrism of such tests.

8 comments:

I seem to be Greens 90.9%, Australian Democrats 82.3%, and ALP 79.6%

Political outlook
Your broad political orientation score is -70.7%, which equates to a ‘Left’ position

Economic policy
Your economic policy score score is -57.9%. This equates to a ‘Left’ position

Social policy
Your social policy score is -54.7%. This equates to a ‘Left’ position

Traditional values
Your traditional values score is -77%. This equates to a ‘Far Left’ position

Posted by G7 : 1/24/2007 01:15:00 PM

I got Greens then Dems too. I was surprised to find my economic views characterised as 'far left' though. I mean I wasn't even asked about nationalisation and private property etc. I just confessed to liking higher taxes and more social spending. Oh well...

Posted by terence : 1/24/2007 01:19:00 PM

I got Dems 87.3%, Greens 86.9, ALP 72.8. To be honest though I wasn't sure I completely understood the intent of some of the Australia-specific questions.

Political outlook
Your broad political orientation score is -57%, which equates to a ‘Left’ position

Economic policy
Your economic policy score score is -43.4%. This equates to a ‘Left’ position

Social policy
Your social policy score is -26.7%. This equates to a ‘Centre Left’ position

Traditional values
Your traditional values score is -96.2%. This equates to a ‘Far Left’ position

Posted by Anonymous : 1/24/2007 01:43:00 PM

Just about what I expected:

Your broad political orientation score is 32.1%, which equates to a ‘Centre Right’ position

Your economic policy score score is 75%. This equates to a ‘Far Right’ position

Your social policy score is 83.5%. This equates to a ‘Far Right’ position

Your traditional values score is -77.5%. This equates to a ‘Far Left’ position

It's interesting to note that the authors of the test have taken a different route to the political compass people, and chosen to stick with the left / right spectrum, but break it up into four separate areas.

Posted by Duncan Bayne : 1/24/2007 02:04:00 PM

Duncan, you and I are pretty much polar opposites:

political orientation
score is -34.6%, which equates to a ‘Centre Left’ position

economic policy
score is -55.6%. This equates to a ‘Left’ position

social policy
score is -61.8%. This equates to a ‘Left’ position

traditional values
score is 59.3%. This equates to a ‘Right’ position

Posted by muerk : 1/24/2007 03:25:00 PM

Greens 83%
Australian Democrats 73%
Labor Party 69.3%

Political orientation score is -54.9%, which equates to a ‘Left’ position

Economic policy score score is -65.1%. This equates to a ‘Left’ position

Social policy score is -20%. This equates to a ‘Centre Left’ position

Traditional values score is -67.9%. This equates to a ‘Left’ position

-- Normally I turn out more "far left" than this. But there were quite a few questions where I took a safe middle ground not knowing the details of Australian policy. e.g., how "generous" (or not) certain policies are at the moment; surplus/deficit position.

Posted by dc_red : 1/24/2007 04:28:00 PM

Oh my God, I'm a hippy.

Posted by Paul : 1/24/2007 06:57:00 PM

A NZ version would need serious tweaking, of course. Would the average NZ First voter score as a One Nation voter? That would be scary.
As for my own result, I'm pleased it never placed me on the Tory side of the spectrum.

Posted by Uroskin : 1/25/2007 02:08:00 PM