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Right-Wing/Left-Wing Authoritarianism Test

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 Conway, Houck, and associates have discovered evidence for left-wing authoritarianism as well.

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

Question 1 of 24

Our country desperately needs a liberal leader who will do what has to be done to destroy the narrow-minded conservative ways that are ruining us.



The IDRlabs Right-Wing/Left-Wing Authoritarianism Test is the property of IDRlabs. The right-wing authoritarianism construct was developed by R. Altemeyer from the original research of T. Adorno and associates. The left-wing authoritarianism construct was developed by Conway, Houck, and associates. IDRlabs is not affiliated with any of these researchers or their institutions.

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 to constitute 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 on left-wingpolitical authoritarianism research, see Conway, L.G., III, Houck, S.C., Gornick, L.J. and Repke, M.A. (2018), Finding the Loch Ness Monster: Left‐Wing Authoritarianism in the United States. Political Psychology, 39: 1049-1067. doi:10.1111/pops.12470. 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 and the rest of the references on the result page of this test.

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