Can We Guess Your Political Preferences From This Yes or No Quiz?

POLITICS

By: Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

Are you feeling happy about politics, as of the recent election results?

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Do you make a point of watching Prime Minister's Questions, even if you don't like anything that you hear?

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Do you find it amusing, instead of offensive, that so many novelty candidates run against serious ones?

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Would you ever refuse to vote for a politician you mostly agreed with because they didn't go far enough?

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Is voting a civic duty?

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Have you thought about leaving the country in disgust?

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Are politicans all the same, deep down?

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Is the welfare state big enough?

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Do you think democracy is the final and best form of government?

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At Christmas, are you likely to put on the Queen's Speech?

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Have you ever attended a protest march?

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Your local MP is giving a talk at a venue on your block. Do you go?

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Is the diversity (or lack thereof) of Parliament something you think about often?

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Would you ever switch parties?

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Would you stay up until 2 a.m. to watch live results come in on election night?

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Without revealing which way you went (if you did!), did you vote in the Brexit referendum?

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Given that it overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU, should Scotland be allowed to have an independence referendum?

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Is there anything your party could do that would make you abstain at the next election?

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Would you say your friend group is a roughly balanced representation of wider British political leanings?

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Are you expecting to end your career with more than a million pounds of total assets?

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If a politican tells you they'd like to be very clear about something, are they lying?

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Can you be a conservative and still support the existence of a national healthcare system that is free at the point of need?

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Overall, do you have faith in the goodness and wisdom of your fellow Brits?

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Are there any circumstances under which you would support a military draft?

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When it's time to renew Trident, should we?

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If the leader has cheated on their spouse but the alternative leader is wrong about policy, should the leader still resign?

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Would you say Tony Blair was good for the Labour party?

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Is there a natural party of government?

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Do you generally think nurture is a bigger factor than nature in how an individual person turns out?

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You are on the bus when an old lady gets on. You give her your seat, naturally. As you rise, do you hear the voice of your childhood nanny approving of your choice?

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Image: UK Parliament via WikiCommons

About This Quiz

British politics has always been aware of the fact that sometimes, it can be a very silly affair. Indeed, there's even a portion of the political calendar known as "Silly Season," when ridiculous stories are dumped into the news cycle in the hope that the summer holidays will mean nobody takes any notice of them. There are plenty of additional absurdities in the system, too. For example, candidates actually wear rosettes and have to stand next to their opponents as the results come in, and the first-past-the-post system creates wildly distorting results where a party can take 60% of the seats with just 40% of the votes. Meanwhile, leaders can change without calling elections, and elections can be called (with the consent of Parliament) just about every other week, in theory.

It's all quite ridiculous, and that's before you've even begun to discuss actual policy, ideology or principle. That means that it's all too easy to disengage and just decide that you're not going to bother voting or paying too much attention. Of course, this only makes the problem worse, and the real solution is to stay informed, know what you stand for and what you expect from your leaders, and show up at the ballot box. Recapping your priorities and beliefs will help you stay inspired to do so, and thus continue to do your part as an active citizen who cares about their country. Take this quiz to review your political preferences, and help you stay on the ever-shifting ball that is our political landscape today!

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