In March, Digital Journal
reported about a study conducted by the Manning Centre for Building Democracy that suggested that only one percent of Canadians hold a “very favourable” view of politicians. It also suggested that more and more Canadians are heading to the right on the political spectrum.
Well, the same non-profit right-wing think tank wants to see what type of conservative you are. Are you a traditionalist? Are you a follower of free market principles? Or are you a libertarian, (a growing sect of political stripes since Texas Congressman Ron Paul entered the mainstream political field in 2007)?
Now you can find out by taking a questionnaire
developed by the institute. It provides you with 15 statements and you respond from a seven-point scale from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” At the end, it will label you as three of the aforementioned or as a “weak conservative” or a “general conservative.”
Some of the statements include, “There is a right and a wrong and it is not all about individual perception,” “People must be free to make irresponsible choices as long as they assume the consequences” and “Often people who are poor have no one to blame but themselves.”
According to the group, there are five conservative types:
- Traditionalist: “Focused on society and culture”
- Free Marketeer: “Focused on economic growth and prosperity”
- Libertarian: “Focused on freedom and limiting government power”
- General Conservative: “Above average scores on first three types”
- Weak Conservative: “Below average scores on first three types.’
On the institute’s Facebook page
, you can compare your results with other prominent Canadian conservatives. The survey has been active for only a week and has already been taken more than 1,000 times.