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Political Ideology Essay

Upon entering my first semester at Southern Nazarene University I could not have told you my political ideology. I knew what my opinions, observations, expectations, and ideals were, but did not know the proper ideology that would define them. Through several courses that I have taken, I have become more informed as to the role that I would like to see the government take throughout society as a whole and in the economy. Upon reading the section of ideology in American Government and Politics Today: the Essentials I learned that the correct term for my ideology is right-wing Conservatism.

I would like to see the government take action if necessary in the economy, yet let capitalism and the economy regulate itself if possible. In regards to the values that the government should uphold I would like to see strong regulations against moral issues such as abortion, pornography, and homosexuality. Upon taking the “Worlds smallest Political quiz” online, the website told me that I was a Centrist. A Centrist is a person who favors selective political involvement and practical solutions to modern problems.

A Centrist tends to keep an open mind on new issues and prefers capitalism to work out economic problems if at all possible. Although I was a centrist I was on the boarder line of being a right wing conservative who would like to see a capitalistic society and little government intervention. The next quiz was an ideology quiz. This quiz told me that I also tended towards the conservative side. I apparently also would like to see order in society instead of equality. These two tests showed similar results in that both said I was more closely related to a conservative than a liberal.

The “Worlds smallest Political Quiz” showed the national results and percentages of those who have previously taken the test. The majority of people who take the quiz, 37. 7% are liberals. The second most popular grouping is Centrist at 29 %. The ideology quiz stated that the average of all those who take this quiz are liberal as well. I didn’t feel that the questions in the quizzes favored one side, liberal or conservative, more than the other.

After reading information about the two different classifications and taking these quizzes I do believe that they are accurate about my views and feelings towards government intervention and planned versus free economies. Hopefully people in the world are strong enough today to realize what opinions they have and what they believe is right or wrong without being classified bye a name. I would bet that some of the public chooses one side or the other based on what those before them have done. However, for myself whether I am conservative or liberal I will stick to my opinions and beliefs and people can call me what they wish.


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