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Wahl-o-mat - Who would you vote for

by PeWi Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 03:31:41 PM EST

This is the translation of this Website. It tries to give you an idea, who to vote for in the forthcoming election. The questions have been collected by Young Germans and 75 of them were subsequently sent to the CDU, Greens, FDP, Linkspartei/PDS and SPD. The parties had the choice: Agree, Neutral, Don't agree. Out of the returns, the following 30 questions were chosen to provide and enable a distinct difference between the parties.

For each answer you have to note down the letters given.
(In my setting I have to scroll quite a bit down to get to the table - maybe someone could fix this? Thanks.)



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   
 

  Agree
 

  Neutral
 

  Don’t
 

  1.General speed limit on motorways!
 

  AG
 

  BFHIJ
 

  CDEG
 

  2.The protection against job dismissal is to be loosened.
 

  CD
 

  FGHIJ
 

  ABE
 

  3.The plan to switch off all Nuclear power stations will be retained
 

  ABE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  CD
 

  4.Fuel tax to be lowered
 

  CDF
 

  AGHIJ
 

  BDEF
 

  5.Turkey has to be enabled to become a full member of the European union.
 

  ABDE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  C
 

  6.The value added tax must be increased!
 

  C
 

  FGHIJ
 

  ABDE
 

  7.Introduction of a legal minimum wage!
 

  ABE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  CD
 

  8.Increase of the taxes for top earner!
 

  ABEH
 

  CFGIJ
 

  HD
 

  9.The compulsaory deposit for cans is to be abolished.
 

  D
 

  FGHIJ
 

  ABCE
 

  10.All citizen have to insure themselves with a public health insurance.
 

  AE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  BCD
 

  11. Germans living abroad have to pay taxes in Germany.
 

  BC
 

  FGHIJ
 

  ADE
 

  12.The European farm subsidies must be lowered substantially.
 

  ABEI
 

  DFGHJ
 

  CI
 

  13. A common European defense policy is to be developed.
 

  BCDE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  A
 

  14.The German coal mining industry is to be further subsidized.
 

  E
 

  FGHIJ
 

  ABCD
 

  15.The German Armed Forces are increasingly to be allowed to be used for tasks of internal security.
 

  C
 

  FGHIJ
 

  ABDE
 

  16.MP’s are to be obligated to publish all their supplementary income.
 

  ABCE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  D
 

  17.Each child must pass a language test before the first day at school.
 

  DHE
 

  CFGIJ
 

  ABH
 

  18.The first university degree has to remain free of charge.
 

  ABE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  CD
 

  19.Education politics are to be excluding affairs of the Lander.
 

  C
 

  FGHIJ
 

  ABDE
 

  20.Student financial assistance scheme should be paid independently of the income of parents.
 

  AB
 

  FGHIJ
 

  CDE
 

  21.The state is to pay a “replacement – income” in the first year of the parents time ("maternity leave").
 

  AHE
 

  CFGIJ
 

  BHD
 

  22.Women must be allowed to abort without previous consultation up to the third month and be exempt from punishment for doing so.
 

  AJ
 

  EFGHI
 

  BCDJ
 

  23. All offenders DNA data ("genetic finger mark") are to be seized centrally.
 

  CJ
 

  EFGHI
 

  ABDJ
 

  24.The draft is to be abolished.
 

  ABDJ
 

  EFGHI
 

  CJ
 

  25.More CCTV of public places!
 

  CI
 

  DFGHJ
 

  ABEI
 

  26. Equal legal rights for gay marriage!
 

  ABDE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  C
 

  27.Voting in General Election from the age of 16 (currently 18)
 

  AB
 

  FGHIJ
 

  CDE
 

  28.Biometric data (e.g. humb print) are to be included on the identity card.
 

  CEI
 

  DFGHJ
 

  ABI
 

  29.Marijuana is to be legalised.
 

  AB
 

  FGHIJ
 

  CDE
 

  30.Popular petitions also on federal level!
 

  ABDE
 

  FGHIJ
 

  C
 

Now you have answered all the questions. You have to give yourself 1 point for each time you have a letter A, B, C, D or E  and half a point for F,G,H,I, OR J

Lets imagine you have
5*A=5point
4*B=4pt
3*C=3pt
6*D=6pt
8*E=8pt
2*F=1pt
1*G=.5pt
5*H=2.5pt
6*I=3pt
8*J=4pt
Now you have to add the value for A and F, B and G, C and H, D and I and E and J which in our example is:
A + F=6
B + G=4.5
C + H=5.5
D + I=9
E + J=12

Your result would be that you have SPD (E + J)in lead with FDP(D + I) in second place, then PDS/Linksparty(A+F), then CDU/CSU(C + H) and then the Greens.( B + G)
Obviously a completely unrealistic result....

