Political Quizzes

Nolan Chart Quizzes

World's Smallest Political Quiz

The famous quiz by the Advocates for Smaller Government.

Boaz: Who Should Decide?

A quiz included in Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz.

WHO should decide whether or not you: CP GOP Dem GP Red Nazi
wear a seatbelt? 5 5 0 0 0 0
own a gun? 10 10 5 0 0 0
serve in the military? 10 5 5 10 0 0
smoke marijuana? 0 0 5 10 5 0
use a risky medical treatment? 5 5 0 0 0 5
buy a sexist book? 0 0 10 5 10 5
buy a pornographic video? 0 0 5 10 5 0
engage in a homosexual relationship? 0 5 10 10 10 0
send your child to a particular school? 10 5 0 0 0 5
have uncensored access to the Internet? 0 0 10 10 0 0
WHO should decide whether or not you: You=10 Unsure=5 Government=0
buy a foreign car? 0 5 5 5 0 0
put your retirement savings in social security? 10 10 0 0 0 0
give money to help the poor? 5 5 5 0 0 0
drive a taxicab without a taxi license? 10 10 0 0 0 0
hire a worker of another race? 10 10 0 0 0 0
build a home without a permit? 10 5 0 0 0 5
pay subsidies to farmers? 10 5 5 0 0 0
work for less than minimum wage? 10 5 0 0 0 0
set up a mail delivery company to compete with the postal service? 10 10 5 5 0 0
purchase flood or earthquake insurance? 10 5 5 5 0 0

A similar quiz is promoted by the Santa Clara County LP, as described in their Sep 1998 newsletter.

Politopia Quiz

A quiz (online here by the Institute for Humane Studies. 12 questions with five choices each sort you onto a map with regions named for compass directions.

