Social attitude test

The Internet is teeming with pseudo-scientific tests like this Social Attitude Test.

What would make it really interesting is sitting the identical test every five or ten years. Do our attitudes change, or do we stand by principles hard and fast?

Everybody’s favourite blogger – or mine, anyway – was rated “a tender-minded moderate progressive.” Max resembles an “animal rights activist;” “an idealist with very few strong opinions.”

That’s a bit mushy for my taste, but it does make Max an engaging writer. I disagree with him a lot – but he’s always so fair-minded and agreeable about it!

But maybe I’m mushier – by one measure of this test, anyway. I’m “a very tender-minded moderate.” I’m compared to “a protective parent;” “an idealist with several strong opinions.”

Moderates aren’t generally associated with opinionated idealism, but that’s the least of my objections. I “appear laissez-faire capitalist.” Yuck! No complaints, though, with the claim that I have a “generally optimistic attitude towards humanity.”

To be honest, I don’t think this test is worth much. It’s almost certainly skewed towards American categories of political philosophy, which are quite different from our own.

Still, I’m curious. Sit the test and share your results. It only takes a minute.

8 Comments

  1. MuMu
    Aug 27, 2013

    I’m a tender-minded moderate conservative with a centrist political view, apparently. Glad about the tender mind. I found some of the premises of the questions difficult to answer – for instance, they lumped religion in one big basket.

  2. Cathy
    Aug 27, 2013

    These scores indicate that you are a tender-minded moderate conservative; this is the political profile one might associate with a sincere clergyman. It appears that you are trusting of religion, and have a compassionately humanistic attitude towards humanity in general.

    Your attitudes towards economics appear neither committedly capitalist nor socialist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as a political centrist.

    Hmmm, interesting, I would say it is a pretty good summery of my political views, Although I do describe myself as a distributionalist.

    • Fr John
      Aug 27, 2013

      Nice! I want that result MuMu and Cathy!!

      Meanwhile, Katrina Fernandez was told what every reader of her blog already knows:

      You are a conservative; this is the political profile one might associate with police officer . . . Your attitudes towards economics appear laissez-faire capitalist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as right-wing.

    • Cathy
      Aug 27, 2013

      Here is my Husbands result, interestingly similar!
      We finish each others sentences, and discuss in great depth political issues and Catholic Theology!

      These scores indicate that you are a tender-minded moderate conservative; this is the political profile one might associate with a sincere clergyman. It appears that you are trusting of religion, and have a compassionately humanistic attitude towards humanity in general.

      Your attitudes towards economics appear capitalist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as right-wing.

  3. Samuel
    Aug 27, 2013

    I’m a bit like you father, with my score indicating I’m “a very tender-minded moderate” with an optimistic attitude towards humanity in general (which kind of surprises me actually lol!). I’m also compared to a “protective parent”! lol

    However, apparently I’m “neither committedly capitalist nor socialist”, going on to say that I’m a “political centrist” (what ever!).

    I agree with you, it is rather “skewed towards American categories of political philosophy” and I didn’t quite agree with some of the statements, in terms of the wording, which I think can be misleading and too general. But overall, not bad :)

  4. Monica
    Aug 27, 2013

    I got exactly the same result as Fr John (which I will take as a compliment from the nice people on the website). That was fun !

  5. Jake Byrne
    Aug 27, 2013

    A very tender minded moderate, protective parent, laissez faire capitalist, and libertarian. Also an idealist with some very strong opinions.

    Hmmm, not sure how accurate this is but it got a few things right!

  6. Max
    Aug 29, 2013

    “These scores indicate that you are a tender-minded moderate conservative; this is the political profile one might associate with a sincere clergyman. It appears that you are trusting of religion, and have a compassionately humanistic attitude towards humanity in general.”

    Looks like I should be in your job Fr John!