Political 'scales' for use in a survey
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28-08-2013, 04:24 AM
Political 'scales' for use in a survey
Hi guys,

For those of you that don't frequent the 'forum issues & suggestions' area of the forum, I'm working on a TTA survey that looks to capture the views of the forum population specifically around religious views.

However, one of the questions we want to pose is around 'political affiliation', given the vast range of international/local and personal political viewpoints, it's really difficult to condense into a single quesiton with a fixed set of responses.

The 'best' scale I've seen so far is this one - which breaks political affiliation into four very broad categories. But initial feedback from the community is that this is too generic to accurately capture a political view.

Do you guys know of a better means of asking this question? Ideally I want to keep the number of questions in the survey to a minimum, but if we need to ask more questions in order to better drill down on the user base that's fine.

You can see the 'work in progress' survey here - NOTE it is currently inactive and will not store data.

Further debate on the survey can be found here.

Cheers

S

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28-08-2013, 02:42 PM
RE: Political 'scales' for use in a survey
Well, that model is much better that left-right scales. I'd personally prefer a sphere.

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28-08-2013, 04:42 PM (This post was last modified: 29-08-2013 08:59 AM by Revenant77x.)
RE: Political 'scales' for use in a survey
[Image: the-economy-at-work-long-post_o_1042891.webp]

That about covers it.

https://global3.memecdn.com/the-economy-...42891.webp

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28-08-2013, 05:31 PM (This post was last modified: 28-08-2013 05:39 PM by Luminon.)
RE: Political 'scales' for use in a survey
I don't have a political affiliation. I have a problem-solving affiliation. And I'd expect the same from those who claim to have a personal relationship with reality. If you can be literally off the charts on the beliefs in various gods and religions, you can be off the charts on all the old governing opinions. Last time I heard, you were against opinions in the government, opinions on who created the world. Good, you can continue with opinions how to distribute resources and control behavior. I don't see much difference between these. They all seem to work for some time if enough people believe in them and they always fail after this time. Well, maybe that's the problem, you know what they say about opinions and assholes.

See how every picture has guns, money or both? Do you realize, how ancient are these instruments? Why don't people use methods of science to develop new methods to distribute resources and provide security?
Scientist: a man who sends people into the cosmos, drives around with a combustion engine discovered 200 years ago, gets his lunch using a form of barter, which was invented up to 100,000 years ago and lets his government solve problems by the method of bashing other people on head, which was invented by Homo Habilis 2 million years ago.

Have a political poll all you like, but if you want to spice it up, don't forget what I say, quote me or paraphrase something. Become unbelievers in god and repeat the process with all other bullshit. I can guess the result in advance, better thinkers will be rated more anarchist, the better imagination and goodwill to the left, the more money and social skills to the right.

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28-08-2013, 05:43 PM
RE: Political 'scales' for use in a survey
There isn't a problem, or too generic, using the political compass for a general survey like that. If you wanted to get really involved and specific, it would likely have to be with a survey specifically with regard to views on how society should be organized and function. In a general survey, a generally defined political view seems perfectly okay.

The only thing left out is with structure of government and social. It puts social and governmental into the same category, so you couldn't distinguish someone who might be libertarian with regard to government but maybe racist or sexist, for example; and it also would not allow you to distinguish how they think the structure and power of society should be arranged, e.g., democratically or aristocratically etc., or the extent of power.

You could go:

Anarcho-Communist - no state, no private ownership
Anarcho-Capitalist- no state, private ownership

Libertarian State Socialist- state power limited, social ownership
Libertarian State Capitalist- state power limited, private ownership

Social-Welfare State Capitalist- state, private/state ownership, welfare system

State Socialist- state, social/state ownership
State Capitalist- state, private/state ownership

Authoritarian State Socialist- extensive state power, social/state ownership
Authoritarian State Capitalist- extensive state power, private/state ownership

That would give some more choices.

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29-08-2013, 05:18 AM
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(28-08-2013 04:42 PM)Revenant77x Wrote:  [Image: the-economy-at-work-long-post_o_1042891.webp]

That about covers it. <<<<<<<<<It helps if I could see picture....

TrulyX Wrote:You could go:

Anarcho-Communist - no state, no private ownership
Anarcho-Capitalist- no state, private ownership

Libertarian State Socialist- state power limited, social ownership
Libertarian State Capitalist- state power limited, private ownership

Social-Welfare State Capitalist- state, private/state ownership, welfare system

State Socialist- state, social/state ownership
State Capitalist- state, private/state ownership

Authoritarian State Socialist- extensive state power, social/state ownership
Authoritarian State Capitalist- extensive state power, private/state ownership

That would give some more choices.

I WILL go with this. Excellent work sir.

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