Are you likely to be a Democrat or a Republican? Take this short quiz on your demographics, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age and religion.

Reader Rick called my attention to a quiz in today’s New York Times—a quiz you can take to assess, based on only three to eight questions (or perhaps more), your likelihood of identifying as a Democrat or a Republican. The diagnosis depends on where you go for a set of bifurcating questions (“yes” or “no”). You can be fairly accurately diagnosed in as few as four questions or, in my case, as many as eight.

The accuracy is because there are a few “yes” factors that drastically increase your probability of being a member of one party. For example, if you’re Black, Hispanic, or Asian, you immediately acquire a 64% “difference in Party identification”. That is, there’s a 64% difference between the probability you’re a Democrat versus a Republican, in the direction of being Democratic. That’s the first question, but if you’re white or more religious, you’re more likely to be a Republican. This much we know. Also, more college education is correlated with a higher probability of being a Democrat. In contrast, gender by itself isn’t highly predictive of your party affiliation, although when combined with age and marital status, it increses predictive power: 70% of millennial women ally with Democrats.

But now it’s time to take the quiz, and who can resist a quiz? Click on the screenshot below, and then on the “Are you Black, Hispanic, or Asian?” button, which will take you to the next question.

It took eight questions to get me to the point where I fell within the range of the 50 percentage point difference in party identification (that is, as I understand this statistic, people with my views and demgraphics are on average are 75% Democratic and 25% Republican. I would have thought I would have ranked more Democratic than that. I gained a lot of points by being nonreligious, but lost ground—toward the GOP side—by being straight and male.

Here’s my pathway:

If you’re black, older, and female, you’re virtually guaranteed to identify as a Democrat. Only four questions, with the proper answers, get you to a 91% difference in party affiliation:

On the other hand, I answered the questions the way I thought Republicans would (I was right on all of them), but it took me seven questions to get to the 75% difference point.

I’m curious about how many people got an incorrect diagnosis from the questions. Weigh in below. I’m expecting, of course, that most readers will fall on the Democratic side, but some will not. Let us know how accurate the questions were for you.

105 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I’ll take the quiz soon, but I’m not sure what religion being “important” means – personally, or influential in general…

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Here it is :

      “Is religion important in your life?”

      Yes and no

      Yes because it’s all around us messing about, I must learn about it, and take measures to minimize it’s power, to know what to do when it raises itself up in front of me unwelcome, etc.

      No because I do not adopt or perceive it’s value, and well you get the idea.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        I hesitated because I suppose they mean “are you religious” but religion is important to me because I want it to stay out of my life so the rise of Christian Nationalism is something I want to monitor.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

          I never thought of that. I put that it wasn’t important, but actually it is to the extent that that I don’t want it in my life and I want it kept out of politics etc.

          It took 8 questions before it decided I was 66% likely to be Democrat. Being White made me on the Republican side to start, but everything else moved me left. Saying religion wasn’t important moved me 37% towards Dem.

          I re-took the quiz based on reinterpreting the religion being important question. I got mostly very different questions. It wasn’t interested in my education, for example. This time I was only 17% likely to be a Dem. Therefore, I think they mean “are you religious” when they ask about the importance of religion.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Eight steps and the quiz ended.

      +48D whatever that means.

      I don’t understand how a voice of “no” for religion is followed by “are you Protestant” or “Catholic”… perhaps a known factor where religion isn’t important among Catholics and Protestants…. not at all a clear component of this quiz, I think.

      • Randy Bessinger
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:36 am | Permalink

        +48D as well

        • Geoff Toscano
          Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:32 am | Permalink

          Me too, exactly the same answers as Jerry’s. I think it might have distinguished education somewhat, as I obtained a fairly middle of the road law degree, where Jerry, and several other regulars here, are intellectual giants. A college degree from Bob Jones university is unlikely to point to being a democrat (though other questions would move the scoring).

  2. Jack Jones
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I’m a weak Democrat – they couldn’t be more wrong

    I find the Democrats too right wing!

  3. Alex K.
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    I got the +48D score, with the same pathway as Jerry. I honestly don’t find it enlightening at all. Why didn’t they take my age and U.S. region I live in into account as well?

