Also, the poll doesn't take into account the economic situation of these days, where in the EU for example being left means "opening/free-market" and right means "closure/protectionism".
That's merely a matter of perspective. Many people think very differently about left/right.
For instance: -many people think of Hitler as far right, yet the political compas has him close to the center -many people think of Hillary Clinton as left, however the political compas has her to the far right, even to the right of Trump -many people think of EU governments as left, although the political compas has them all comfortably on the right -many people think of the european socialist parties as being to the left, yet the political compas has them to the right
These are all distinctions I agree with and many other people do aswell. The reason a lot of people do not is because left and right have lost their meaning or perhaps never really had one. Historically the left were the disenfranchised and the right were the people in power. The entire distinction is based on the seating in the french national assembly from 1789, when the royalists seated to the right and the revolutionaries seated to the left.
It's hard to come up with any meaningful distinction if that is your basis. Technically you could twist and turn things so that almost anything fits to the left and almost anything fits to the right as you can redefine what left and right means as you see fit.
Generally "opening" is more associated with the left and "closure" more to the right but if you get into free-market and protectionism things get a lot more fuzzy. For instance Marx (who is the poster boy for the far left) was against the free-market, while libertarians typically want the most free market possible and the smallest state.
On The Political Compas they went with an economic distinction between left and right which I think is (one of) the most meaningful way(s) to look at it. However both left and right have aquired so many meanings that it's impossible to boil it down to one thing. Unfortunately this encourages making politics a show rather than an actual debate but it's hard to change it.
Reality is too complex for such labels. However while I think some of the questions are questionable (to say the least), I actually like general measures of the political compas because it's easy to decipher.
I pretty much agree on everything, especially because politics evolves with history and reality. The EU alignements and economic policy are a typical example of this. What hasn't changed much is the social view of the two sides. Left keeps standing on the "opening", while right on the "closure" and that's what the political compass lacks: a proper way to determine that economic policies have kind of switched and keep on changing. So you have me being put in the "authoritarian left" section but being a fan of Marine Le Pen for example.
I haven't completed yet, but these questions are terrible. And I'm only two questions into the quiz.
Further in now. I reserve the right to disown the results of this quiz, because it is godawful.
Okay, seriously guys. Finished with page 2. I'll finish the quiz for the lulz, but I'm finding a less leading one after this. Gosh. If you agree with some of these questions, you're a white supremacist or some other kind of nutjob. "People with serious inheritable disabilities should not be allowed to reproduce?" Agree or disagree? Are you fucking kidding me? "The most important thing for children to learn is to accept discipline?" I believe in discipline. Seriously, I do. I even believe in spanking if you're not an idiot about it. But THAT ISN'T THE GOAL OF DISCIPLINE! Discipline is a measured punishment that you know is coming if you do something bad. You hit your brother, you get a good spanking, slate is clean, move along. Accepting discipline is merely accepting your consequence if you do something bad. The goal is that you decide that it really isn't worth being bad, so you don't need discipline.
Because when you're thirty-five and kill a guy holding up a gas station, the important thing isn't that you accept the discipline. The important thing is that you don't do that in the first place.