No, But Really…Who Am I?

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.



4 thoughts on “No, But Really…Who Am I?

  1. Yeah, I totally agree with you. The surveys also didn’t work for me. The descriptions are far off. I think the survey makers should put down more options or more questions to really capture the true personality of the subjects. Now, the survey results look like a fortune cookie that comes up with statements that looks true to the majority of the people.

  2. I am not an expert on the Pew survey methodology. While I also felt I was forced into choices, given that they are coming up with 7 or 8 categories for a country with 200 million or more potential voters, no quiz is going ot identify anyone as “Republican-except-on-environment- and abortion-ought-to-be-legal-but-restricted-and-more-funding-for-headstart” or “Strong-liberal-who-owns-a-gun-and-is-evangelical.”

    The better measure is whether that label is the best label for you relative to the others. I like the quiz for having MORE than left vs right.

  3. There is lots of political science and sociology that studies the question of “extremism.” One needs to define what it would mean. In general, I would think the amount of vitriol in the media is NOT a good indication. That measures certain media and political tactics in the odd world where viewership fights for sponsor dollars overlaps with attempts to shape debate and politics.

    One study I saw recently looked a the policy positions of candidates and measured them in terms of their ideas against generally agreed-upon principles of left vs right orientation. The gist of the results is that since the 1980s, the right moved right and the left followed. Hence, compared to Europe or Asian democracies (Japan, Australia, So Korea, etc), Obama’s policy ideas would make him more of a center right candidate than a true “liberal.” The health care debate and reform is one example. Some societies have instituted more socialist systems; in France, the UK, and Canada, the state pays for all health care (citizens can supplement this coverage with private plans). What “Obamacare” did (last night he said he liked the term after I think they tried to distance themselves and use the actual name- ACA) was to use the existing for-profit system of insurance companies and change the rules of the market such that they must take anyone (can not deny). To pay for this, for them, the bill requires Americans to purchase in this market. If the latter was not there, it would probably bankrupt insurance firms as sicker people would flood their plans and healthier (today, who knows tomorrow?) people would sit out.

    Anyway, I digress. In a more global context, Obama is not very liberal.

    • Jordi, it is interesting to consider that the positions of the political “sides” are all completely relative. I think as a country we often tend to forget that other countries and their governments have their own political spectrum that would put ours in a totally different context than we are accustomed to. Additionally, it does seem like our political party system is constantly shifting; thus, our positions (in terms of “left” vs. “right”) is never static.

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