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FAQ

The Political Rankings Spectrum is the flagship feature here at www.politicalrankings.com. Because this a one-of-a-kind feature found nowhere else on the internet (at least it shouldn’t be, but if you see any imposters out there, please let us know!), you may have some questions about what exactly it is. Well you are in the right place! Below you will find the frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the Political Rankings Spectrum.

How is a Political Ranking calculated?
  • A Political Ranking is calculated as an average of the below 3 categories of subrankings:
    • Social subranking – political topics related to institutions such as the family, American society, religion, etc.
    • Economic subranking – political topics related to taxes, finances, trade, etc.
    • Political subranking – political topics related to interpretation of the Constitution, role of government domestically, role of government internationally, etc.
  • Input collected by Political Rankings from visitors like you when you use the "higher" or "lower" buttons on any result page have the potential to increase or decrease a Political Ranking. The votes are tallied until they hit a threshold, and an IP is collected, to control for potential abuse of this popular input method.
How are subrankings calculated?
  • Subrankings calculations are affected by the following 3 factors:
    • Words and actions of the political individual or group in relation to political topics within said category and measured through the ideological lens (liberal vs conservative)
    • Ratings by various organizations that rate political individuals or groups (if available)
Is a low Political Ranking bad?
  • The short answer is no. It depends completely on the political individual or group and what your expectation of them is. The latter is typically closely related to your approach to politics. To give examples, if the political group is a news organization that you want to be nonpartisan, then no a low Political Ranking is not bad, it is very good (a Political Ranking of 0.0 would be ideal). Or if you want more politicians to be bipartisan deal-makers, then again a low Political Ranking is good. But if you are very sure of your ideals, and want more politicians to be sure of theirs too, then you want a higher Political Ranking. Even still, that does not mean that political individuals or groups with low Political Rankings are bad, or not as good; it just means they have a different approach to politics.
Sometimes political individuals or groups contradict themselves. How does that affect a ranking?
  • Generally more recent words and actions carry more weight. Also, a position that is communicated by words and actions multiple times carries more weight than a position communicated just once. Positions that are communicated publicly generally carry more weight than those communicated privately.
What political individuals or groups appear on the Political Rankings Spectrum?
  • Currently all sitting members of congress as of October 1, 2020, the President, the Vice President, and the Democratic Presidential candidate (Joe Biden) appear on the Political Rankings Spectrum. Eventually the political individuals or groups found below will also be added.
  • Elected officials or candidates (federal, state, & local offices), high-profile bureaucrats, high-profile campaign staff, media organizations, political media commentators & personalities, Political Action Committees (PACs), party entities, political activists, political historians, other politically active organizations, & more
  • We are adding new individuals and groups to the Political Rankings Spectrum daily
What individuals or groups do not appear on the Political Rankings Spectrum?
  • Long retired/deceased (more than 5 years) elected officials
  • Nonpartisan elected officials or candidates (such as judges)
  • Celebrities who dabble in politics but are known for other things and not politics specifically
  • Foreign/non-American individuals or groups
  • Political Participant Impersonators (PPIs) are 1) grifters, trolls, frauds, or 2) self-disclosed racists, white supremacists, neo-nazis, and communists, or 3) those who regularly call for or commit violence
Why do PPIs not appear on the Political Rankings Spectrum?
  • At Political Rankings, we believe that American politics should ultimately be a collection of good-faith efforts by political individuals and groups to produce positive outcomes for the American people who are funding it with their tax dollars. What parallel universe is that, right? Joking aside, PPIs do not appear on the Political Rankings Spectrum because they do not truly play a role; they do not contribute anything. They only seek to disrupt, gain attention, intimidate, cause harm, etc.
What if I couldn’t find a political individual or group on the Political Rankings Spectrum and I want them to be added?
  • Please use the below button to go to the Contact Us page and us know which political individual or group you want added to the Political Rankings Spectrum. Then be sure to check back later to see if it’s been added!

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