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At the website for the Christian Science Monitor, there is an 21 question quiz, and upon completion, you'll learn if you are more (or less) liberal than Obama.

I gotta hope that most of the dKos community would score like I did:

"Congratulations! You're more liberal than President Obama!"

Do you have 15 minutes to take the quiz?

Some Democrats see President Obama’s first term as a string of promises broken by the realities of political office. On the other side, Republicans have labeled Mr. Obama the most radical, liberal president in American history, going so far as to brand him a socialist.

Are you more of a lefty than President Obama? Do his positions contradict your values? Or is the match just right? Take our quiz to find out.

- Laura Edwins, Contributor

I have posted the quiz on my Facebook wall, and it's been a great way to have a real conversation with family and friends about politics without sinking to the dreck of most nonsensical debates.  

Let me know what you think, and post your results in the comments!

And, did you learn more about Obama's policies over the past four years?  This quiz really puts into black and white what Obama's administration has done over the past 3 1/2 years, and makes me proud to support his re-election.

After you complete the quiz, there is the following information at the bottom of the page:

You've taken the quiz, but what were President Obama's real policies? As mentioned above, most of the questions were written based on PoltiFact's Obameter, a non-partisan fact-checking enterprise that tracks the promises Obama made during the 2008 presidential race.

When writing the choices for each question, we used the Obama administration's actual policies enacted, rather than the promises or stances Obama took while running for president.

Though Obama's policies certainly don't represent the middle of America's political spectrum, for this quiz they were used as the mid-range answer. For every question there were two choices more liberal than Obama's policy, and two choices more conservative.

This quiz was in no way intended to represent the political spectrum in America in a traditional way.

To tempt you, here's the first question from the quiz:
Question 1 of 21
1. Since 2005 America’s dependence on foreign oil has declined, from 60 percent to 49 percent. Most people agree we need to decrease our dependence on foreign oil even further. What’s the best plan to achieve this goal?
and the five options:

A.

Fossil fuels should be banned or nearly eliminated from America. Everyone should use public transportation or ride bikes.
B.
Energy conservation and technology is key. Auto companies should work to improve solar-powered vehicles. We should work hard to educate the public on ways to reduce their carbon footprint. There is already too much drilling in fragile ecosystems.
 

C.

America needs more fuel-efficient cars, and we should invest in renewable energy. Wind and solar energy need to become economically feasible alternatives. We should also invest in domestic oil production and nuclear power.
D.
Investing in renewable energy is a good idea, but first we need to focus on domestic oil production. We should increase offshore drilling and finish the Keystone Pipeline as soon as possible.
E.
We should do everything we can to get our hands on all the untapped oil we have, no matter where it is. Renewable energy and environmental protection are things we can worry about later.
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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -- Albus Dumbledore

    by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 12:46:34 PM PDT

  •  WayMoreLiberal (4+ / 0-)

    I tell others that I am very liberal, so liberal that I conside the Democratic party to be too conservative.

    Pres. Obama liberalism is in the same ballpark with GW Bush, i.e. not very liberal.  I don't mean this as an insult, just a statement of fact.  Obama has followed the Bush game plan on Iraq and Afghanistan, on Guantanamo, on tax cuts, on healthcare reform, on spying on Americans, on the TSA, on climate change, and on banking and finance.

    Obama goes to the right of Bush on declaring someone a terrorist and passing a death sentence via drone strikes.  Obama goes to the left of Bush on gay rights, alternative energy, and perhaps on torture (Obama has not declared that torture is illegal, only that his administration would not use it, thereby making use of torture an option for any future administration to use or not use as they see fit).

    I would not be suprised if most people who take the test end up being more liberal than Bush.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:01:15 PM PDT

    •  Me, too. (4+ / 0-)

      When I took the quiz, I kept realizing how much further to the left I wish Obama had gone.  I can only hope with four more years, he can really start implement things that will make me even happier.  

      The quiz was also a stark reminder of what dark ages we would be facing if Romney gets elected.  

      “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -- Albus Dumbledore

      by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:06:32 PM PDT

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    •  I am far more liberal than Obama (10+ / 0-)

      But that does not make this...

      Pres. Obama liberalism is in the same ballpark with GW Bush, i.e. not very liberal.  I don't mean this as an insult, just a statement of fact.  Obama has followed the Bush game plan on Iraq and Afghanistan, on Guantanamo, on tax cuts, on healthcare reform, on spying on Americans, on the TSA, on climate change, and on banking and finance.
      any less bullshit.

