Experiment: Whom would you vote for if you were German (in English)

Before every general election in Germany the “Federal Institute for Political Education” (bpb) releases the “Elect-o-Meter” (Wahl-O-Mat) a simply web-application that asks your opinion on current political issues and then compares your answer with the party platforms. With general elections only three weeks away, the new version of the Wahl-O-Mat was released on Friday – and this time even in English.

If you ever wondered whom you vote for if you were German – try the “Elect-O-Meter”. (Update: this link is no longer available)

The Elect-O-Meter

Does asking for a minimum wage make you a Leftie in Germany?

Missed chance for social media

What I find a really disappointing about this years version is that it (still) misses any kind of social media integration. There isn’t even a “share on Facebook”-option which to me means that the bpb is failing at least part of it’s mandate. I mean there’d be so many great things you could do with this tool, the easiest being:

  • Tell your friends about the “Elect-O-Meter”
  • Status-Update/Tweet: “I just tested my political preferences. Take the test and don’t forget to vote”
  • Status-Update/Tweet: “According to the Elect-O-Meter I’m closest to <name of party>. Take the test”
  • Embed-version

Especially considering that less and less young people go and vote, I think this would really have been a good chance to make people think about whom they should vote for.

Different countries, different political labels

Btw: The bpb is a highly respected, non-partisan organization and this applet is being embedded by media partners all over Germany. Personally, I have to say I always find it highly accurate. So, give it a shot and see whether, if you lived in Germany, you’d support the Greens, or the Christian Socialists (which are conservative in Germany), the Pirate Party (sic!) or The Left. I always find it interesting to see how different the political spectra’s are in different countries. What might be left in one country can be conservative in another and vice versa.