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6 Foundations Test

The 6 Foundations Test is a communally-developed test that seeks to measure a person's political standpoint based on moral foundations theory. The test is related to the Moral Foundations Test, Moral Vignettes Test, and the Morality-as-Cooperation Test.

To take the 6 Foundations Test, indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each of the statements below.

Question 1 of 36

Do you agree or disagree with the following...

Liberty is more important than security.

Never
Often

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The 6 Foundations Test is distributed under the MIT License. The 6 Foundations Test is not the equivalent of the Moral Foundations Test, as otherwise also developed by IDRlabs.

The six moral foundations are:

Compassion: This foundation is related to our mammalian need to care for our young and bond with others. It underlies the virtues of kindness and compassion, including protection and compassion, which relate to basic emotions. Leftists tend to score the highest in this dimension, conservatives second highest, and libertarians the lowest.

Fairness: This foundation relates to our ability to maintain cooperative and mutually beneficial relationships. It is based on the virtues of honesty, justice, and reliability. It is associated with emotions such as gratitude, anger, and guilt. In general, leftists score higher than conservatives and libertarians in this dimension.

Loyalty: This foundation allows people to form cohesive communities from our long living history as tribes and clans. It underlies the virtues of patriotism, courage, and self-sacrifice on behalf of the group. It is associated with emotions such as pride and belonging. Conservatives' scores are usually higher in this domain than leftists and libertarians.

Authority: This foundation has been shaped by humanity's long history of coordinating hierarchical social interactions. It is based on the virtues of respect for tradition and submission to legitimate authority and is associated with emotions such as fear, respect, and awe. Conservatives usually have higher scores in this domain than leftists and libertarians.

Purity: This foundation relates to our species' need to avoid disease and parasites. It underlies the phenomenon of cultural taboos and fosters the obligation to live without indulging in sensual desires. It is associated with emotions such as holiness, piety, and disgust. Conservatives are usually more concerned with purity than leftists and libertarians.

Freedom: This foundation relates to the need for individuals to be masters of themselves and to avoid dominant social conventions imposed by the group. It is based on virtues of independence and autonomy and is associated with feelings such as self-sufficiency and rebellion. Libertarians usually score the highest in this dimension, conservatives are second highest, and Leftists are the lowest.

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Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This modified version of the 6 Foundations Test is free of charge and allows you to obtain your scores related to care, fairness, authority, sanctity, loyalty, and liberty.

2. Statistical controls. Test scores are logged into an anonymized database. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

3. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.