• The Authoritarianism Scale

    The what? The Authoritarianism scale. Get out a pencil. I’m going to take you into the inner sanctum of a personality test. Just don’t be FRIGHTENED!

    Below is the latest version of the Authoritarianism scale. Read the instructions carefully.

     

    This survey is part of an investigation of general public opinion concerning a variety of social issues.You will probably find that you agree with some of the statements, and disagree with others, to varying extents. Please indicate your reaction to each by scoring how well you disagree or agree. 

     

    Select -4 if you very strongly disagree with the statement.

    Select a -3 if you strongly disagree with the statement.

    Select a -2 if you moderately disagree with the statement.

    Select a -1 if you slightly disagree with the statement.

    Select a +1 if you slightly agree with the statement.

    Select a +2 if you moderately agree with the statement.

    Select a +3 if you strongly agree with the statement.

    Select a +4 if you very strongly agree with the statement.

    If you feel exactly and precisely neutral about an item, write down a “0."

     

    (“Dr. Bob” to reader: We’ll probably stay friends longer if you read this paragraph.) Important: You may find that you sometimes have different reactions to different parts of a statement. For example, you might very strongly disagree (“-4") with one idea in a statement, but slightly agree (“+1") with another idea in the same item. When this happens, please combine your reactions, and write down how you feel on balance (a “-3" in this case).