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In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself

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To the far left
  4202 votes / 16%
Moderate, but leaning left
  7115 votes / 27%
Just about (or even smack dab) in the middle
  1626 votes / 6%
Moderate, but leaning right
  3735 votes / 14%
To the far right
  1783 votes / 6%
Floating above, thus transcending this question
  7735 votes / 29%
26196 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @08:30AM (#38446936)

    The problem with this poll is that the "centre" is different depending on where you live. In the US, the political centre is undoubtedly to the right of centre politics in the UK..

    First (past the) Post!

  • How to tell (Score:5, Informative)

    by lga (172042) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @08:43AM (#38447018) Homepage Journal

    The Political Compass [politicalcompass.org] is a really useful guide to political left-right but works out your position on both an economic scale (left-right) and a social scale. (Authoritarian-libertarian.) It does seem a little biased towards the left-wing but I think much of that is people having different views to the views they think they have.

  • by Tsingi (870990) <graham.rick @ g m a i l .com> on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @08:44AM (#38447032)

    - This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.

  • by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmh@[ ]il.com ['gma' in gap]> on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @08:46AM (#38447040) Journal

    I'm moderate-left by international standards, but that's far-left by US standards. I voted using international standards.

  • by angel'o'sphere (80593) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @01:31PM (#38450568) Homepage Journal

    I live in the States and [...] I pay ludicrously high taxes because not that I'm starting to earn

    I doubt you know what "high taxes" are ...

    An americna complaining about taxes sounds completely retarded for the rest of the world, sorry, no offense intended.

  • by sstamps (39313) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @03:16PM (#38451714) Homepage

    Leftists/socialists are against somebody getting more than others, that is the basic principle. Since they can not use the carrot, they must use the stick.

    If I were a "leftist/socialist", I'd say I was not against somebody getting more than others, but I would be against somebody gaming the system to TAKE more than others, without putting anything significant back into the system that enabled them to take in the first place. I would be against the notion of "privatize the profits / socialize the losses". Either do one or the other. "Socialism", in theory is neither good nor evil; it's just a way of things. Socialism is how you act when you "love thy neighbor as thy brother". The entire reason we even HAVE a modern civilization is because of the benefits of "socialism". Humans are social creatures; we assemble into groups and support one another. We don't all live as isolated individuals. When one member of the group is hurt and cannot participate, we take care of him until he can again. If a member refuses to participate, we eventually ostracize/banish/kill him. If a member CANNOT participate, then his fate depends on the charity of others. In more well-off/unstressed groups, he lives as comfortably as fortune will allow. In less well-off/stressed groups, he may not survive. Even still, on the average, humans will lean towards the former than the latter, which is a defining characteristic of "socialism".

    I would rather live in a reward world, than a punishment world.

    Depends on what kind of behavior your trying to reward/punish, doesn't it? Would you reward murderers and thieves or punish honest hard-working folks? If we removed all punishments, what are we supposed to do when someone doesn't want the offered reward but goes after a different, more lucrative one, hurting others in the process?

    As for me, I desire to live in a world which has both rewards AND punishments. Doing the correct things nets you a reward. Doing the incorrect thing earns you a punishment. Then the only task (and it's a big one) is to figure out what behavior is correct and what is incorrect, and reward/punish accordingly and fairly.

  • missing option.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lumpy (12016) on Thursday December 22, 2011 @09:07AM (#38458442) Homepage

    Was moderate with a little lean to the left, but the current congress and crop of complete moron Republicans is making me lean so hard left that I make Al Gore look like he is a Conservative Right winger.

    It's like all of the republicans were transported here from the 1920's when racism was trendy, and hating the poor was a sport.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

 



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