Well, after doing the three quizzes…I am suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.
Like a few other people have mentioned, I actually despise politics. I find the whole topic divisive and I always feel like it only causes dissent. This may sound unpatriotic or apathetic, but I just have never developed a knack for or love of anything related to the political sector. Although I do have very definitive stances on certain issues (particularly the social ones), I find my positions on the other ones much less clear-cut. Therefore, I have no desire to argue or debate over who is right/wrong on certain stances. People have differing opinions; life will go on.
According to the Pew Research Center quiz, I am a Post-Modern along with 13% of the general public. Now, I really found issue with this quiz because the statements were SO black and white. I didn’t necessarily agree full-heartedly with either statement in some cases, but was forced to choose. Additionally, changing ONE answer changed the entire result of my quiz. If the answer to one basic issue completely changes my classification, then how accurate or necessary are these classifications in the first place?
Although a “Maybe” option was given on the shortest of the three quizzes, I still found this one to be a little bit challenging for me. I was told that I am a Centrist with my “Red Dot” falling somewhere between Libertarian and Right (Conservative), which I found borderline comical because I know that I disagree with some of the stereotypically right-wing opinions on very prevalent social issues. It’s possible that my limited knowledge of certain issues skewed the results of this one.
My favorite of the three quizzes was actually the one that didn’t seek to “classify” you. Although it told you with which political figures you most agree, it did not try to force you into a classification. According to the quiz, I agree the most with Joe Biden, the current VP. Kind of funny considering my highest match was only at 63%. The next closest person was 48%, which means that I don’t even agree with “half” of his opinions (if you can put it like that). Hmmm..that really makes sense… In the end, it appears that the people I disagree the most with (as low as 10%) are the Republicans, which is funny considering I appeared to be slightly right-wing based on the results of the other quizzes…
What this entire process taught me is that maybe I’m just as Independent as ever. And maybe everyone else is too. Who needs to be forced into a metaphorical boxing ring with someone based solely on the fact that one is labeled a Democrat and the other is labeled a Republican? Maybe the entire political system is beginning to trend towards less extreme opinions? Quite honestly, I hope so. Because I think the extremism only taints the entire notion of politics.