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The scale you completed was a revised version of the "Activism Orientation Scale" developed by Alexandra Corning.

The scale is a measure that assesses people's tendencies to participate in political activities. This scale consists of two primary types of political activities:
(1) Conventional activism, referring to activities such as volunteering for a campaign, wearing buttons supporting a candidate, and attending political discussions.
(2) High-risk activism, referring to activities that involve a higher risk of danger such as engaging in physical altercations.

The idea behind the scale is that some types of political engagement are necessary for a democracy's continued functioning. However, some types of political engagement are better for democratic functioning than others. For example, it is good for citizens to be informed on the issues, participate in political discussions, and to vote. However, it is not so good for citizens to attack each other, break laws, and threaten people for holding different political beliefs. We are interested in figuring out what kinds of people are driven to engage in both conventional and higher-risk political activities.

The graph below show your scores (in green). The scores of all liberals who have taken it on our site are shown in blue (dark blue for those who identify as "strongly liberal," and light blue for those who identify less strongly as "liberal"), and the scores of all conservatives are shown in red (dark red for those who identify as "strongly conservative," and light red for those who identify less strongly as "conservative"). The scale runs from 1 (lowest score) to 4 (highest score) on both graphs. Higher scores indicate that you intend to engage in each type of political activities.

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You are a member of the group:LessWrong and those results are shown with the Grey bar.






To learn more about measuring political activism, you can view read this paper:

Corning, A. F., & Myers, D. J. (2002). Individual orientation toward engagement in social action. Political Psychology, 23(4), 703-729.


To learn more about political civility and hostility, you can visit CivilPolitics.org, a hub of academic research on political polarization and civility.



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