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UK-centric political spectrum test

From nwhyte a different political spectrum test. It's calibrated to the UK political spectrum, and I think they have derived the axes from factor analysis of existing data, rather than predefining the factors and then seeing where people fall. Therefore I think it's less American and less ideological/libertarian than the other one. I like analyses that use emergent factors. The advantage is that this lets them pick the two axes of opinion that explain maximum variance: the disadvantage is that the axes aren't that easy to describe, though they are recognisable left/right.

One factor is what I would call 'traditional Tory' (hanging and flogging, anti-Europe, anti-immigration) and one factor is what I would call 'neocon' (pro war and free markets, and pro-American). I was pretty far to the left on both of these.



Interestingly, on what I have called the 'traditional Tory' axis they say that 'Most people who think of themselves as being "left wing" are at the centre on this axis; those who think of themselves as being "right wing" usually are on the right of this axis." - that is traditional left wingers in the UK are nevertheless moderately Tory on internationalism and law and order.

On the other hand, on what I have called the 'neocon' axis, the opposite is the case. 'Most people who think of themselves as being "right wing" are on the centre on the second axis; those who think of themselves as being "left wing" usually are on the left of this axis.' That is, in the UK, even right wingers are only moderately in favour of an American-style neocon agenda.

So I think this survey has revealed something very true about the British political spectrum: the majority are old Tory rather than Neocon in their beliefs. I disagree with both points of view, though I suppose neocon seems more alien and poisonous.

Here are my results. My results seem to place me at one extreme of variance, with less that 1% of the population of the UK 'more left-wing than me. However when my results are cross-referenced against newspaper readership, I am plonk in the middle of 'typical Guardian reader' territory.

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