    • Posted August 10, 2019 at 10:57 am | Permalink

      Because, for that pathway, they are probably not significant.

      BTW I had the same pathway too.

  4. darrelle
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    The 2nd question made me chuckle.

    “Is religion important in your life?”

    Though I have no use whatsoever for religion personally and don’t know of a major religion that I don’t despise, YES, religion is important in my life. Though it really should not be.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      Precisely

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      My thoughts as well.

  5. Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I am British, so my answers are irrelevant in one sense. However, I came in at +48 Democrat – and were I a USian I would undoubtedly vote democrat, albeit not with complete enthusiasm (it required the full eight questions, since I am white, male and straight, which according to methods used all point back towards being Republican). Fortunately my absolute non-religiosity and university degree were between them enough to comfortably offset the other factors.

    • Rick Bannister
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Identical score as yours and probably identical answers. As a Canadian my answers are not completely relevant. If I was USian I would most likely vote Democrat but in our multi-party system my votes have varied over the years depending on local candidates and current party platforms. If course even our conservative party would be considered socialist by many people living below the 48th parallel.

    • David Coxill
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      I am British too ,i got +31 rupub,what a load of crap .I would rather eat the contents of my cat’s litter tray than vote conservative .

  6. Hal Tritz
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    +48 Democratic also.

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    +48 donkey.

    • Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      My score was also +48 Democratic–this despite some obvious differences in our political views. Makes me question how useful the quiz is.

      Two questions I hesitated on: 1) religion is not important to me, but spirituality is, and 2) I’m not a practicing Catholic (who needs to practice—we should have it down by now!) but like you I was raised Catholic and can’t pretend that it still doesn’t influence my thinking.

      Still, after some reflection I answered “no” to both questions.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

        Gotta admit, Gary, that, when it came to the religion question — even though I left the Church a half century ago and haven’t been back except for other people’s weddings and christenings and funerals since — my clicking trigger-finger itched a bit to hit “Catholic,” purely for cultural reasons.

        I don’t regret my Catholic grade school education — my experiences in this regard weren’t all that different from those of the late movie critic Roger Ebert (an atheist at bottom who continued to identify as Catholic), who wrote eloquently about it here and here.

        Then again, I was lucky to live in a Parrish where the priests never molested the kids.

        • Posted August 9, 2019 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

          “. . .my clicking trigger-finger itched a bit to hit ‘Catholic,’ purely for cultural reasons.”

          Yes, the culture thing is hard to ignore. I think of Catholicism as a country as much as a religion—e.g., you can be an expat, but if you grew up in the U.S., you’ll always be an American. Ditto for being Catholic.

  8. Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Can’t resist a quiz (or survey), but can’t subscribe to everything. But I’m pretty sure I’d be picked as democrat.

  9. enl
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I got +29R. Mostly due to race, gender, and age. Biggest pulls the other way were not protestant and union membership.

    I was definitely a yes on religion being important. The question is, in my opinion, a bad one, as it may be important to someone who does not practice or believe.

  10. cicely berglund
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hmmmm, I came out, according to this at 4R. Which I certainly am not. Been a kind of radical intellectual left winger all my thinking life, tho’ not, I hasten to add a post modernist
    Must be old age and hmmmm. But maybe because I did not grow up in the States and no longer live there i do not fit the supposed categories.
    But I do think that superficial categorisation is not all that worthy, tho’ maybe it does jog some younger folks to begin to question and either firm up prejudices or else or look more broadly at how things actually work.

  11. cicely berglund
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hmmmm, I came out, according to this at 4R. Which I certainly am not. Been a kind of radical intellectual left winger all my thinking life, tho’ not, I hasten to add a post modernist
    Must be old age and hmmmm. But maybe because I did not grow up in the States and no longer live there i do not fit the supposed categories.
    But I do think that superficial categorisation is not all that worthy, tho’ maybe it does jog some younger folks to begin to question and either firm up prejudices or else or look more broadly at how things actually work.

  12. Michael Fisher
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    +48D, but I’m booked for a surgical reduction

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Back problems, eh?

