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The political spectrum is a term used to refer to
the differences in ideology between the major political parties
in the United States. Those ideas normally ascribed to the democratic
party are referred to as being to the "left" of the political
spectrum. Ideas associated with the republican party are often
referred to as being to the "right" of the political spectrum.
Many individuals have ideas on both sides of the spectrum, but
generally gravitate to one side more than the other. References
of people being "to the left" or "to the right" can be traced
back to the French Revolution, where those deemed "conservative"
sat to the right of the legislative assembly and those labeled
"liberal" sat to the left.
Take a look at the characteristics below that are important to
the left and the right and see what you agree with.
Characteristics | Right
Conservative vs Liberal Beliefs
Check out the online tests below to determine
where you stand.
On the Issues Quiz
Check out the links below to see the views of the left and the
right on some of todays hottest issues.