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.
That is kinda interesting. I get what you mean even though others seems to misunderstand your intention and point.
To test this further, and for those who are saying that Tram law was assuming that Authoritarian = Right, you should see if you can get it to score you a high Authoritarian but also to the far left.
What kind of answers would give that score?
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.
Its seems alright to me, but I haven't really messed with it. It should be as true as a test as how truthful you, yourself, are being. Of course any test like this isn't going to work if you're lying to it.
My problem with these tests is that I don't ever really feel "Strongly" about anything, which only affects the magnitude of the direction your answer puts you towards, so I come out near the center all the time. I guess I could just lower my "Strong" threshold for the purpose of these tests...