Sunday, April 6, 2008

Social Attitude Test (mine? you bet!)

Social Attitude Test

Courtesy of the Children of Millennium

Your scores:

Radicalism: 95 percent
Tenderness: 50 percent
Socialism: 74 percent

These scores indicate that you are a radical; this is the political profile one might associate with a university professor. It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and have a generally optimistic attitude towards humanity in general.

To round out the picture, your attitudes towards economics appear socialist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as left-wing.

This concludes our analysis; we hope you found your results accurate, useful, and interesting.

About the test

Unlike many other political tests found on the Internet which base themselves on untested (and usually ideologically motivated) ideas, this inventory is adapted from Hans Eysenck's own political inventory which was developed after extensive emprical investigations in the 20th Century. Eysenck found that, although individual opinions vary, they tend to cluster in specific ways:

Firstly, social opinions tend to fall predictably along a conservative/radical axis, which will be recognized by most people as the right-wing vs left-wing political axis.

Secondly, attitudes vary along a tough/tender axis, which appears to distinguish between realistic and pragmatic vs idealistic and trusting individuals.

Thirdly, Eysenck found that economic opinions also cluster along a socialist/capitalist axis, which exposes a sympathies towards big business and the wealthy vs. sympathies towards governmental intervention and the poor.

Although less research has investigated the socialist/capitalist dimension of political values, a large body of research has accumulated regarding the tough/tender and conservative/radical dimensions. Tough-minded conservatives are described as militaristic and authoritarian, favoring harsh punishment and opposing minorites, while tough-minded radicals are individualistic and secularist, supporting sexual freedom and believing in evolution. On the tender side, tender-minded conservatives were found to be religious and moralistic, supporting censorship and belief in God, while tender-minded radicals are described as pacifistic humanitarians who support racial equality and are more likely to claim to be vegetarians.

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