PRIVATE BIN: We know who you’ll vote for …
Still having trouble deciding who to vote for this Saturday? Easy. Just take a quiz to find out which party is right for you.
Political website pundit.co.nz has given voters this option with its election quiz, which helps New Zealanders figure out which parties are closest to their ideological beliefs.
The format is simple and easy to follow.
Users are shown a list of election issues, and given 20 points to allocate to the ones they consider most important.
The issues are: crime and punishment, economy and taxes, education, employment, environment and energy, family and morals, foreign policy and trade, government and leadership, health care, race relations and immigration and welfare and superannuation.
Questions are then given based on how many points you gave each issue.
Giving crime and punishment five points will mean being asked about policies such as private sector management of prisons, the outlawing of gangs and “life means life” sentencing.
On each policy you are given a five-point scale ranging from “strongly oppose” to “strongly support.”
At the end of the quiz you are shown, as a percentage, how closely your beliefs match up to each party and which one is most suitable for you.
Glassbooth, the American organisation that designed the New Zealand election quiz, modelled it on a similar quiz it made for the US presidential election.
Taking the presidential quiz shows how different the political landscapes are in New Zealand and the US.
Some of the issues listed, such as abortion and birth control, medical marijuana and drug policy, gun control and religion and public life, barely even rate a mention in New Zealand.
And answering the quiz according to New Zealand’s policies puts you on the far left of the American political spectrum, with the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney the closest candidate.
Even Barack Obama is some way to the right of New Zealand’s political mainstream.