I imagine most people who are interested in politics and trawl around the internet have seen various quizzes which seek to categorise your political views. These have their limitations of course, but can be fun and occasionally interesting. This one is probably the best known.
This one I found (via Crikey) asks you a series of questions in order to ‘determine your position in the political landscape for the USA Presidential election.’ It uses the answers to your question to assess which candidate you might be closest to, as well as seeking to plot you in a specific position on the political landscape.
Given the commentary I’d read about various candidates, I was a bit surprised about where the quiz positions some of them relative to each other, the survey contains various links as part of justifying the assessments they have made about the positions of various candidates. Indeed, I found it the most interesting part of the survey to follow through these links to see the various public statements candidates have made
Not surprisingly, some of the candidates are positioned quite closely to each other, which is another reason why people use the feelings and gut instincts more than pure analytical assessments of policy content to make their voting decisions.
For what it’s worth, I came in closest to Barack Obama, which I wasn’t too surprised or concerned about. Click on this link if you want to have a look for yourself.