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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 4 out of 5 statements:

Stop tax cuts and start dealing with real problems: D on question 1
Put meat in the process of progressive taxation: D on question 1
Allow citizen lawsuits for waste in govt spending: A on question 1
Focus on under-taxation of corporations, not income tax: D on question 1
Against flat tax; keep progressivity: D on question 1
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 48 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 5 out of 6 statements:

It is time to break our addiction to fossil fuels: A on question 2
End subsidies of entrenched oil, nuclear, & coal interests: A on question 2
Drilling Alaska is a temporary fix for an inebriated system: C on question 2
More renewables & more efficency to stave off global warming: A on question 2
Raise CAFE standards; treat SUVs like cars: A on question 2
Motor vehicles are the greatest environmental hazard: A on question 2
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 48 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 5 out of 6 statements:

Billing fraud and abuse costs $200B: C on question 3
Single-payer health care plan over for-profit care: A on question 3
3.5% payroll tax to fund universal healthcare: A on question 3
Cradle-to-grave health care better than Clinton’s plan: A on question 3
Use Canadian system as a model for US: A on question 3
Health care is a universal human right: A on question 3
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 48 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 2 out of 4 statements:

Migrant workers are exploited; crack down on employers: C on question 4
H1B visas in US cause “brain drain” in Third World: D on question 4
Immigrants don’t come for welfare; restore safety net: A on question 4
Don’t blame immigrants for social and economic problems: A on question 4
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 48 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 3 out of 4 statements:

Rapid and responsible withdrawal of US military from Iraq: D on question 5
Bush should never have invaded Iraq: D on question 5
Restrict IMF power, or abolish it: B on question 5
Assist Russia & Israel in moving towards better governments: D on question 5
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 48 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 1 out of 2 statements:

Invest in K-12 education; that will reduce poverty: D on question 6
Support choice within public schools: C on question 6
This question weighted at 4% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 48 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 2 out of 3 statements:

Get rid of gay discrimination fully, not halfway: C on question 7
Nader supports gay marriage; but gay groups support Gore: C on question 7
Supports Civil Union in Vermont and elsewhere: B on question 7
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 48 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 5 out of 6 statements:

Instrumental in establishing EPA, CAA, and CWA: D on question 8
End all commercial logging in National Forests: D on question 8
More funds to maintain National Park system: D on question 8
Ridiculous to sell public land for corporate gold mining: D on question 8
Microsoft is anticompetitive and anticonsumer: C on question 8
WTO’s “trade uber alles” hurts environment, health, & safety: D on question 8
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 48 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 7 out of 14 statements:

In anti-globalization book, “The Case Against Free Trade”: B on question 9
WTO makes trade supreme over labor, environment & consumers: B on question 9
Half of federal budget is now military spending: C on question 9
Corporate activity destroys the third world: C on question 9
Cut defense budget by $62B by reducing waste & fraud: C on question 9
Renegotiate NAFTA & WTO “as if human beings mattered”: B on question 9
Redefine national purpose to solve Third World scourges: C on question 9
Stop spending on unneeded weapons & non-existent enemies: C on question 9
Cut defense budget by $100B; time to demobilize: C on question 9
Forever an optimist to improve society: C on question 9
Primary architect of Freedom of Information Act: A on question 9
Globalization is a betrayal of workers and environment: B on question 9
Global trade concentrates power & homogenizes the globe: B on question 9
Multinational corporations challenge democracy: B on question 9
This question weighted at 29% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 48 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Ralph Nader 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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