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My political compass…




TVNZ are doing a very interesting on-line political survey, where respondents are asked to give feedback to various political issues. It’s a New Zealand version of an overseas political compass that has been in existence for soime years.

I enourage people to go online and complete the survey. I’m sure a lot of politicians will be taking some interest in the outcomes.

I present my own compass here;


How much you agree with the parties


I agree only 90% with boththe Greens and Mana?! Hmmm, methinks I’ll have to check my middle class privilege…

But even more disturbingly, I agreed 23% with ACT?!?! And 37% with the Conservative Party?! What the heck is up with that?! I’m not going to be able to sleep well tonight…

Interestingly, this highlights a very real dilemma for me; who to give my Party Vote to?

Both the Greens and Internet-Mana are worthy parties to support. This is a real “sophie’s Choice” for me…


How you fit in the political landscape


Well, the above chart shows me clearly to the left on economic and socially progressive issues. Thank goodness. (In my teens and early 20s I would’ve been closer to National or ACT. But then, I was young and stupid.)


How you rate the party leaders


I think I was overly generous for Winston Peters…

I voted ‘1’ for Colin Craig based on,

  • his opposition to state asset sales,
  • his opposition to selling farmland to overseas investors,
  • his regular  contributions to the legal fraternity,
  • entertainment value.

One of the questions asked was what was the most pressing issue for me this election? I put child poverty. All else flows from that.

I encourage folk to take the Political Compass survey. (Just be careful before answering the questions as some are double-negatives.)

Have fun!




TVNZ: Vote Compass




john key is scared of your vote

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes



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  1. Mooloo magic
    23 August 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Mine came out with Mana on top also, my results were very simlar to yours, we must have similar political values

  2. Deb Kean
    24 August 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I must try that!

    • 24 August 2014 at 9:02 pm

      It’s good fun, Debs! Let us know where you stand.

      • Deb Kean
        25 August 2014 at 3:11 pm

        I ended up as a Mana supporter! That should not really have surprised me..

        • 26 August 2014 at 8:52 am

          No, not surprising at all, Debs.

          In fact, if people voted solely on policy, and not personalities, I suspect Mana would be one of the three main parties in Parliament. From what I can see, Mana is what Labour used to be.

  3. Jack
    21 October 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Actually, you were smarter in your early 20s than you are now, that is, supporting National and ACT.

    • 22 October 2020 at 10:43 am

      Actually, no, far from it. But I won’t go into details…

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