Note that this shows bias for those willing to provide their results, and thus it is a self-selecting sample of the population here at EvC, which is a self-selecting sample of the population at large. Most of those that have verbally refused to answer would, imho, likely score similar to Buz.
There could also be a bias in the questions, with results showing people generally left and lower than a less biased scoring, but the results are relative in any event and do not represent any hard and fast score.
I decided to mess with this a little. I decided to use the test to see the highest Authoritarian score I could get. I answered either Strongly Disagree or Strongly Agree only and with questions that can be answered in a clearly conservative fashion, I would mark Strongly Agree. Such as the question regarding whether the Christian Religion should be in taught in schools, I marked Strongly Agreed.
So, in messing with things I got this score:
Economic Left/Right: 6.62 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 8.15
However, I was doing this to see what it would take to see how high of an Authoritarian score I could get.
So I guess the lesson is this thing is not a true test of finding out one's political leanings and can be easily messed with.
And now I wonder if there is anything out there than can actually provide a real accurate score without being messed with. I don't think there is.
I answered either Strongly Disagree or Strongly Agree only and with questions that can be answered in a clearly conservative fashion, I would mark Strongly Agree. Such as the question regarding whether the Christian Religion should be in taught in schools, I marked Strongly Agreed.
You seem to be making the assumption that conservative=authoritarian. The point of the exercise seems to be that they are not equal. Facts don't lie or have an agenda. Facts are just facts
In one sense they are very authoritarian. But it all depends on how one defines authoritarian.
In partisan politics, of course, the claim will always be something akin to "the other party is the one who's Authoritarian and mine is not".
In regards to the test I think if you did the opposite you'd get a similar score on the other side of the graph.
But as for me, my own personal definition of Authoritarian, when it comes to politics, is that any party who wants to increase the size of government and increase it's powers over the citizens is an authoritarian party, regardless of the motivations behind it. I'm sure there are probably some weaknesses you can point out, but for the large part it pretty much bears out.
Such as when you consider the dictionary definition:
1. favoring complete obedience or subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom: authoritarian principles; authoritarian attitudes.
2. of or pertaining to a governmental or political system, principle, or practice in which individual freedom is held as completely subordinate to the power or authority of the state, centered either in one person or a small group that is not constitutionally accountable to the people.
3. exercising complete or almost complete control over the will of another or of others: an authoritarian parent.
But for the most part, political tests like those shouldn't be trusted because they can always be manipulated.