  13. Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    My responses were identical to Jerry’s. If I were American I would definitely vote Democrat, and wonder why any educated person would vote Republican? However I think I answered my own question.

    • Otternaut
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      Ditto
      I assumed it meant religious too

  14. DrBrydon
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    +48 Democrat here, too. Who knew, if it wasn’t for my politics, I’d be a Democrat (not actually a Republican, but not a Dem). I supposed this is illuminating for displaying trends within their criteria. It would have been better if they had a final question asking are you a Dem, Republican, or Independent?

  15. Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I’m an independent who leans Democratic, but I’m an old straight white guy without a college degree, so they assigned me a +7 Republican. Does that make me some kind of a class/race/gender traitor?

  16. Mike Deschane
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    +7R, but ideologically I tend toward Democrat and liberal.

  17. Linda Calhoun
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I didn’t take the quiz, but I didn’t need to.

    It should not be surprising at all that minority men, and all women, would strongly lean democratic. Why would anyone want to be in a party that despises them?

    The lone Black Republican (male), and two of the thirteen Republican women (all white) in the US House of Representatives have already announced their retirement after the current term.

    Talking Points Memo has an article up this morning about how suburban white women are quickly moving away from the Republican Party, which is a continuation of 2018. And, I read somewhere else, in the same vein, that mothers are increasingly fed up with having to hustle their children out of the room when Trump comes on TV.

    L

  18. Terry Sheldon
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Jerry, my answers were all identical to yours so, oddly enough, I got exactly the same result!

  19. Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    My path is the same as PCC’s. Curious our age never came up as in other paths. Unlike PCC I don’t consider myself a Democrat but a centrist independent who could have gone either Democrat or Republican in the old days.

    Also curious that there are no questions on policy issues such as gun control, taxes and the size of the government debt. We are being labeled largely on demographics it seems.

  20. Diana MacPherson
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I came in +66 even though I’m Canadian and the Democrats are too right wing for me.

  21. rickflick
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    +48D and proud of it! (I guess).

  22. Rita Prangle
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    66D,no surprise.

  23. Saul Sorrell-Till
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    31+D or something like that.

    Which is probably about right I think.

    Certainly the last two years have made me realise which side I’m on.

  24. C.
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    +79D. Guess there aren’t too many bisexual atheist republicans.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      If they are, they aren’t telling anyone.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:39 am | Permalink

        A Republican bisexual atheist is someone who skips church with the family on Sundays to cruise the rest-area men’s rooms.

        • darrelle
          Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:10 am | Permalink

          And has a wide stance.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:17 am | Permalink

            Ha! I’d forgotten that excuse.

  25. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    That having attended college and having obtained a college degree are now factors increasing the likelihood that one is a Democrat (and being Catholic, a Republican) suggests the vast political realignment that has occurred in this country since the middle of the last century.

    The Republican Party of my youth represented the interests of the (highly educated) Eastern Establishment and of Main Street — the party of Ozzie Nelson and Ward Cleaver and Robert Young in Father Knows Best, the party populated by characters out of Sinclair Lewis novels like Babbitt and Main Street and the early stories of John Updike.

    The Democratic Party of my youth was primarily working class, lunch-bucket folks who labored in the mines and the mills, the factories and the shops, the docks and the rail-yards — most of them union members, many of them Catholic and ethnic.

    The realignment began in the Sixties with the rise of the civil-rights movement and the shift in sentiments regarding the Vietnam War. The Archie Bunkers began siding with the GOP, then became the “Reagan Democrats.” The shift is all but total now, with the white working class forming the key component of Donald Trump’s base, and college-educated suburbanites, especially women, abandoning the Trump’s Republican Party for the Democrats.

    • rickflick
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      Sound like there’s a novel in there somewhere. And a movie rework.

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      I was thinking along the same lines. My simpler analysis was: if you’re white, male and somewhat ignorant, you have a very high chance of being a Republican. The fact that civics and critical thinking is no longer taught in primary school, and propaganda/hate radio and FOX dominate a Republican’s “reality” doesn’t help.

  26. Alex Zukerman
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    +48D, identical to Jerry’s. I am not American, though.