      Iraq: Obama got us out

      Afghanistan: My most serious disagreement with Obama, but still...if the Republicans were in office, they would not be speeding the withdrawal any more than Obama, likely less.

      Guantanamo: Obama has not prosecuted the Bush and Co for torture as I would like....but he has also mostly stopped its practice.

      Tax cuts: really, seriously? Have you seen Mitt's plans?

      Healthcare: really, seriously?  Say what you will about the ACA, but there is not even a little sparkling star of a chance that Bush or Mitt would have passed it.

      Etc., etc., etc.

      Your comment is bullshit, not because I disagree with you, but because it is factually wrong.  Just because Obama has not as liberal as you would have liked, it does not give you the right to pull shit out of your ass.

      "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

      by Empty Vessel on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:28:48 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed (8+ / 0-)

        I have plenty of disagreements with the President, but really? Bush's "gameplan" in Iraq was permanent occupation. Not even close.

        The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

        by lotusmaglite on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:31:33 PM PDT

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      •  Be fair (0+ / 0-)

        I was comparing Obama to Bush, not comparing Obama to Romney.  

        On Iraq, Obama followed exactly the Bush time-table on withdrawals.  We ended up leaving Iraq when the Bush plan said we would, not sooner.

        I am correct that Obama has followed (exactly) the Bush tax ideas.  You are correct that Romney will likely add yet more tax cuts than even Bush did.  But again, I am comparing Obama to Bush not Romney.  Obama has perfectly matched what Bush did.

        On Camp Guantaunamo, Obama initially said he would close it, but he did not.  So Obama has perfectly followed the Bush plan on that.  Obama has proclaimed that his administration will not use "enhanced interrogations" - a more liberal position than Bush (which I acknowledged above) - but left open the question of whether any other president should use such techniques.

        On healthcare, Obama backed a plan that Bush would have chosen had Bush tried to pass HC reform.  A plan exactly like Romney's own - tho' now Romney repudiates his own plan.

        You are correct that Romney is way to the right of Bush.  Indeed the whole GOP has moved sharply right.  Bush would not get very far in today's GOP.

        You are free to imagine Obama any way you like.  But a clear-eyed view of history and the facts shows Pres. Obama to mirror very closely the Bush agenda.  Yes, that agenda seems liberal compared to the GOP today, but that does not mean Obama is carrying out a liberal agenda - as defined by liberal, not the GOP.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 02:16:10 PM PDT

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        •  You seem to equate (3+ / 0-)

          anything that has happened in the last 4 years as being the same as what Obama wanted to do.

          Obama tried, and failed to date, to reverse the Bush tax cuts on people over $250,000.

          Obama tried, but failed, to close Guantanamo when congress almost unanimously blocked funding setting up a new prison in the US.

          Then there is this...

          On healthcare, Obama backed a plan that Bush would have chosen had Bush tried to pass HC reform.  A plan exactly like Romney's own - tho' now Romney repudiates his own plan.
          WTF? The point is that Bush would not have done HCR, not even a little.  In fact Bush did do his version of HCR, it was called Medicare Part D, and it sucked.

          Finally, Bush's timetable for withdrawal was for operational, not all, soldiers.  Further, Bush was gonna keep large bases indefinitely.  I also note that you did not re-mention afghanistan.

          As for other stuff.  Obama has passed some (not enough) financial reforms (See Consumer Protection and Warren, Elizabeth).  Climate change, not enough, but he just raised CAFE standards and the EPA has been doing stuff as well.

          Immigration, DREAM act by executive order.  Don't ask, don't tell, etc. etc. etc.

          All in all, you are making shit up.  Be disappointed in Obama, in many ways I am.  But please don't try to sell bullshit as truth...we ain't that dumb at DKos.

          "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

          by Empty Vessel on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 02:26:23 PM PDT

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    •  I'm more liberal than the President (1+ / 0-)
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      WayBeyondSoccerMom

      but I'm not nearly as uncomfortable with his leadership as I am afraid this country might return to the failed policies of the Republicans.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 09:17:27 PM PDT

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  •  it called me a commie (13+ / 0-)

    several of those questions had crap options to choose from.

  •  Very lefty. (9+ / 0-)

    It suggested I vote for Nader (fat chance.)

