Okay, someone needs to throw a bit of light on this subject, so I'll do what I can. What are your REAL political leanings? Here are the dichotomies I've worked out, though I might need to be educated more extensively on the nomenclature. Here goes: Elitist: you think that people who have worked hard to become affluent members of society should be compensated for their labors and contributions. You don't really mind social inequalities, and you tend to distrust politicians who make promises to the "common man" or the "socially downtrodden." Poor people annoy you, and you think that they take too much advantage of the welfare system. / Populist: you respect politicians who promise to bring relief to the poor and to fight against special interests. The politician you are most likely to vote for promises "more for everyone, not just a chosen few." You honestly think that the wealthy have a dangerous political hegemony. There are variants or areas of concern, but you are allured by politicians who promise to "stand up for the little guy." Collectivist: you think that the overall welfare of the population and the state is an important voting issue. You like politicians who promise to be "tough on crime" and serve out longer sentences. You think that everyone has certain responsibilities to society and should be expected to fulfill them. In your opinion, individual needs and wants should not be upheld at the sacrifice of the many. You think that it's perfectly acceptable to ban firearms or violent video games if it makes your society a safer place. You feel that smoking bans are sometimes necessary for public health. / Libertarian: you don't trust the government to get anything right. You think that the highest value is your personal liberty, even if it goes against the "greater good." You tend to use the term "nanny state" when confronted with a legislation that disrupts your personal choices, and you may think that the "government which governs least governs best." You tend to find having to pay income taxes highly offensive. Progressive: you are all for the government trying new things. You think that a politician should bring in ideas and speak specifically on ways of making the world a better place. You find the phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" highly closed-minded and ultimately foolish. You have a sunny outlook on the future, and you think that the main responsibility of the government is propelling the nation forward and preparing for things to come. / Conservative: you may heavily value tradition, and you tend to feel that a government that wants to change things around is treating the populace like lab rats for the sake of pursuing their own pet projects or ideologies. You don't want to have to go back to college just to stay on the job, and you think that the government, on the whole, has lost touch with its values. Your friends may call you a little closed-minded or old-fashioned at times, but you feel that they respect you for your values and morals. I don't like the conservative/liberal dichotomy in American politics, largely because it is highly misleading. The parties in our country are actually highly factionalistic and may have representatives of deeply conflicting views. Based on the above, what would you say are your political leanings?