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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:

We list below summaries of one public figures's issue stances related to each topic, and which AmericansElect.org quiz answer each issue stance indicates. Click on the quiz answer link to see the full original excerpt and citations.
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Question 1 answer B 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 'B' from 4 out of 6 statements:

Balanced 5 state budgets; priority to balance federal budget: B on question 1
End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%: D on question 1
Balanced Budget Amendment to address $9 trillion debt: B on question 1
Constitutionally require balanced budget & fiscal discipline: B on question 1
Replace Bush tax cuts with cuts for middle class: D on question 1
Supports Balanced Budget Amendment: B on question 1
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 60 statements.)

Question 2 answer A on Energy:

When you think about Americaís 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 10 out of 12 statements:

Green Jobs Cabinet: lead renewable energy export: A on question 2
Green Jobs Cabinet: build aggressive clean energy strategy: A on question 2
About time we got Saudis to increase production: B on question 2
Windfall profit tax to shift obscene profits from Exxon: A on question 2
New oil refineries and nuclear plants ok, if done right: D on question 2
30% renewable sources in our electricity by 2020: A on question 2
Recommends 90% GHG reduction to IPCC: A on question 2
Invest in bike lanes & commuter bike facilities: A on question 2
Bush wonít follow the Kyoto treaty, but my state does: A on question 2
Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel: A on question 2
50 mpg efficiency and 30% renewable electricity: A on question 2
$6M for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies: A on question 2
This question weighted at 20% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 60 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 4 out of 5 statements:

Shift Medicaid costs back from states to federal: A on question 3
Affordable access to healthcare for all New Mexicans: A on question 3
New Mexico Cares: invest in our health: A on question 3
Supports managed competition & medical savings accounts: C on question 3
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: A on question 3
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 60 statements.)

Question 4 answer B 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 'B' from 5 out of 8 statements:

Allowed giving driverís licenses to illegal immigrants: B on question 4
Border wall is horrendous example of misguided policy: A on question 4
McCain-Kennedy bill is not amnesty; it has strong standards: B on question 4
The 2007 immigration bill is not an amnesty bill: B on question 4
Declared state of emergency on Mexican border: D on question 4
Path to legalization if illegals pay taxes & learn English: B on question 4
Reduce immigration; no automatic citizenship for kids: D on question 4
Guarantee human services to illegal immigrants: B on question 4
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 60 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 7 out of 7 statements:

Surge failing politically, even if reducing violence: D on question 5
At UN,embraced Clintonís vision of international cooperation: D on question 5
Ignoring Nuclear Test Ban creates world distrust: D on question 5
The New Realism: end policy based on unilateralist illusions: D on question 5
Being stubborn isnít a foreign policy--diplomacy is: D on question 5
Withdrawing from Iraq lets real peace & reconciliation begin: D on question 5
Stop funding for Iraq war-it is a disaster and must end: D on question 5
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 60 statements.)

Question 6 answer D 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 'D' from 2 out of 5 statements:

Scrap No Child Left Behind; it doesnít work: C on question 6
Help failing schools; donít penalize by defunding them: D on question 6
Charter schools show tremendous promise: B on question 6
No vouchers: they abandon public schools: D on question 6
Provide parents with vouchers, even for religious schools: A on question 6
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 60 statements.)

Question 7 answer C 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 'C' from 4 out of 8 statements:

Voted for DOMA, but now regrets vote; repeal it: C on question 7
The country isnít there yet on gay marriage: B on question 7
Homosexuality is a choice, but itís not an issue of science: B on question 7
Full civil unions with full marriage rights: C on question 7
For hate crimes law, domestic partnerships, civil unions: B on question 7
Let gay and lesbian servicemembers serve openly: C on question 7
Added sexual orientation & gender identity as NM civil right: C on question 7
Voted for federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996: B on question 7
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 60 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 4 out of 4 statements:

Enforce labor & environmental standards & job safety: D on question 8
Require renewable technologies and ask for conservation: D on question 8
Expand and create new state parks: D on question 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: D on question 8
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 60 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 3 out of 5 statements:

US can inspire world with sacrifice instead of arrogance: C on question 9
Spend $250K annually to fight base closures: B on question 9
Homeland Security Department at federal AND state level: B on question 9
Supports NAFTA, GATT, & WTO: C on question 9
Eliminate funding for SDI: C on question 9
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 60 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Bill Richardson 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 Presidential Contenders:
Ralph Nader
Pat Buchanan
Bob Dole
Bill Bradley

Past Elected Officials:
Gov.Jeb Bush
Gov.Howard Dean
Sen.Bill Frist
Sen.Jim Jeffords
Sen.Ted Kennedy
Gov.Sarah Palin
Gov.Tim Pawlenty
Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gov.Jesse Ventura

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

Business Leaders:
Mike Bloomberg
Pete Coors
Steve Forbes
Ross Perot
Howard Schultz
Donald Trump
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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

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