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Check out the new site -- the page loads faster and I think the text is much more readable. Life, generally speaking, is better without blogspot. On top of that, via Suzie, I turn out to be thirty percent Republican.

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Via Matthew Yglesias, I found this snarky little quiz to determine how much of a Republican you are. Matthew scored a 30%. I got a 32%. Somehow, though, I don't think this is a very accurate representation of political ideology. It's a pretty... [Read More]

Tracked on May 7, 2005 10:52:49 AM


well i'm 31% Republican. so there.

Posted by: cleek | May 6, 2005 2:40:01 PM

16%. I hate multiple choice personality quizes like this.

Posted by: dbt | May 6, 2005 2:40:12 PM

73% Republican. About right.

Posted by: Al | May 6, 2005 2:49:17 PM

19%. I have a sneaking suspicion that this quiz isn't completely scientific...

Posted by: Ricky Barnhart | May 6, 2005 2:52:24 PM

34%. Not that I felt comfortable with all of my choices.

Posted by: JohnFH | May 6, 2005 3:04:55 PM

I was 7% Republican on the first try and range between -3 and 13% when going back and swapping answers that I might agree with in a different mood.

I'm also Arthur C. Clarke. The weird thing is that I guessed as much as soon as I saw "exploration and discovery" as an option and there are a lot of other possibilities in the SF author quiz (you can see them by changing the letter in the URL). I guess what you read as an adolescent sticks with you.

It would have been way cooler to be Phil Dick. Alas! (But at least I'm not Jerry Pournelle.) You can get between Clarke and Dick in no more than two steps (left as an exercise; I forget anyway). For geeky extra credit, see if you can find a "Gray code"; i.e. step through all authors one change at a time.

Posted by: PaulC | May 6, 2005 3:07:27 PM


Really. That is 04 percent, as in four, as in 20 divided by 5. My answers were sincere, too, including approving of Reagan as heightening the contradiction stuff.

I was a libertarian, to the theoretical right of Wilkinson til I started reading MY.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | May 6, 2005 3:14:55 PM

I'm Kurt Vonnegut, Bitch! Which I think would be funnier on Unfogged...

Posted by: benton | May 6, 2005 3:15:41 PM

Certainly OT but, Matt, I've been reading you at talkingpointsmemo and i just can't understand why do you have to keep talking about your young and tender age all the time. I'm sure you must be veryveryproud to be already a respected blogger at that age, and, don't misunderstand me, i like your style in general, except when now and then you make this shameless concessions to your ego.
I must also admit a little (well, a lot of) envy, 'cause i'm almost 30 and haven't done much yet, except to try and get myself the best available traveling, reading, friendship and sex opportunities I could. Next step, experience pregnancy b4 i turn into an old lady.
Just keep it up, but watch out! ;-)

Posted by: Lucía | May 6, 2005 3:28:05 PM

Whoa! 2%!! totally sincere, shows my European bias, I guess...

Posted by: Lucía | May 6, 2005 3:40:04 PM

31% - You're probably one of those chicken-littles who thinks maybe we should worry a little bit, occasionally, about the fate of the planet that our lives all depend on.

Posted by: theCoach | May 6, 2005 3:42:06 PM


I find MattY's references to his salary more intriguing than the ones to his age. I can't imagine putting my salary out there in public like that. It seems so much more personal than even posts about sex and drugs.

I would think TAP would want him to cut it out, though, because he's basically broadcasting to think tanks and other news organizations that they could poach him for $45K. Good bargain.

Posted by: Rebecca | May 6, 2005 3:48:08 PM

36%...and to think I used to have a site called "the young liberal"...I'm so ashamed

Posted by: JonL | May 6, 2005 4:30:16 PM

Huh... my 7% was based on honest answers, and I'm just a mild mannered software engineer, no activist I.

I don't know if it's some kind of age thing. I'm getting close to 40 and cast my first presidential vote for Mondale/Ferraro. I honestly thought that the relentless hammering of freemarketeers had turned me into something of a moderate by now.

Posted by: PaulC | May 6, 2005 4:33:41 PM

Matt, you think too much to be a faithful leftist. You'll be voting Republican within a decade.

Posted by: am | May 6, 2005 4:49:53 PM

Copying to the intended thread. Sorry about the duplication:

BTW, my working theory about "kids today" is that they're more conservative than "we were" on every issue straight on down the list--the only notable exception being gay rights, which has thankfully come into the mainstream.

And by "we", I mean those of us who were in college during Reagan's term in office. I'm not talking about boomers, here. I'm not sure of the ages of everyone who is replying here, but the results do kind of back up my theory.

Posted by: PaulC | May 6, 2005 4:52:07 PM

If someone takes up Rebecca's suggestion and offers me $45k I just might start voting Republican! Ah, to be rich....

Posted by: Matthew Yglesias | May 6, 2005 4:52:55 PM

Oh man Matt, you disappoint me. The only thing worse than a ho is a cheap ho. If the rightwing pundits were unionized, you'd be the moral equivalent of a scab at that figure. Sugardaddy Scaifes could offer a lot more than that. You'd be worth it too. Don't sell yourself short.

Posted by: PaulC | May 6, 2005 5:11:20 PM

$45K won't even buy you "Liberal Elite" these days, let alone "Republican".

Posted by: Rebecca | May 6, 2005 5:13:27 PM

HAH! I'm -4%!!!

Posted by: wayne | May 6, 2005 5:31:23 PM

If someone takes up Rebecca's suggestion and offers me $45k I just might start voting Republican! Ah, to be rich....

Don't be silly. People don't start voting Republican until they make $50k. Really - check the 2004 election results: $30-50k voted for Kerry; above $50k voted for Bush.

Posted by: Al | May 6, 2005 5:44:00 PM

22% Republican, largely due to my pro-nuclear proclivities.

Posted by: fnook | May 6, 2005 6:30:39 PM

49% (swing voter) which seems about right.

Posted by: James B. Shearer | May 6, 2005 7:18:12 PM

I'm Kurt Vonnegut, Bitch! Which I think would be funnier on Unfogged...

I'm William Gibson, which is alright by me.

Oh, and 10%. Also okay.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | May 6, 2005 7:26:36 PM

33% here. More useful for the entertainment value of the questions than the actual result, though.

Posted by: fling93 | May 6, 2005 9:17:54 PM

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