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The following survey assesses your moral attitudes, particularly as they relate to your religious and cultural background. By “moral” we mean those aspects of thought and behavior that relate to commonly accepted notions of right and wrong, and to selfish and unselfish actions. One need not be religious to be “moral,” although religions do tend to espouse moral codes of behavior. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions, and your responses are anonymous, so please be as honest as you can.

You will receive feedback about your moral attitudes, relative to those of other respondents to this survey. You will also receive feedback about your personality, relative to other survey respondents. Read our consent form, which explains your rights as well as the benefits of this free, anonymous test.

  • Your results will be displayed as soon as you submit your answers.
  • The test will take around 15 minutes.
  • Answer these questions honestly; otherwise you won't get an accurate answer.


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PART 1: MORAL ATTITUDES & BELIEFS

For the following questions, if you feel that both extremes are sometimes equally valid, choose 4 (the midpoint of the scale).

In addition to taking this test yourself, you may provide answers for another person who you know well enough to rate, such as a spouse, significant other, friend, or sibling. If you do rate another person, you will receive feedback about this person's moral attitudes, relative to your own attitudes and to those of other respondents.

1. Moral principles are:
Myself: Relative/Cultural
Absolute/Universal
The Other Person I am rating (optional) Relative/Cultural
Absolute/Universal

2. Without God:
Myself: Morals still apply
Anything goes
Other Person: Morals still apply
Anything goes

3. Moral principles are largely determined by:
Myself: Genetics
Environment
Other Person: Genetics
Environment

4. I believe that most human behaviors are largely determined by:
Myself: Genetics
Environment
Other Person: Genetics
Environment

5. I believe that people are:
Myself: Mostly altruistic
Mostly selfish
Other Person: Mostly altruistic
Mostly selfish

6. I believe that moral principles are:
Myself: God given
Not God given
Other Person: God given
Not God given

7. I believe that Gays and Lesbians:
Myself: Are born that way
Are not born that way
Other Person: Are born that way
Are not born that way

8. I believe that physical and mental differences in ability between races are largely determined by:
Myself: Genetics
Environment
Other Person: Genetics
Environment

9. Abortion should always be a matter of choice:
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

10. Birth control should be available to everyone:
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

11. Stem cell research is:
Myself: Always wrong
Never wrong
Other Person: Always wrong
Never wrong

12. Euthanasia and assisted suicide should be allowed:
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

13. The practice of homosexuality is:
Myself: Always wrong
Never wrong
Other Person: Always wrong
Never wrong

14. Adultery is:
Myself: Always wrong
Never wrong
Other Person: Always wrong
Never wrong

15. Pre-marital sex is:
Myself: Always wrong
Never wrong
Other Person: Always wrong
Never wrong

16. Freedom of speech should:
Myself: Always be allowed
Be subject to restrictions
Other Person: Always be allowed
Be subject to restrictions

17. Divorce is:
Myself: Always wrong
Never wrong
Other Person: Always wrong
Never wrong

18. The proper position on the separation of church and state is:
Myself: Complete separation
Complete integration
Other Person: Complete separation
Complete integration

19. Gun control is:
Myself: Not at all necessary
Very necessary
Other Person: Not at all necessary
Very necessary

20. The government needs to do more to protect biodiversity and the environment.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

21. The death penalty for persons convicted of murder is:
Myself: Always wrong
Never wrong
Other Person: Always wrong
Never wrong

22. The government needs to do more to protect us from corporate corruption.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

23. Marijuana use should be:
Myself: Legalized
Kept illegal
Other Person: Legalized
Kept illegal

24. The government needs to do more to reduce the income gap between the rich and the poor.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

25. The government has a moral right to initiate war against potential enemy states.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

26. The government has a moral obligation to promote human rights around the world.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

27. The government has a moral obligation to provide aid to the developing world.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

28. The government needs to do more for national security even at the cost of personal freedoms.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

29. The government needs to do more about political corruption and campaign finances.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

30. The government needs to do more to enforce affirmative action.
Myself: Disagree
Agree
Other Person: Disagree
Agree

If you rated someone besides yourself, who is this person?
What is this other person's sex?
What is this other person's age?


(You are now more than a third of the way through the survey.)

PART 2: RELIGIOUS & SOCIAL BACKGROUND

1. I consider myself to be:
A fiscal/economic conservative
A fiscal/economic liberal
2. I consider myself to be:
A social conservative
A social liberal
3. I consider myself to be:
Not very interested in science
Very interested in science
4. I consider myself to be:
Very religious
Not at all religious
Do you believe there is a God (a purposeful higher intelligence that created the universe)?:
Current religious organization membership:
On average when you were growing up, how often did you attend religious services?
How often do you presently attend religious services?
9. How strong were your father's moral convictions?
Not Strong
Very Strong
10. How strong were your mother's moral convictions?
Not Strong
Very Strong


PART 3: ABOUT YOU

Although the following questions won't affect your results and are optional, we'd like to know more about you. These data are being used solely for an academic research project and will not be shared with anyone.

