To take The Political Polarization Test choose your top three political value statements from the list of 7 values below, in order of priority. Select the buttons that correspond with the letters of your top three values and then click on “go to results” to see a description of your position and some additional values to consider. No log-in is required and your answers will never be shared with a third party.
The political philosophy that informs the polarization test is described in the accompanying white paper on this website: Depolarizing the American Mind: How America Can Grow Beyond Its Currently Polarized Politics, by ICE partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps. As discussed in the paper, a central principle for working with a polarized cultural situation is that each pole needs the values of its opposing pole for its own further and fuller development. Applied to politics, this principle shows how conservative values can serve to improve liberal positions by challenging and moderating such positions in a way that makes them stronger. The same can be said about the role of liberal values in strengthening conservative positions. See the results pages for specific examples. This test is not social science research, it is simply an interactive method for demonstrating some of the ideas behind ICE’s polarization campaign. For a fuller description of our proposal, please see the accompanying white paper: Depolarizing the American Mind.