Results of a morality poll.

I have made a poll on three message boards, with the following question:

Are individuals naturally good or evil?
A. On the whole, individuals are naturally good.
B. On the whole, individuals are naturally evil/corrupt.
C. I believe in blank slate: humans are not naturally anything.
D. Neither of these choices.

Here are the combined results:
Naturally good- 36% (21)
Naturally evil- 5% (3)
Blank slate- 33% (17)
Neither- 26% (15)

There were no significant differences between Market Anarchists, Left-Libertarians and Anarcho-Communists (with one exception: Anarcho-Communists answered blank slate far more often, which is not that surprising for a more utopian bunch).

Incidentally, my hypothesis was that no Anarchist would answer “naturally evil.” Apparently I was wrong, as three people did. One of them was a Christian, so that’s understandable (offensive and retarded, but understandable). I don’t know why the other two did.

7 thoughts on “Results of a morality poll.

  1. Neverfox January 4, 2009 at 17:43

    FYI, here are some “back-of-the-envelope” 95% confidence intervals for those results (with all the basic assumptions):

    Naturally good- 36% +/- 21% (21)
    Naturally evil- 5% +/- 2% (3)
    Blank slate- 33% +/- 22% (17)
    Neither- 26% +/- 22% (15)

  2. Francois Tremblay January 4, 2009 at 17:47

    Thanks. I guess I didn’t have a lot of respondents huh? Still, it’s the best I could do.

  3. Anarcho-pragmatiste January 6, 2009 at 15:54

    Is D stands for “some individuals are naturally bad, others are naturally good”?

  4. Anarcho-pragmatiste January 6, 2009 at 15:56

    Nope…D could stand for “individuals are naturally patially good and bad”.

    Whatever, I vote D.

  5. Anarcho-pragmatiste January 6, 2009 at 15:59

    Even if the sample size was sufficiently high, this is not a scientific poll and these confidence intervals are irrelevant.

    But, this is a interesting exploratory study.

  6. Francois Tremblay January 6, 2009 at 17:27

    Yea, it’s not a scientific poll. I don’t have a bottin telephonique of Anarchists that I can call at random. ;)

  7. Anarcho-pragmatiste January 7, 2009 at 17:12


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