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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 D 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 'D' from 5 out of 7 statements:

Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion: C on question 1
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: D on question 1
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: D on question 1
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: D on question 1
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: A on question 1
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: D on question 1
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: D on question 1
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 52 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 7 out of 7 statements:

Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: A on question 2
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: A on question 2
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: A on question 2
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: A on question 2
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: A on question 2
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: A on question 2
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: A on question 2
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 52 statements.)

Question 3 answer B 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 'B' from 4 out of 6 statements:

Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction: B on question 3
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: A on question 3
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: B on question 3
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: A on question 3
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: B on question 3
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: B on question 3
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 52 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 3 statements:

Let illegal alien children attend school: A on question 4
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: A on question 4
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: A on question 4
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 52 statements.)

Question 5 answer C 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 'C' from 3 out of 5 statements:

Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011: D on question 5
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: C on question 5
NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: C on question 5
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: D on question 5
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: C on question 5
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 52 statements.)

Question 6 answer C 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 'C' from 2 out of 3 statements:

Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: D on question 6
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: C on question 6
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: C on question 6
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 52 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 6 out of 8 statements:

ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: B on question 7
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: B on question 7
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: C on question 7
Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees: B on question 7
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC: B on question 7
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: C on question 7
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: B on question 7
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: B on question 7
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 52 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 7 out of 11 statements:

Remove PCBs from Hudson River by dredging 200 miles: C on question 8
Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands: D on question 8
Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: D on question 8
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: D on question 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: C on question 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: C on question 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: C on question 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: D on question 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: D on question 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: D on question 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: D on question 8
This question weighted at 21% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 52 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 3 statements:

NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: C on question 9
NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops: C on question 9
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: C on question 9
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 52 statements.)

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Andrew Cuomo
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NY Senatorial:
Bob Turner
Charles Schumer
Colia Clark
David McReynolds
Gary Bernsten
George Maragos
Harold Ford
Howie Hawkins
Jay Townsend
Jeanine Pirro
Joe DioGuardi
John Spencer
Kirsten Gillibrand
KT McFarland
Scott Noren
Wendy Long

Lame-duck session 2012:
KY-4: Thomas Massie(R)
MI-11:Dave Curson(D)
NJ-9: Donald Payne Jr.(D)
WA-1: Suzan DelBene(D)

Re-seated Former Reps:
AZ-1: Ann Kirkpatrick(D)
AZ-5: Matt Salmon(R)
FL-8: Alan Grayson(D)
IL-11:Bill Foster(D)
NH-1: Carol Shea-Porter(D)
NV-3: Dina Titus(D)
NY-24:Dan Maffei(D)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)

2013 Resignations and Replacements:
AL-1:Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
IL-2:Jesse Louis Jackson(D,resigned)
IL-2:Robin Kelly(D)
MA-5:Ed Markey(D,to Senate)
MA-8:Stephen Lynch(D)
MO-8:Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
MO-8:Jason Smith(R,elected June 2013)
SC-1:Tim Scott(R,resigned)
SC-1:Mark Sanford(R)
SC-1:Elizabeth Colbert-Busch(D)
Newly-elected Democrats:
AZ-9: Kyrsten Sinema
CA-2: Jared Huffman
CA-7: Ami Bera
CA-15:Eric Swalwell
CA-24:Julia Brownley
CA-29:Tony Cardenas
CA-35:Gloria Negrete McLeod
CA-36:Raul Ruiz
CA-41:Mark Takano
CA-47:Alan Lowenthal
CA-51:Juan Vargas
CA-52:Scott Peters
CT-5: Elizabeth Esty
FL-18:Patrick Murphy
FL-22:Lois Frankel
FL-26:Joe Garcia
HI-2: Tulsi Gabbard
IL-8: Tammy Duckworth
IL-10:Brad Schneider
IL-12:Bill Enyart
IL-17:Cheri Bustos
MD-6: John Delaney
MA-4: Joe Kennedy III
MI-5: Dan Kildee
MN-8: Rick Nolan
NV-4: Steven Horsford
NH-2: Annie Kuster
NM-1: Michelle Lujan-Grisham
NY-5: Grace Meng
NY-10:Hakeem Jeffries
NY-18:Sean Maloney
OH-10:Joyce Beatty
PA-17:Matt Cartwright
TX-16:Beto O`Rourke
TX-20:Joaquin Castro
TX-23:Pete Gallego
TX-33:Marc Veasey
TX-34:Filemon Vela
WA-6: Derek Kilmer
WA-10:Denny Heck
WI-2: Mark Pocan
Newly-elected Republicans:
AR-4: Tom Cotton
CA-1: Doug LaMalfa
CA-21:David Valadao
CA-41:Paul Cook
FL-3: Ted Yoho
FL-6: Ron DeSantis
FL-19:Trey Radel
GA-9: Doug Collins
IL-15:Rodney Davis
IN-2: Jackie Walorski
IN-5: Susan Brooks
IN-6: Luke Messer
KY-6: Andy Barr
MI-11:Kerry Bentivolio
MO-2: Ann Wagner
MT-0: Steve Daines
NY-26:Chris Collins
NC-8: Richard Hudson
NC-9: Robert Pittenger
NC-11:Mark Meadows
NC-13:George Holding
ND-0: Kevin Cramer
OH-2: Brad Wenstrup
OH-14:Dave Joyce
OK-1: Jim Bridenstine
OK-2: Markwayne Mullin
PA-4: Scott Perry
PA-12:Keith Rothfus
SC-7: Tom Rice
TX-14:Randy Weber
TX-25:Roger Williams
UT-2: Chris Stewart
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