Quiz: Can the Internet Browser you use Predict Your Politics? Find out

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Can TIME Magazine Predict Your Politics?

See how your preferences in dogs, Internet browsers, and 10 other items predict your partisan leanings.

 

internet-browserSocial scientists find many questions about values and lifestyle that have no obvious connection to politics can be used to predict a person’s ideology. Even a decision as trivial as which browser you’re using to read this article is imbued with clues about your personality. Are you on a Mac or PC? Did you use the default program that came with the computer or install a new one?

 

In the following interactive, we put together 12 questions that have a statistical correlation to a person’s political leanings, even if the questions themselves are seemingly apolitical. At the end of this (completely anonymous) quiz, we’ll use your responses to guess your politics.

Take The Quiz Here: Personality Quiz: Can TIME Guess Your Politics?

By the Way, your editor scored: You’re 85% conservative, 15% liberal. And yes, I use Firefox or Tor as my internet browser.  I also prefer Dogs much more than Cats.

Update: Jan. 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m.: It works! Our analysis of 17,000 responses from readers who chose to report their actual ideology found a strong correlation (r=0.604, for those of you keeping score) between a person’s self-reported ideology and the output of the quiz. This is a particularly strong correlation given the wide degree of personal variation in taste that is intrinsic to this sort of research.

The biggest weakness we discovered is that the results from our survey were less distributed across the spectrum than the figures for people’s self-reported ideologies. A person who reported themselves as “very liberal” or “very conservative” tended to receive scores that were artificially close to the center. As of this update, the quiz now employs a basic statistical correction to more accurately reflect the extremity of one’s politics. The “direction” of the results—whether you’re more conservative or more liberal—is unchanged.

Related:

Your Personality Makes Your Politics

 

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  • http://www.politisite.com/ Albert N. Milliron

    That score sounds good. The problem I see with the assumptions are that they think of you are in to technology you must be a liberal. Guess they didn’t see that Yale study that showed Tea Party folks score high in science http://www.politisite.com/2013/10/17/yale-professor-tea-party-republicans-know-science/

  • http://www.joyce-iamwhatiyam.blogspot.com Joyce

    Nice Quiz. Mine came out 78 and 22 :)