Ryan Murphy encourages me to take this political quiz, which is actually pretty good. The questions aren't awful, it allws you to note intensity, and it has some good alternative answers you can provide. I'm only working on a revise and resubmit I don't want to do, so what the heck.
The only thing I was a little surprised about is how high the Republicans and libertarians were ranked (Ryan matched 33% with Obama, so I figured my "bad match" would be that low too). I got:
Barack Obama: 78%
Jill Stein (Green Party): 66%
Gary Johnson: 65%
Ron Paul: 57%
Mitt Romney: 57%
Virginia Voters: 56%
All Voters: 56%
The identical matching with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney does not surprise me. Libertarians often talk about how the libertarian candidate is the stand-out and the Republican and Democrat are just two sides of essentially the same coin. What you've got to realize is that perceptions like that are all relative. The Romney/Paul rankings are about how I feel too: they're both equally bad. You could even say they're two sides of the same coin. Slightly different variations on the same basic theme. They both miss some of the really essential points we're facing (hell, even Obama misses those points a lot of times!).
I think the quiz might have gotten the wrong impression with some of my "leave it to the states" responses on health care, etc. I actually see eye to eye with Obama and Democrats on a lot (not all) of the actual policy, but I'd like to see a lot more state level variability and control. That's not quite Ron Paul federalism (which I think the quiz assumed), but it's true it's not really what Obama and Democrats want to see either.
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