  27. Stephen Caldwell
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    +31R even though I vote Democrat and am politically liberal/left leaning. The test is crap. It’s a goofy flowchart that wide on generalizations and doesn’t account for nuance.

    • Paul S
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      White – 8R
      Religion no – 37D
      Straight – 30D
      College no – 7D
      Male – 5R
      Over 50 – 15R
      Under 60 – 31R

      I guess I’m a republican, that would make my Aunt happy. 😦

    • Paul S
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      If I change race to black, maternal grandfather, I come up 86D. Interestingly it didn’t ask about college.

    • Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Could you please describe your path (per the quiz), Stephen? I’m curious.

  28. ladyatheist
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    +66 D

    I took this test yesterday & expected +100% D. I’ve voted straight-ticket Democrat since 1980!

    • Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      I have never voted GOP.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        I’ve ever voted for a Republican only in a couple local elections, where the GOP candidate was running on a “good government” platform, and I was convinced the Democratic incumbent was corrupt and/or inept.

  29. Posted August 9, 2019 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    I got exactly the same path as you did, Dr. Coyne, without looking at yours first. And it predicted correctly.

  30. GBJames
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    My results were identical to Jerry’s.

  31. Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    +66 Democratic (female)

  32. Mark R.
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m w/ the majority here. +48D.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Wait, +48D was the bra size boasted by a stripper at an old-school local burlesque club my buddies and I snuck into once as teenagers just before it went outta business. 🙂

      • Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

        “. . .a stripper at an old-school local burlesque club my buddies and I snuck into once. . . .”

        Puts me in mind of one of my favorite poems by Bill Stafford, whom I knew well and still miss:

        ADULTS ONLY

        Animals own a fur world;
        people own worlds that are variously, pleasingly, bare.
        And the way these worlds are once arrived for us kids with a jolt,
        that night when the wild woman danced
        in a giant cage we found we were all in
        at the state fair.

        Better women exist, no doubt, than that one,
        and occasions more edifying, too, I suppose.
        But we have to witness for ourselves what comes for us,
        nor be distracted by barkers of irrelevant ware;
        and a pretty good world, I say, arrived that night
        when that woman came farming right out of her clothes,
        by God,

        At the state fair.

      • Mark R.
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

        Ha! Why is it easy for me to picture teenage you sneaking into a burlesque club? 😉

  33. Bruce E Lyon
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Identical result to Jerry and many others in the comments. So I guess the quiz is also a good predictor of websites (WEIT) we visit!
    Unfortunately I cannot put my Democrat leanings to use (yet)—as a job-stealing immigrant (Canada) on a green card, I cannot vote.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      You mean they let someone from Canuckistan take a job from an American? I find the border questions seem to mostly centre on that when I cross as did my Nexus interview – the Canadian official wanted to make sure I wasn’t a criminal while the American official wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to work in the US.

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

        As an immigrant you can’t win: either you take the job of a US-ian or you are a loafer.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      Bear in mind that people who reported strong Republican leanings might be less likely to disclose it in the comments.

      Although since the results are purely about demography I don’t see why they should be reluctant. It’s not like it’s saying ‘you are ideologically conservative’ – it’s saying ‘you are demographically conservative'(or liberal, or centrist). There’s no judgement involved.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

        Can’t really blame ’em can ya, Saul?

        Personally, I’d rather find my sister in a whorehouse than that my brother was a Republican. 🙂

  34. cicely berglund
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    You can actually go thru this survey many times over.And see how each answer takes you right or left.So quite how whomever put these numbers together came to the percentage points for each characteristic can be imagined in many ways.
    The religion question has a huge effect. First time I answered ‘yes’ because I am interested in religion and as several here have pointed out ‘being interested’ most likely was not the intended thrust of the question. Answering. No. gave me several more choices to explain myself before the mysterious whomever decided that I was sufficiently categorised.
    How many questions has anybody here been able to spin this out to?

  35. phar84
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    +48D , we’re easy pickin’ for the politicians.

  36. Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    My path was identical to yours, Jerry.

  37. bend
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    +57 Republican

    They got it wrong. A straight, white, protestant, male with military family under 42 yo.
    But definitely not a Republican.
    Vote Amy Klobuchar!

