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Left-Wing Authoritarianism Test

Based on the work of L.G. Conway, Ph.D. and S. Houck, Ph.D.

Authoritarianism is an approach to politics characterized by support for strong central power and the constriction of individual freedoms. For years, researchers thought authoritarianism was exclusively the domain of the right-wing, but recently, researchers have begun discussing the possibility of left-wing authoritarianism as well. This test is based on a recent left-wing authoritarianism scale developed by Conway, Houck, and associates. It will determine your level of left-wing authoritarianism.

Are you a left-wing authoritarian? For each of the following statements, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 12

The only way our country can get through the turbulent times ahead is to purge certain people of their “traditional” values.



The IDRlabs Left-Wing Authoritarianism Test (IDR-LWAT) is the property of IDRlabs. The Left-Wing Authoritarianism Scale was developed by Dr. Conway, Dr. Houck, and colleagues. The IDR-LWAT is not associated with any specific researcher in the field of psychology or any affiliated research institution.

This test has been made with the aid of professional political analysts and respondents from all sides of the political spectrum. Even so, please keep in mind that tests are merely indicators. Though they can be right most of the time, they are not infallible. All tests on this site are presented for educational purposes only and should not be construed as constituting professional services or warranties of any kind.

Political authoritarianism tests and quizzes, whether they are professional or "official" tests used in academic research or free online tests or quizzes on authoritarianism like this one, are indicators to help give you a clue as to degree and kind of political authoritarianism. No test ever devised can designate your political allegiances with complete accuracy or reliability, and no political authoritarianism test can replace familiarizing yourself with the politics of your country in depth. For more information on the left-wing aspect of the authoritarianism issue, see Conway, L., Houck, S., Gornick, L., & Repke, M. (2017). Finding the Loch Ness monster: Left-wing authoritarianism in the United States. Political Psychology. Benjamin, A. J. (2014). Chasing the elusive left-wing authoritarian: An examination of Altemeyer’s right wing authoritarianism and left wing authoritarianism scales. National Social Science Journal, 43, 1, 7-13. McFarland, J. (2020). Perceived threat and left-wing authoritarianism: The effect of framing on persuasive messages. Scholar Works at University of Montana.

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Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This online left-wing authoritarianism test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to ascertain your scores related to opposing traditional values and being hostile to those who adhere to societal conventions.

2. Based on Science. Our left-wing authoritarianism test has been developed on the basis of state-of-the-art social science, as written and researched by Ph.D.s and professors at respected Western universities.

3. 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.

4. Made by Professionals. The authors of this left-wing authoritarianism personality test are certified in the use of different personality tests and have worked professionally with politics and psychometric testing.