Gender
Age, in years:
Ethnicity: Please select the option that fits you best.
If ethnicity of "other" fill in your ethnicity:
Select your country of residence:
If you are a Canadian or United States Resident, select the state or region in which you live:
If you grew up in the United States, what is the zip-code/postal code of the place where you spent most of your youth?
If you live in the United States, what is the zip-code/postal code of the place where you live now?
How many children were in your family? (include yourself)
What is your precise birth rank in your sibling group? i.e, 1 (eldest), 2 (second eldest), 3, 4, etc.
Was there some significant change during your childhood or adolescence that caused your effective birth order to be different from your biological birth order? (for example, remarriage and the acquisition of step-siblings). Do not answer "yes" to this question unless your effective birth order changed from being an elder child to a younger child or vice versa.
If you answered "yes," how old were you (in years) when this change occured in your effective birth order? (leave blank if no change)
Where would you place your parents on the following spectrum for social class?
Where would you place yourself on the following spectrum for social class?
Number of years of formal education your mother or father (whichever is the highest) has completed:
Education (highest degree completed):
Marital Status:
18. On average, how was your childhood relationship with your father?
Very Conflicted
Very Harmonious
19. On average, how was your childhood relationship with your mother?
Very Conflicted
Very Harmonious


PART 4. ABOUT YOUR PERSONALITY

The following statements concern your perception about yourself in a variety of situations. Your task is to indicate the strength of your agreement with each statement below. Remember, there are no "right" or "wrong" answers, so select the number that most closely reflects how you see yourself. Take your time and consider each statement carefully.

  1. Strongly disagree
  2. Disagree
  3. Neither disagree nor agree
  4. Agree
  5. Strongly agree

I see myself as someone who...

1. ...Is talkative
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
2. ...Tends to find fault with others
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
3. ...Does a thorough job
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
4. ...Is depressed, blue
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
5. ...Is original, comes up with new ideas
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
6. ...Is reserved
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
7. ...Is helpful and unselfish with others
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
8. ...Can be somewhat careless
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
9. ...Is relaxed, handles stress well
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
10. ...Is curious about many different things
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
11. ...Is full of energy
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
12. ...Starts quarrels with others
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
13. ...Is a reliable worker
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
14. ...Can be tense
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
15. ...Is ingenious, a deep thinker
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
16. ...Generates a lot of enthusiasm
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
17. ...Has a forgiving nature
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
18. ...Tends to be disorganized
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
19. ...Worries a lot
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
20. ...Has an active imagination
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
21. ...Tends to be quiet
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
22. ...Is generally trusting
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
23. ...Tends to be lazy
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
24. ...Is emotionally stable, not easily upset
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
25. ...Is inventive
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
26. ...Has an assertive personality
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
27. ...Can be cold and aloof
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
28. ...Perseveres until the task is finished
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
29. ...Can be moody
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
30. ...Values artistic, aesthetic experiences
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
31. ...Is sometimes shy, inhibited
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
32. ...Is considerate and kind to almost everyone
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
33. ...Does things efficiently
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
34. ...Remains calm in tense situations
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
35. ...Prefers work that is routine
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
36. ...Is outgoing, sociable
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
37. ...Is sometimes rude to others
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
38. ...Makes plans and follows through with them
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
39. ...Gets nervous easily
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
40. ...Likes to reflect, play with ideas
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
41. ...Has few artistic interests
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
42. ...Likes to cooperate with others
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
43. ...Is easily distracted
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
44. ...Is sophisticated in art, music, or literature
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
45. ...Has high self-esteem
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
46. ...Is very conventional, traditional
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly
47. ...Is fun-loving, makes people laugh
Disagree Strongly
Agree Strongly


PART 5. WHY ARE YOU AND OTHERS MORAL OR IMMORAL?

The following section, which requires written responses, is optional. If you would like to receive your results now, rather than filling out this section, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Get Results".

In your own words, please briefly describe why you behave in moral ways and why you think others behave in moral ways. Also, in your own words, please briefly describe why you sometimes behave immorally and why you think others sometimes behave immorally.

Why do you behave in moral ways?
Why do you think most other people behave in moral ways?
Why do you sometimes behave immorally?
Why do you think most other people sometimes behave immorally?


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This test is (c) 2003 by U. C. Berkeley psychologist Frank J. Sulloway, Ph.D. and Michael Shermer, Ph.D.; all rights reserved. The personality component of this test is (c) by U. C. Berkeley psychologist Oliver John, Ph.D.; all rights reserved. Remaining portions, website content, and design is (c) 2003 by Atof Inc.; all rights reserved.