Can our democracy be improved? Is the Two Party System the best we can have? Does it truly represent The Will of The People?
Try the polls and quizzes herein. You will learn something new and useful.
Our plurality-takes-all voting system breaks down when there are more than two viable candidates on the ballot. That's why we have a two-party system in the U.S.
But we still get more than two candidates to consider during contested presidential primaries, however much the press tries to narrow the field before the first vote is cast. This creates problems.
There is a solution. Many solutions, actually: Approval, Instant Runoff, Condorcet, Range, and Star voting all work better than Plurality when you have more than two candidates.
But which is the best? Why not try them all and experience them for yourself! There is a poll for Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians for 2020. (To make the Republican ballot interesting, I have added some candidates from 2016.)
You can see the results so far here. For now, the breakdown is only by party. Once enough people have voted, I'll break down by state and do a delegate breakdown based on the Electoral College.
The original purpose of this site: a political quiz based on the Nolan Chart with a much higher degree of precision than the World's Smallest Political Quiz. I wanted to find out where the Libertarian Party was way too radical, and where they could stick to Principle without losing too many votes. I also wanted a better tool to get voters to think outside the Left-Right political paradigm.
The classic version used blatantly emotional language to measure sentiment and see what people think when exposed to propaganda different from that put out by the mainstream media. People complained about bias.
The latest version strives for objectivity, and is a suitable tool for civics classes to illustrate some of the possible political positions. If you haven't already, try it out now!.
See how other people scored. Overall scatter plots, and answer tallies by question for each area on the political map. One of these days, I want to do some correlation studies as well. Is there an ideology which doesn't fit this map? A mix of conservative and liberal positions unknown to today's pundits?
Have you taken this quiz in the past but forgotten the recommended links and books? You can reach your result page without retaking the quiz by clicking the appropriate link below. You can also see the recommendations given to people who scored differently from you.
Stimulate Constructive Political Debate
“My side is right!” “ Their side is wrong!” “They lied!” “Blah! Blah! Blah!”
This is no way to run a country. More nuance is in order.
The Enhanced-Precision Political Quiz makes it clear that there is a wide range of possible options for every issue. And the Nolan Chart on which it is based makes it clear that there are at least two ranges of possible opinion overall.
At least two. Though the Nolan Chart is a huge improvement over the limited Left-Right spectrum, it is still a projection of a wider space of options. The Quiz herein samples that wider space with creative possibilities outside the usual debates, ranging from more universal military service without a draft to a citizen dividend as a replacement for most welfare programs. The result screens reveal yet more possibilities ranging from easy ways to stop global warming to voting systems which allow us to consider more options at the polling place.
This site now exists not to push any particular party or ideology, but to stimulate creative political thought. If you are an educator teaching social studies, history or political science, have your students take the test and prepare for lively discussion afterwards. Likewise, if you are on a forum and want to uplift your discussions out of parroting the usual talking points, use this quiz as a poll.
Finally, if you know of a political party, organization, or think tank which deserves mention in some of the result screens, contact me.