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According to the "the world's smallest political quiz", my political ideology is aligned with the Centrist group.  They favor the "middle ground" regarding government control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention and sometimes support individual freedom of choice. They pride themselves on keeping an open mind, tend to oppose "political extremes," and emphasize what they describe as "practical" solutions to problems. (Advocates, 2009)  I was a bit surprised that the results so accurately described my views and behavior.  For example, I often debate extreme left and right winged views in politics.  Also, my stance on issues changes based on the current conditions of our country.  However, my views do not change based on my personal or economic circumstances.

According to the “PartyMatch quiz”, my political views are 48% democratic, 43% green, and 35% republican.  These results were aligned with my political ideology and with my expectations since I am a registered Independent. (Party Match, 2004)  Two minor parties that I find interesting are the Green Party of the United States and the Modern Whig Party.  The green party has been associated with Ralph Nader and is known as the informal US-affiliate of the leftist, environmentalist European Greens movement.   The Modern Whig Party supports the principles of fiscal responsibility, strong national defense and bold social progression.  They are also known as centrists. (Gunzburger, 2009)  I believe many of my political views are aligned with these two groups because I often consider the environment in political debates and support some forms of social progression such as national healthcare.

I do not believe the media shapes my political ideology because I pride myself on being an independent and practical thinker.  Although the comedy is a bit farfetched, I do enjoy watching the Daily Show and believe it helps me identify with the views of a particular party.  For example, during the 2008 elections I was more aligned with the views of the Democratic nominees that supported social change.  I avoid many of the major news stations because I believe they are biased towards particular political parties and I often question the creditably of some of their analysts.  One thing I enjoyed about the media since the last election was their use of Web 2.0 elements on the Internet.  For example, I followed and commented on Obama’s micro blog on Twitter during the election and watched many of Obama’s video blogs featured on www.whitehouse.gov since the election.

References:

Advocates. (2009). World's Smallest Political Quiz. Retrieved 09, 22, 2009 form Advocates for self Government: http://www.theadvocates.org/quizp/index.html

Gunzburger. R. (2009). Directory of U.S political parties. Retrieved 09, 23, 2009 from Politics 1: http://www.politics1.com/parties.htm

PartyMatch. (2004). Party Match Quiz. Retrieved 09 22, 2009 from Issues 2000:
http://www.issues2000.org/quizeng/xPartyMatch/start.asp

Patterson, T. (2008). The American democracy (8th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 12:09 AM Life | Back to top


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