  38. Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I found it interesting that for me, a single question (college) is the difference between +48 Dem and +31 GOP.

    And is there no correlation between parent and child political belief? Or do we just not have that data?

  39. Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    +48D just like you.

  40. Jon Gallant
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I forbore to take the test, having long ago helped concoct the campaign of a Republican candidate for Washington State Commissioner of Public Land. We campaigned under the slogan of “Lawn Order”, and promised that we would “Commission the land gently but firmly.” Our candidate, Richard A.C. Greene, never set foot in our state during the campaign, in order, we explained, “to avoid injecting personalities, such as his own, into the political process”. We asserted that Richard Greene was a Warren G. Harding Republican, and we held a campaign rally at the Warren G. Harding bandstand behind the great ape house at the zoo.

    At our one press conference, we insisted that our hitherto unknown candidate was running on his record. To the inquiry “What is his record?”, we replied “Two arrests, no convictions.” Our platform called for ceding all of eastern Washington to Idaho, and if they refused, invading to force them to take it. “It is time,” we explained, “that Washington State had a foreign policy.”

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Reminds me what William F. Buckley, Jr., answered when asked what would be the first thing he would do should his long-shot 1965 campaign for mayor of New York result in victory: “Demand a recount.”

  41. Frank Bath
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    The New York Times wouldn’t open for me as I’ve used all my free goes. But if I didn’t come out a big Democrat I would have been disappointed, Brit though I am.

    • Roo
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      Try clearing cookies and searching for it in a separate window (not the link from this site.) Worked for me this time, although it doesn’t always.

  42. Leigh
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think the quiz is too accurate. Both males who took test came in at +7R(younger male) and +31R (older male), even though both vote Democratic, the older male more so then the younger. The quiz skews having a child under 18 toward Republican, even though the mother (+44D) who took the quiz is a progressive democrat. Not that I know for certain, but I doubt this woman has ever voted for a Republican. I scored +66D which is probably accurate. In today’s climate I would never vote for a Republican candidate in a national or state election. I have voted for Republicans in local elections, when I thought they were the best choice. As an example, our local school district has been poorly managed, In the last election the Democratic candidate had no experience or qualifications and would be a rubber stamp for the district. I thought the Republican candidate would be more critical of district policies. He was a moderate type who would not be pushing a religious or anti-science agenda, so I voted for him.

    On the whole, the quiz does not seem to say anything new.

  43. Roo
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    +13R. I probably lean a little more democrat on many issues but as far as being overall close to the center and moderate, pretty accurate.

  44. L
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. The quiz couldn’t have been more wrong for me. +66D. Based on being white, female, non religious, and college educated. Nevermind I consistently vote republican.
    Wasn’t impressed. Another example of the downfall of pigeonholing people based on race, age, SES, etc…

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Keep in mind it’s most likely based on likelihood for voting a certain way so people typically vote that way with those characteristics but I don’t think the site is claiming a high percentage of accuracy and there are always outliers.

      • L
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

        I agree with you, as I am a proud outlier. 😉

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

          I’m often a proud outlier in things too. I’ve learned to embrace my outside status.

  45. CJColucci
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I scored exactly the same as Jerry. Then I ran the survey again using my wife’s answers. After the questions on race, age, and sex, she scored 91D and the questions stopped. Which is too bad because I had wanted to see the effect of “her” answers to some of the later questions.

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I couldn’t do the quiz, so I could not have tested my late wife’s probabilities: black, religious, female, straight, under 30….
      For sure, she would never ever have voted Republican though -if she could have voted in US elections, that is.

      • rickflick
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        Sorry for your loss.

  46. Malcolm
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    AN ODD RESULT AS OLY 48&% D, U was expecting nearer 90% but it seems being male is a big factor here.

    • Malcolm
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Sorry re caps accident

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Yes, by answering female, I got almost 20 points more.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 9, 2019 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

        See? Women have all the advantages.

        How may extra points for batting your eyes and giving the screen a come-hither look? 🙂

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted August 10, 2019 at 7:47 am | Permalink

          Yes I’m told this often by the intel community.

