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Right-Wing Authoritarianism Test

Based on the work of Dr. R.A. Altemeyer, 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 the classical right-wing authoritarianism scale by Dr. R.A. Altemeyer. It will determine your level of right-wing authoritarianism (RWA).

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

Question 1 of 12

It’s always better to trust the proper authorities among conservative leaders than it is to listen to progressive rabble rousers who are trying to upset our traditional ways.



The IDRlabs Right-Wing Authoritarianism Test (IDR-RWAT) is the property of IDRlabs. The Right-wing Authoritarianism Scale was developed by Dr. Altemeyer. The IDR-RWAT 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 right-wing aspect of the authoritarianism issue, see Altemeyer, R. A. (1981). Right-wing authoritarianism. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press; Altemeyer, B. (1988). Enemies of freedom: Understanding right-wing authoritarianism. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass; Saunders, B., & Ngo, J. (2017). The right-wing authoritarianism scale. Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, and the rest of the references on the result page of this test.

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Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This online right-wing authoritarianism test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to ascertain your scores related to supporting traditional values and being hostile to those who do not adhere to such societal conventions.

2. Based on Science. Our right-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 right-wing authoritarianism personality test are certified in the use of different personality tests and have worked professionally with politics and psychometric testing.