There are plenty of other political orientation projects around, and most of them appear to be fairly ham-fisted taken on their own. Ages ago, there was the 'who you should vote for' website. I was sceptical about that one at the time as well as I was about the Political survey 2005.
In an interesting twist, an organisation called 'the Democratic Society'* are doing some calibration of a set of indices before they start asking you where you stand. They want you to go to their website and answer some questions.**
They aren't asking you for your opinion on some subjects. But, they do want you to express an opinion about where someone who makes a statement would sit on a particular axis.
So, is someone who believes that flogging will reduce crime a believer in small or large government?
Go and have a look, and then - if you want to - come back here and discuss it.
In nearly every case, when answering the questions, I had to suspend some part of my judgment. I decided to think of the people that I've encountered recently holding the views outlined - and then placed them on the required axis. Really,'neutral' is the most defensible answer to many - if not most - of these questions.
It does raise a few issues. For instance, in the past, I used to conflate 'internationalist' with 'left wing', but I'm increasingly conscious that large slice of the left are anything but. So when asked ...
.... in the recent past, (say, pre-9/11), I would have made the connection:
Think about someone who might strongly agree with the following statement:
"Trade unions are essential to protect workers' rights."
(and then being asked to place a person expressing that view on a scale between
nationalist at one end and 'internationalist' at the other...)
Internationalist = Socialist = Trade Unionist.
But, again, I'd now say that a very large proportion of the most active advocates of Trade Unionism are definitely not Internationalist.
*As it happens, I know one or two of the people involved in this project, and as far as I know, they don't have any particular political agenda. It seems a respectable and objective project as far as I can see.
**The site could do with a few usability improvements. For instance, it doesn't tell you how many questions you have to answer - I've now answered dozens and the end it not in sight. I'm beginning to think that they just want you to keep answering as long as you like.