Thursday, March 31, 2011

Finally, a Canadian Political Compass!

I'm not sure I agree with all of the methodology it relies on, but having seen U.S. and International version of the "Political Compass", it's nice now that a Canadian tool for mapping political views exists.

Have some fun and take the test! (h/t Ken Chapman's blog)


3 comments:

Malcolm+ said...

Actually, Audrey, the Vote Compass at CBC is completely bogus. The questions pull together disparate policies in a manner that manipulates the results. Users report a heavy bias toward both the Green Party and the Liberal Party.

It's being trashed from left and right, with both rabble.ca and SunMedia pointing out the abysmal bias.

And reports are out today that one of the key designers of this little bit of electoral fraud is actually a former Ignatieff staffer.

If there were a single individual in CBC management who knew how to spell integrity, they'd have taken it down. Instead they continue to promote it.

Audrey II said...

Hmm... I didn't really pay that close attention to the party references, I was just interested in someone finally putting a Canadian one together. Are the complaints that it doesn't accurate code along the 2 axises, or that it inaccurately "zones" the various party platforms?

Malcolm+ said...

See the rabble.ca article here for the best explanation. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/rabble-staff/2011/03/cbcs-vote-compass-miscalibrated-have-you-noticed-babblers-have

The main problem is misleading framing of the questions. For example, the child care question is framed in such a way that one must either support the Green policy (stop the per child payments and institute a national childcare plan) or the Conservative policy (continue the per child payments and don't institute a national child care plan). If you want a national program but are agnostic on the matter of per child payments.

In addition, the placement of the parties on the grid means that there is a very small chance of being told you are closest to the NDP since the NDP is closely surrounded by the Greens on the left (a dubious construct in any event) and the Liberals on the right.

There is a FB group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_139136369488986&ap=1#!/home.php?sk=group_139136369488986&notif_t=group_activity

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