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The AmericansElect.org quiz outlines how elected officials and public figures address political topics, plus the relative importance they place on each key topic. The nine key topics are:

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Question 1 answer C on Economy:

When you think about the US budget deficit, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: Cutting existing programs
  • B: More spending cuts than tax increases (mix of both solutions)
  • C: More tax increases than spending cuts (mix of both solutions)
  • D: Raising Taxes
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'C' from 11 out of 15 statements:

Too little government oversight caused 2010 recession: C on question 1
Get $4 trillion in banks back into economy: C on question 1
More incentives for small business and technology transfers: C on question 1
Anti-government attitude resulted in massive national debt: C on question 1
Gov't pays reduced wages instead of layoffs: C on question 1
Restrain spending AND raise taxes to reduce debt: C on question 1
If Congress won't legislate, fix by Executive Order: C on question 1
If banks loaned out their $2T in cash, recession would end: C on question 1
Cutting taxes for the rich hurts deficit and future: D on question 1
1995-97: Cutting capital gains tax helped eradicate deficit: C on question 1
First modern Pres.to use fiscal discipline to balance budget: C on question 1
Pay off National Debt to reduce interest payments for all: B on question 1
1980: Broaden tax base or we have to cut services: D on question 1
Across-the-board tax cuts are irresponsible: D on question 1
Cut defense & ask wealthy Americans to pay their share: C on question 1
This question weighted at 24% importance.
(Relative importance: 15 out of 62 statements.)

Question 2 answer A on Energy:

When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
  • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
  • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
  • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
  • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 11 out of 13 statements:

Green energy: tax incentives for solar & wind: A on question 2
Wind, solar, and retrofits create more jobs than coal: A on question 2
Clean power from landfills, natural gas, hybrids, and CAF: B on question 2
Foster renewable-energy projects in the military: A on question 2
More high-speed trains, at higher speeds: A on question 2
Adopt GHG cap-and-trade system including India & China: A on question 2
Climate change is existential threat to civilization: A on question 2
Helped negotiate Kyoto Treaty on climate change: A on question 2
$1 trillion global market for clean energy: B on question 2
1997: Signed Kyoto Protocol on global warming: A on question 2
Climate change: more biomass, more efficiency: A on question 2
Need binding treaties on global warming: A on question 2
Increase fuel efficiency from 27 mpg to 40 mpg: A on question 2
This question weighted at 21% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 62 statements.)

Question 3 answer A on Healthcare:

When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
  • B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
  • C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
  • D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 3 out of 6 statements:

ObamaCare has already insured millions and reduced costs: B on question 3
Compromise on delivery methods to preserve full healthcare: A on question 3
1990s plan: affordable, competitive, universal healthcare: A on question 3
Universal coverage would reduce bureaucratic costs: A on question 3
Loosen eligibility for disability benefits: B on question 3
Do more for health insurance: B on question 3
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 62 statements.)

Question 4 answer A on Immigration:

When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
  • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
  • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
  • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
  • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 3 out of 6 statements:

2000: Required agencies to communicate in foreign languages: A on question 4
Assure Mexico: no mass deportations: B on question 4
Reduce immigration backlog while maintaining quality: B on question 4
Opposed Official English; strengthen bilingual education: A on question 4
Strict enforcement against illegal immigration: C on question 4
We are richer for the energy & ideas of immigrants: A on question 4
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 62 statements.)

Question 5 answer D on Foreign Policy:

When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
  • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
  • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
  • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'D' from 6 out of 12 statements:

Fight war on drugs in all of the Andean states: B on question 5
1993: NATO air strikes on Serbs only with European support: C on question 5
Expanded US role to Somalian nation-building: D on question 5
1995: Pushed Mexican peso "bailout"; Mexico repaid all loans: C on question 5
Pledged to Gorbachev to not extend NATO eastward: D on question 5
1990s: Worked with religious leaders for African debt relief: C on question 5
Bush’s unilateralism strains international partnerships: D on question 5
Engagement over escapism and isolation: D on question 5
1999 Millennium Development Goals: forgive 3rd world debt: D on question 5
Bush missed opportunity to unite US and the world: D on question 5
Advocate for Tibet-China discussion on human rights: C on question 5
Build a rule-based global trading system: A on question 5
This question weighted at 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 62 statements.)

