Vote about yourself
April 24, 2011 15 Comments
I’ve added a poll on political orientation to the sidebar and invite you to vote. Your individual vote stays absolutely anonymous. Only the aggregate results are available to other voters. I’m posting about it here because I also invite you to comment on these kinds of polls.
My aim is to get a sense of how people who visit here describe themselves. Then I can pander accordingly. Just kidding. Honestly, I’m just curious.
A couple of notes. I have several people in mind in who are “very liberal” or “very conservative.” But I didn’t want these to be a scary choices — like, “extremist” or something. These are legitimate, non-extreme political orientations. So I added the “extremely liberal…” and “extremely conservative…” choices so that no one feels like they’re self-identifying at the extreme (unless they truly wish to).
A note on “Libertarian.” Picking this one doesn’t mean you’re a card-carrying member of the Libertarian Party. But it does mean you’re categorically in favor of very limited government — as to spending, taxing, foreign and defense affairs, welfare, and social issues (abortion, gay marriage, drug laws). That is, your presumptive position is virtually always that it’s none of government’s business. Most people I know are degrees of liberal or conservative, not Libertarian.
And finally, it is true that even this extended list of possible orientations doesn’t truly account for how actual human beings think and act in the political sphere. I know people who really do wish they could vote for Barry Goldwater in 2012 who nevertheless can’t understand why some recreational drugs are illegal. I know people who make Che Guevarra look timid in his “social justice” ambitions, and still take a hard line on certain social issues. There are indeed mixtures that defy categories, and that, too, is a fascinating issue — never aptly captured by any poll.
My poll has no such larger design — just a general friendly interest in where you think you are, or where you imagine others think you are. I sincerely welcome your thoughts on how it is we come to think of ourselves politically, and what consequences may follow.
But whether you have thoughts you wish to share, or not, please vote!