I haven’t done one of these Internet quizzes in a couple months, so I took the plunge on the SelectSmart quiz that’s making the rounds.

My results:

1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Bush, President George W. – Republican (73%)
3. Libertarian Candidate (55%)
4. Kerry, Senator John, MA – Democrat (42%)
5. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT – Democrat (42%)
6. Edwards, Senator John, NC – Democrat (42%)
7. Gephardt, Rep. Dick, MO – Democrat (38%)
8. Phillips, Howard – Constitution (35%)
9. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH – Democrat (34%)
10. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT – Democrat (33%)
11. Sharpton, Reverend Al – Democrat (22%)
12. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. – Democrat (18%)
13. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR – Democrat (15%)
14. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol, IL – Democrat (2%)

One wonders about the metrics used for these things. I’m not surprised that President Bush is the candidate that most closely agrees with my positions, but I’m perplexed that the correlation is that high given my more libertarian leanings. I’d have guessed Lieberman or Clark would have outpolled the Libertarian Party candidate, given that the LP and I disagree totally on foreign policy–and yet this list has Clark below Sharpton and LaRouche. Hmm.

(Hat tip: Stephen Bainbridge)

Update (2318): It occured to me that I’d taken a similar quiz before (the LaRouche inclusion tipped me off) and searching through my archives it turns out I took a SelectSmart quiz back on June 30. The survey questions and methods have changed over time, as have the rankings–especially the percentages. Indeed, President Bush scored 100% in June.

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  1. Zygote says:

    Mine were similar in a lot of ways with W. coming out on top.
    More interesting than my list though was the percentage breakdown of how most people made their selections. That’s an eye opener, even with its limited relevance.
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