Question 6 answer B on Education:

When you think about education in the US, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
  • A: School curriculums should be set entirely at a local school board level
  • B: School curriculums should be set more by local school boards than at a national level
  • C: School curriculums should be set more by national standards than at a local level
  • D: School curriculums should be set entirely at a national standardized level
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'B' from 3 out of 3 statements:

Pushed for voluntary national school standards: B on question 6
$15B in education aid to ‘support what works’: B on question 6
Expand public school choice and public charter schools: B on question 6
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 62 statements.)

Question 7 answer B on Social Issues:

When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
  • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
  • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
  • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
  • D: Unsure
Summary answer 'B' from 3 out of 4 statements:

Overturn DOMA; it provided an excuse for discrimination: C on question 7
1993: Issued gays-in-military policy ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’: B on question 7
First President to appoint open gays: B on question 7
Include sexual orientation in Hate Crimes: B on question 7
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 62 statements.)

Question 8 answer D on Environment:

Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
  • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
  • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
  • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
  • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'D' from 3 out of 5 statements:

Lowered arsenic levels in drinking water: C on question 8
False choice between economy and environment: D on question 8
Throw corporate polluters in jail: C on question 8
No net loss wetlands policy: D on question 8
Much left to do on clean air, water, & environment: D on question 8
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 62 statements.)

Question 9 answer C on Reform:

Which of the following comes closest to your personal opinion?
  • A: To make this country great, we should return to the examples and values of our forefathers
  • B: This country is already great, we shouldn't change a thing
  • C: To make this country great, we should keep building and adapting for the future
Summary answer 'C' from 6 out of 7 statements:

American Dream requires effective gov't AND private sector: C on question 9
America is an idea: play by the rules and pursue your dreams: B on question 9
Move country back from anti-government to future business: C on question 9
1998: Rejected overthrowing Saddam as US policy: C on question 9
US must not disentangle itself from the world: C on question 9
Support NAFTA & GATT: build bridges, not walls: C on question 9
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: C on question 9
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 62 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Bill Clinton on the issues:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
DHS:Janet Napolitano

Former G.W.Bush Administration:
A.G.:John Ashcroft
State:Colin Powell
State:Condi Rice
HHS:Tommy Thompson
EPA:Christie Whitman

Former Clinton Administration:
HUD:Andrew Cuomo
Labor:Robert Reich
A.G.:Janet Reno

Former G.H.W.Bush Administration:
Labor:Liddy Dole
ED:Lamar Alexander

Past Presidents:
Pres.George W. Bush
Pres.Bill Clinton
Pres.George H.W. Bush
Pres.Ronald Reagan
Pres.Jimmy Carter
Pres.Gerald Ford
Pres.Richard Nixon
Pres.Lyndon Johnson
Pres.John F. Kennedy

Past Vice Presidents:
V.P.Dick Cheney
V.P.Al Gore
V.P.Dan Quayle


Past Elected Officials:
Gov.Jeb Bush
Gov.Howard Dean
Sen.Ted Kennedy
Gov.Sarah Palin
Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gov.Jesse Ventura

Authors/Talk Show Hosts:
Pat Buchanan
Noam Chomsky
Gov.Mike Huckabee
Arianna Huffington
Rev.Jesse Jackson
Alan Keyes
Rush Limbaugh
Ralph Nader

Business Leaders:
Mike Bloomberg
Pete Coors
Steve Forbes
Ross Perot
Howard Schultz
Donald Trump
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Jobs
Principles
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
War & Peace
Welfare


To assess the Relative Importance of each answer, observe the citation counts in the left-hand column of the table above. The AmericansElect.org quiz relative importance are the citation counts expressed as pie-chart percentages.


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