    It's funny, because most people IRL think I am an extremely moderate liberal. I make a lot of allowance for pragmatism, I guess.

  •  I'm way more liberal (4+ / 0-)

    than Obama; it said I could be a pinko Kenyan socialist!

    Whoops... it's the Christian Science Monitor, not RedState.

    "You're not allowed to sell your countrymen out to multinational financial corporations anymore and still call yourself a patriot." --MinistryOfTruth

    by Kurt from CMH on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:07:38 PM PDT

  •  Apparently I'm too much of a leftist (4+ / 0-)

    to vote for Obama..   Like Nader was a better choice?

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:08:58 PM PDT

  •  WTF? (9+ / 0-)
    You're proudly towing the liberal line, canvas tote bag and all. You've probably been frustrated with President Obama's policies on more than one occasion, especially when he compromises with Republicans. You probably miss the Clinton years, and may have even been a Hillary supporter in '08.
    Clinton was more liberal than Obama?  Is that what they are saying?

    “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” - Plutarch

    by RichM on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:09:27 PM PDT

  •  hot diggity! (6+ / 0-)
    Your results
    You're definitely a lefty!

    Your politics are considered radical by many, and sometimes you even agree with communist policies. You disagree with most of President Obama's decisions, but you may not have voted for him anyway. Someone like Ralph Nader would be a better candidate for you.

    well...not Nader, that's for sure.
  •  Terrible quiz (6+ / 0-)

    The choices offered for the first two questions were terrible.  I couldn't agree with any of them.

    Solar powered cars? That's physically impossible, unless they mean solar-generated electricity recharging battery-powered cars (and if so, why didn't they just state that?).

    And mass transit is great in cities (I use it) and between closely-spaced cities, but it is economically infeasible across broad swaths of this huge nation.

    As for the second one, I believe the payroll tax cut should be eliminated for everyone and taxes should be hiked on those earning $100K per year (which includes me). Higher yet on those above $250K and very high on those clearing $1MM per year.  I also think the capital gains tax rate should be increased (which again would hurt me) and a wealth tax explored to capture those who--like a certain presidential candidate--try to sneak around and hide their money offshore.

    I don't take quizzes if the first couple of questions don't offer serious or reasonable answers.

  •  I Am a Liberal So Yes. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:24:39 PM PDT

  •  According to this quiz I'm definitely a lefty too. (5+ / 0-)

    To be honest, I didn't like a lot of the choices. Some were too absolute one way, some combined things that shouldn't have been lumped together in my mind, so it forced me to pick the most extreme position simply because the other answers weren't close enough to what I actually think.

    That said, I know many who think my politics are radical, and I'd definitely say I'm pretty much a socialist. I'd like to know what the quiz people meant by communist policies, though.

    •  It was stereotypical. (2+ / 0-)

      The options supplied answers that are defined by what the media believes, complete with buzzwords.  I suspect a conservative or 'bagger would have the same thought if they took the quiz.  The right wing options were the same way.  Just a bunch of buzzwords and talking points collected together like a Villager's word salad.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:34:20 PM PDT

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    •  I doubt they really meant communist. (1+ / 0-)
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      WayBeyondSoccerMom

      Probably, like most of the world, they cannot tell the difference between communist and socialist.  Even people who should know better make that mistake.

      "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

      by Most Awesome Nana on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 04:15:11 PM PDT

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  •  I retook the quiz, selecting the 1st option for (1+ / 0-)
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    Free Jazz at High Noon

    each of the 21 questions.

    Here was my result:

    Obama's your main man.

    You're a moderate liberal, or maybe even an Independent. You agree with most of the decisions President Obama has made while in office, and you understand that compromise is sometimes necessary.

    from the final page of the quiz:
    Where does Obama stand?

    You've taken the quiz, but what were President Obama's real policies? As mentioned above, most of the questions were written based on PoltiFact's Obameter, a non-partisan fact-checking enterprise that tracks the promises Obama made during the 2008 presidential race.

    When writing the choices for each question, we used the Obama administration's actual policies enacted, rather than the promises or stances Obama took while running for president.

    Though Obama's policies certainly don't represent the middle of America's political spectrum, for this quiz they were used as the mid-range answer. For every question there were two choices more liberal than Obama's policy, and two choices more conservative.

    “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -- Albus Dumbledore

    by WayBeyondSoccerMom on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:29:18 PM PDT

  •  LOL! (2+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom, Shahryar

    This is what I ended up with:

    You're definitely a lefty!

