My quiz results from The Pew Research Center told me that I was a Strong Liberal along with 14% of the other people who took the quiz. The results page showed on some of the 20 questions where I stood in terms of where they placed me compared to the rest of the general public. I liked the quiz and felt as though it gave me the result that I believed it would. While I am a Political Science minor and my parents follow politics incredibly closely, I have never felt like I was a political aficionado. That is why I would not have been surprised to get a different result back.
While I do follow politics a bit and have certainly been following the 2012 Presidential election, my understanding of the deep underlying issues is not as strong as it should be. The quiz said to choose 1 of the two choices for each of the 20 rows and ” Even if neither statement is exactly right, choose the response that comes closest to your views.” On a solid amount of them it was not an easy decision. I feel as though a strong liberal would not hesitate in his responses to these questions and while I did not on many of them, there were a few where I did take my time to think. That is why if I really look myself in the mirror I am probably more towards the center than this quiz has indicated.
I decided to take the short quiz that Jordi offered as well and that put me in the Liberal field too. My results showed that I am a true left liberal in the eyes of the quiz. While the quiz was short, it was very different in the questions and question forms. This quiz offered a maybe option that the other quiz could have utilized as well.
I look forward to following the rest of the election and enjoying the debate tomorrow night. While it is not more true that parents affect their children’s politic views than in my case, I have worked hard to form my own opinions on separate issues as I’ve grown older. Our country is becoming more polarized by the day and whether or not you believe that to be a good thing, it is a certainty that each party is not the exact same thing as it used to be. With the Tea Party and other extremist groups starting to gain power and influecne it is an important time for students our age to form their own opinions and as voters, lead this country in the direction we believe to be the right one.
At the end of the day, we all should vote…..because we are all Patriots!