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by PeWi on Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 03:33:28 PM EST
NICE JOB PEWI!

There's no better way to explain the profiles of German political parties than wahl-o-mat.

by Saturday (geckes(at)gmx.net) on Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 03:41:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Gosh, you could all save yourself the time and math if you just had a 2 party system like ours.  You just decide who is most evil and vote for the other person.  It's a cinch!

(er, I'm really just jealous I don't have a fun test of my own to take :( Guess I am stuck with the ones in Cosmo Magazine...)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 04:18:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Well Cosmo is fun as is this. I know, it is a little bit unwieldy but I wanted to give everybody here the chance, to take part in one aspect of German political discussion...
by PeWi on Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 05:00:06 PM EST
Hm.

Here is what I would expect:

1 Greens 80%
2 Left Party 75%
3 SPD 50%
4 FDP 30%
5 CDU/CSU 5% (heh)

Making the test, I first looked at the result without weighting (estimating the bar lengths on the graph):

1 Left Party 80%
2 SPD 78%
3 Greens 78%
4 FDP 55%
5 CDU/CSU 40%

Well, that result is a bit bizarre. So here is it with weighting - now the sequence is just right:

1 Greens 83%
2 Left Party 81%
3 SPD 77%
4 FDP 50%
5 CDU/CSU 37%

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 05:56:45 PM EST
here's my result (as estimated from the bars):
  1. Left 81 %
  2. Green 76 %
  3. SPD 69 %
  4. FDP 45 %
  5. CDU 29 %
by Saturday (geckes(at)gmx.net) on Fri Sep 9th, 2005 at 06:23:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Do you think that is right for you? (If my impression is right, your true first pick would be SPD.)

I sent this test to my mother (the only other in the family who I assumed would care about it), she got SPD on top and the rest about like me - she expected FDP on top.

What I don't understand is how CDU could score higher for me than for my mother or you.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 09:03:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I've never been a member of any party; but you're right, I feel (or rather: felt) sympathetic with the Social Democrats. But never to its "right wing" (Helmut Schmidt, Gerhard Schröder etc.).

My (historical) ideal of a party is the USPD (Independent Social Demoratic Party), which was founded by anti-war Social Democrats during WW I in opposition to pro-war SPD and existed until the early 20s. There has never been a political party with a higher intellectual capacity than the USPD. And it did not shy away from fundamental political debates - debates which were cut short in all other parties. See e.g. the discussions between Karl Kautsky and Eduard Bernstein about a modern interpretation of Marxism. Discussions too sophisticated to be confined to left-right schemes.

Today, I'm actually thinking about voting for the Left Party. Thus, I think my wahl-o-mat result is quite ok.

by Saturday (geckes(at)gmx.net) on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 10:14:20 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I get the SPD on top both times. Unweighted the LP comes a close second (lol) weighted the LP is further behind, tied with the Greens, the FDP close is behind them. The CDU-CSU is a clear last in both cases.  Not sure how you guys guess the percentages but from what I can tell mine are pretty low all around, particularly when weighted - ranging from about two thirds for the SPD to below half for the CDU-CSU.
In reality my clear first choice are the Greens with the SPD a distant second, then FDP and CDU tied and the LP is  clearly last.
by MarekNYC on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:50:02 AM EST
Maybe your choices have more to do with persons, party past and speeches than policies?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 08:58:10 AM EST
[ Parent ]
You're right, that is a factor. But that's normal. To take an extreme example a friend of mine who is right-libertarian would, on the surface, be much closer on economic issues (as based on their platform) to the Repubs than the Dems, but he can't stand Bush for obvious reasons. Or take the extreme right in Poland. On economic issues they are fairly left wing, but no left winger in their right mind would vote for them.

In the case of Germany I dislike the LP for its SED past and for Lafontaine's current racism - the stuff he wrote in his book is worse than anything he said in his speeches btw. As a result I don't really care what their official platform is - they're beyond the pale for me. I also haven't been particularly impressed by Schroeder's performance as chancellor, on the other hand I don't know how Merkel would be.

by MarekNYC on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:23:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I tried to shorten the table...but no luck. Maybe Colman, do you know how to shorten this table?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 04:44:46 AM EST
Maybe it is to do with the fact, that I inserted a whole table and that just mucks it up. If I were using divs, maybe that would work? hmm. am not that familiar with them however.
by PeWi on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 05:35:33 AM EST


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