    Your politics are considered radical by many, and sometimes you even agree with communist policies. You disagree with most of President Obama's decisions, but you may not have voted for him anyway. Someone like Ralph Nader would be a better candidate for you.

    I had no idea I was a commie!

  •  I don't have to take the quiz (2+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom, JGibson

    I know I'm more liberal than Obama. And I'm OK with that.

    "...in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." Matt Taibbi

    by Getreal1246 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:30:40 PM PDT

  •  I'm so far left.... (3+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom, quill, hulibow

    ... I can see the Soviet Union off in the distance.

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

    by jack 1966 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:35:51 PM PDT

  •  quiz fail (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:47:44 PM PDT

  •  Definitively Liberal Left, but voted Straight D. (3+ / 0-)
    You're definitely a lefty.
    Your politics are considered "radical" by many, and sometimes you even agree with "communist" policies. You disagree with most of President Obama's decisions, but you may not have voted for him anyway. Someone like Ralph Nader would be a better candidate for you.
  •  They were spot on with me. (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom
    Obama's your main man.

    You're a moderate liberal, or maybe even an Independent. You agree with most of the decisions President Obama has made while in office, and you understand that compromise is sometimes necessary.

    I'm a Moderate Independent and I voted for Obama because he was/is a centrist, IMO.  And that's what appealed to me.

    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

    by WFBMM on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:56:49 PM PDT

    •  One thing though (2+ / 0-)
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      WayBeyondSoccerMom, BlackSheep1

      I found myself frustrated by the sometimes limited answer pool I had to pick from.  For instance, the one about raising taxes on the rich was especially frustrating because it failed to mention cutting out all those loopholes. I think if the loopholes are scrapped, that's like 80% of the battle.

      “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

      by WFBMM on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 01:59:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well it is right and wrong..... (3+ / 0-)

    It is right that I am more liberal than President Obama. It is wrong when it says this:

    You probably miss the Clinton years, and may have even been a Hillary supporter in '08.
    NO, NO, NO... Well yes.. I did really like President Clinton, but I was an Obama supporter from late January 2008 through the election.

    Originally I supported John Edwards (yeah... I know...) but, when they came to the California primary and it looked like Edwards was going to drop out, I jumped to Candidate Obama. I jumped because I wasn't sure who Edwards would endorse and I didn't want to vote for Hillary  (I still think that was the right choice).

    Thanks for bringing this one here.

    "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

    by volleyboy1 on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 02:01:54 PM PDT

  •  Wow. I'm a little surprised: (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom
    Congratulations! You're more liberal than President Obama!

    You're proudly towing the liberal line, canvas tote bag and all.

    I was sort of disappointed not to be called a Communist. ;-)

    "Vulture/Voucher 2012"? ¡Venceremos!

    by Free Jazz at High Noon on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 02:16:22 PM PDT

  •  don't need to take the quiz (2+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom, tacet

    I already know I'm more liberal than Obama and have since the great Healthcare Act negotiations

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 02:28:57 PM PDT

  •  Surprised actually (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom

    Congratulations! You're more liberal than President Obama!

    Although I was mad at President Obama on more than one occasion for compromising with Republicans and pushing good policies to the right (wrong).

  •  Yes, I am more liberal than President Obama, (2+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom, BlackSheep1

    according to this quiz.

    But I suspect Barack Obama is more liberal than President Obama also.

    It's easy to take a quiz and choose what you believe (though the choices were often terrible in this quiz), but it is another thing entirely when you have to govern in the real world with other people having a big say-so in the result. The tax question is an illustration of this. Yes, I would like to raise taxes on the  wealthy. But at the expense of raising taxes on the middle class in a recession, ending extended unemployment benefits, college tax credits, child tax credits, etc? No. So even though my choice in this quiz was more  liberal than President Obama, I would have probably done what he did and make the compromise necessary to save the things mentioned above, things that affect real people and are not just some mental exercise.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:30:48 PM PDT

  •  I'm not surprised by a result but it's a crappy (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom

    poll.

  •  quite a lefty, almost a communist on some things (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom

    !!! I'm not surprised, actually.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 08:45:36 PM PDT

  •  okay...why does it assume... (1+ / 0-)
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    WayBeyondSoccerMom

    that if you're more liberal than Obama, you were likely a Hillary supporter?

    I'd say the exact opposite.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 07:48:20 AM PDT

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