I just wanted to bring to attention of the survey organizers that there is a problem with the questions regarding political orientation. The survey perpetuates the single axis concept of political orientation. Thus, on can be either a Democrat or Republican (or independent, which is politically unspecified), or one can be Conservative or Liberal. The general association is that Democrats are liberal, and Republicans are Conservative. But in actuality, people should be classified along two axis: 1) economic, and 2) personal liberties.

One can be a fiscal conservative, and a social liberal. That would be a libertarian, for example, who would not fit into the Democrat/Republican/Independent, or the Liberal vs Conservative classification system in the survey. Many Democrats would be socially liberal (support individual rights), and fiscally support economic controls. Many Republicans would be socially concervative (believe in controlling behavior) and support free markets.

Perhaps 10% of Americans would be classified as libertarians. I would guess that a greater percentage would be taking the Atheist Survey. These individuals cannot answer the questions posted in the survey. You therefore lose information about a significant segment of supporters. For more depth on this (a fuller explanation) please google "the world's smallest political test".

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I understand and agree. This type of thing is very difficult to cover all included. I try to call myself a progressive libertarian (even though that is an oxymoron).
I had problems with the survey myself, which I complained but didn't receive a response which I mentioned that I am an anarchist who doesn't identify with the left right concept.
What all of you don't even notice is that there is a world outside your borders where Democrat and Republican are irrelevant (at least as choices - its a safe bet that a large majority are anti-republican, though not necessarily pro-democrat).

It is funny how deeply ingrained this myopia, even amongst the most enlightened of your citizens.
Even that is slanted towards laissez fair capitalism, and ignores politics like mine and those with socialist leanings. In fact it even tells less than the left-right politics which is nonsense already. For example, why doesn't it give rights for work places to be run democratically.

This one isn't perfect either but at least it gives a better picture.
>>>>>I understand what running a privately owned firm democratically means

That is exactly the point I am making. There are collectives, not owned by government or state, and this is not a new concept. Privately owned is not democratic.

This discussion is appropriate, not to mention that your the one who brought this up, because it is about the survey. The WSPQ does not expand on this very well.
For example, why doesn't it give rights for work places to be run democratically.
Economic and personal freedom include the ability to peacefully organise however you like. This includes the possibility of collectively owned property, and a democratically arranged workplace, for instance.
I find it difficult to comprehend why would someone support economic freedom and at the same time oppose personal freedom.

 supporting economic freedom means; I can suck up all the money in the world, by any means possible.

opposing personal freedom means;  I keep you from organizing the masses to stop me!!!

liberal and conservative aren't opposites.  trying to make axes using terms as they are used in electioneering is nonsense.  they're just buzzwords.  the axis is statist vs liberal.
There ought to be an option for "secular atheist radical Islamist" too. After all, Newt Gingrich says that's what atheists really are.
I agree, I am not a independent I am a GREEN PARTY member!!!
Being a libertarian myself I too have the same problem with the old one dimensional left/right scale. I have long preffered the two dimensional one used on the "smallest political test". I have to wonder tho, why you characterised this as an "atheist" survey.

I agree with the politics of it and all, but what has it got to do with atheism?




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