Personal CP GOP Dem GP Red Nazi
Immigration 2 3 4
Education 5 4 1
Drugs 2 3 4
Risk-taking 3 3 2
Sex 2 2 4
Speech 2 2 2
Economic % = (sum - 5) / 24
Poverty 4 4 2
Healthcare/Retirement 5 4 1
Business regulation 2 3 2
Taxes 4 4 2
Foreign aid 5 3 2
Employment 5 3 2
  1. The government should:
    1. Close borders to immigrants.
    2. Increase regulations to allow only a select few immigrants in the country.
    3. Maintain current immigration policies.
    4. Decrease regulations to allow more immigrants into the country.
    5. Allow all peaceful immigrants into the country.
  2. The government should:
    1. Develop a universal public school curriculum that develops an appreciation for civic ideals, and ensures that all children have an equal opportunity to attend college.
    2. Move towards a more standardized curriculum in the public school system.
    3. Continue to fund and maintain current level of involvement in establishing curriculum in public schools.
    4. Adopt voucher system for grade schools and high schools and reduce federal regulations.
    5. Privatize the public school system and allow competition to improve education.
  3. The government should:
    1. Execute anyone convicted of trafficking drugs.
    2. Step up efforts to fight the war on drugs—stiffer sentences, increased use of civil forfeiture, etc.
    3. Maintain current efforts to fight the war on drugs—including the use of mandatory minimums and civil forfeiture.
    4. Legalize marijuana and ban only hard drugs (e.g., heroin).
    5. Repeal laws prohibiting possession, sale, and use of drugs.
  4. The government should:
    1. Prohibit suicide and all potentially risky behavior (including smoking, drinking, and eating fatty foods)
    2. Increase regulations to encourage people to lead healthier and safer lives.
    3. Maintain current level of safety regulations (e.g., helmet laws, seat belt laws, smoking regulations).
    4. Remove penalties, but discourage risky behavior through taxation.
    5. Abolish penalties and excise taxes; allow people to take responsibility for their own safety.
  5. The government should:
    1. Ban pornography, "non-traditional" sex, and all sex outside of conventional marriage.
    2. Ban pornography, strip clubs, and prostitution.
    3. Maintain current level of regulation of the sex industry.
    4. Allow, but regulate the sale of sexual services.
    5. Make no regulations involving consensual sexual activities between adults.
  6. The government should:
    1. Ban all obscene, indecent and discriminatory speech; prosecute all unauthorized speech.
    2. Increase regulations to prevent obscene, indecent and discriminatory speech (print, television, and Internet).
    3. Maintain current level of regulations on speech and the press.
    4. Decrease regulations on speech and press; prohibit only “harmful” speech.
    5. Make no restrictions regarding speech or the press.
  7. The government should:
    1. Guarantee a “living income” for all Americans.
    2. Increase the scope and size of federally administered anti-poverty programs.
    3. Maintain welfare programs at current levels.
    4. Overhaul anti-poverty programs; only provide a temporary "safety net."
    5. Rely solely on private charity to provide aid to the poor.
  8. The government should:
    1. Provide a national social security system; nationalize health care.
    2. Invest more taxpayer money in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Social Security system.
    3. Maintain the Social Security system, Medicare, and Medicaid at current levels.
    4. Require private retirement savings and private health insurance.
    5. Not be involved in retirement saving or healthcare provision.
  9. The government should:
    1. Create and operate state-owned enterprises to promote national economic and environmental goals.
    2. Promote national business and environmental goals through extensive use of subsidies, tax breaks, regulations, and tariffs.
    3. Maintain current level of corporate regulation and support to protect national business interests and promote environmental goals.
    4. Cut back on subsidies, tax breaks, regulations, and tariffs.
    5. Eliminate subsidies, tax breaks, regulations, and tariffs – eliminate corporate welfare.
  10. The government should:
    1. Increase tax rates to levels approaching 100% and redistribute in an equitable manner.
    2. Increase taxes and make the system more progressive (tax the rich at a higher percentage than the poor).
    3. Maintain current levels of taxation.
    4. Decrease taxes and move toward a flat tax (everyone taxed at the same rate, regardless of income).
    5. Cut taxes to a level approaching 0%.
  11. The government should:
    1. Prop up and support developing countries.
    2. Increase aid and assistance to developing countries and forgive past debts.
    3. Maintain current levels of foreign aid.
    4. Provide loans to developing countries.
    5. Stay out of the affairs of developing countries.
  12. The government should:
    1. Guarantee a job for every American.
    2. Raise the minimum wage and increase labor regulations to promote equity and safety.
    3. Maintain minimum wage and labor regulations at current levels.
    4. Lower the minimum wage and decrease labor regulations.
    5. Abolish the minimum wage because it causes unemployment; only enforce labor contracts.

On The Issues

On The Issues offers quizzes each election to match you to the candidates, as well as a quiz to match you to a political philosophy.

What's Your Ideology?

A quiz c. 1997 by Auburn University's Paul Johnson.

Political Compass

A 62-question quiz by a European academic and journalist.

Milsted's Quiz2D

A quiz by libertarian activist Carl Milsted.

Berk's Political Quiz

A 1990's quiz that posits an economic dimension and a "cultural" ("non-economic") dimension. Includes links to more quizzes.

SelectSmart Ideology Selectors

Other Quizzes

IdeaLog 9.0

A quiz "based on the leading American government textbook The Challenge of Democracy". Uses two dimensions: freedom vs. order and freedom vs. equality.

Banneker Center's Quick Quiz

A Georgist-oriented 10-question quiz to tell if you believe in "socialism, capitalism, or free and equal association".

Ross's "Positive & Negative Liberties in 3D"

A quiz by Kelly Ross, philosopher at Los Angeles Valley College. Posits three dimensions of liberty: personal, economic, political.

USA Today's 1-D "Political Quiz Show"

A 1994 quiz that uses 25 questions to rate you between 100% liberal and 100% conservative.

Party-Matching Quizzes

Also: http://freedomkeys.com/nolancharts.htm

Except where indicated, site content is by Brian Holtz or by the Libertarian National Committee Inc. and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.