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted August 10, 2019 at 7:47 am | Permalink

            Incel not intel. Maybe them too.

  47. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t take the quiz, no quiz button, several blank spaces on the page, despite reloading several times. (There are many quizzes I cannot do anymore since limited to the US, quizzes I did answer a few weeks ago are off limits now. There is definitely something going on in Internet Quizland. This ‘Topix’ company appears the main culprit, it appears to have taken over most quizzes. For a sucker for quizzes as I am this is highly frustrating).
    At any rate, I’d have had to follow exactly the same path as Jerry, hence +48D.
    As mentioned by many above, religion is important, I consider it one of the greatest threats to modern civilisation. Yet I’d have answered ‘no’, because ‘an important threat’ is not what the ‘quiz masters’ had in mind when asking whether religion is important, I guess.

  48. Posted August 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Heheheheh. This is a fine example of how simplistic questions can lead to wildly off-base conclusions. This survey considered me Democrat, when I’m a lifelong Libertarian.

    Why? Well, I’m not “straight” — I’m bisexual. I’m not “white” — I’m Native American. I’m not Catholic or Protestant — I’m a Pagan. I do have a college degree — in Creative Writing.

    The questions had no internal subtlety, but just assumed some standard stereotypes.

    –Leslie <

    • rickflick
      Posted August 9, 2019 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Stereotypes are largely true (Steven Pinker). The problem with relying on them is, of course, there are exceptions. This test seems to be generalizing broadly. One value, it seems to me, is to help find whether you fit the mold or not. Looks like you are a “not”.

  49. Wayne Y Hoskisson
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    +48 Democrat, same as PCC. As I understand the result this means that 48% of people with identical responses vote Democratic. Could this also be interpreted as 52% vote Republican or other party?

    Right now I am a registered Republican even though I have not voted for a Republican for at least 40 years.

  50. Bruce Lilly
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    “Click on the screenshot below,…”

    The subscription email doesn’t have any screenshot that will take one to the quiz, only JPEG screen shot images of Jerry’s responses.

    Following the link on the whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com web site gets to the NY Times “Quiz: Let Us Predict Whether You’re a Democrat or a Republican”, which is doomed to failure for at least two reasons (I’m neither (nor do I “belong to” any party), and I don’t want to allow random scripts). And based on others’ descriptions of poorly worded questions, it would be a futile exercise.

  51. Robert Van Orden
    Posted August 9, 2019 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    For the record, I was a +48 Democrat.

    Also for the record,

    1992 (first year eligible to vote in the presidential election) I voted Libertarian.

    1996: Libertarian

    2000: Libertarian

    2004: Didn’t vote.

    2008: Didn’t vote

    2012: Reregistered to vote Obama. Skipped down ballot.

    2016: Hillary, Dems down the line.

    2018: First time ever in Mid-Terms, voted Democrat down the line.

    2020: Intend to vote Dems down the line. Reflects my view of Trump more then Dems. However, I like my rep (D-Jeff Van Drew) with the exception of guns.

  52. JB
    Posted August 10, 2019 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    It was wrong for me, but only because I answered “Yes” to religion being important (which is different from “Do you believe in god?”).

    If I change the religion Yes to a No, then I go from +65R to +48D.

  53. Sue M.
    Posted August 10, 2019 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    They were wrong about me. Pegged me as a Republican. But I’m a moderate Democrat. Being a practicing Anglican Christian and not living in the South might have something to do with that. Just goes to show that people are individuals, not cookie-cutter stereotypes.

  54. Posted August 10, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I was asked questions about race, religion, and level of education. After only six questions, I was told that my demographic is +48 Democrat.

    F(Everyone’s)I: I am the token Libertarian here.

  55. Beth Purkhiser
    Posted August 10, 2019 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    The question about religion was oddly worded. Religion is kind of important to me, but not the way I think the question implied.

  56. QW
    Posted August 11, 2019 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Was anyone actually able to get the test to generate a score of “middle” i.e. within 5pts of neutral? What criteria should we actually think determine the middle? Since the article actually shows what it would take to get to the middle one must wonder how many of those types of people are really out there.


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