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Vote Compass 2016

If Vote Compass hadn't told me I was more socially conservative than the Labor Party, I probably wouldn't have written this post. But they did call me that, and before I realised it was a bug (which by then had already been fixed), I'd done the work necessary to make the little widget below.

Vote Compass presents your policy views on a standard-looking pair of axes, an economic left/right and a social progressive/conservative. I wanted to know how much each question contributed to each axis. To do this I filled in every answer as 'neutral' except for the question I was investigating, which I set at 'strongly agree'. Then I screenshotted the resulting plot and counted how many pixels the 'YOU' circle had moved (a lot of the pixel-counting was automated in R using EBImage; I manually checked the circle locations afterwards and often adjusted the values by half a pixel; a full description is here). Pixel-counting has limited precision, but it's good enough to work with.

The results are in the table below. You can change the answers (which are initialised to answers I gave; I'd perhaps amend one or two in hindsight; my answer to the ISIS question was 'Don't know', which I've assumed without verifying contributes zero to the ideology scores) and see how the total scores change. Positive 'econ' values are right-wing, and positive 'soc' values are progressive. An answer of -1 is 'strongly disagree' or 'much less' etc.; an answer of +1 is 'strongly agree' or 'much more' etc.

Curiosities of the Vote Compass axes:

Click on a table header to sort by that column.

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Posted 2016-05-12.

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