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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.
OnTheIssuesLogo Rick Perry

Rick Perry on AmericansElect.org Quiz

Republican Governor (TX)



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Question 1 answer A 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 'A' from 8 out of 11 statements:

Focus on maximizing wages, not the minimum wage: B on question 1
Entitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them: A on question 1
Don't trade tax increases for spending cuts; BBA instead: A on question 1
People are tired of spending on programs we don't want: A on question 1
Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night: B on question 1
Balance our budget without raising taxes: A on question 1
Give taxes dose of accountability, transparency & restraint: B on question 1
Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending: A on question 1
Priorities: education; transportation; border; e-government: A on question 1
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: A on question 1
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: A on question 1
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 65 statements.)

Question 2 answer D 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 'D' from 3 out of 5 statements:

Defend Keystone XL and other oil & gas exploration: D on question 2
Put 1.2 million Americans to work in domestic energy: B on question 2
Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science: D on question 2
$5,000 incentive for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles: A on question 2
Manmade global warming: "It's-All-Our-Fault" theory: D on question 2
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 65 statements.)

Question 3 answer C 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 'C' from 9 out of 21 statements:

ObamaCare is an abomination for this country: D on question 3
States innovate on healthcare; feds are one-size-fits-all: D on question 3
States innovate on healthcare; feds are one-size-fits-all: C on question 3
We're proud of Texas health system; let Texas decide rules: B on question 3
I made a mistake on using Executive Order for HPV: C on question 3
RomneyCare OK for MA, but not for TX nor US: C on question 3
Individual mandate just won't work: C on question 3
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: C on question 3
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: C on question 3
TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse: C on question 3
I hate cancer; inoculate girls against HPV: B on question 3
Require 6th graders to receive STD vaccination: B on question 3
ObamaCare is a trainwreck of a plan: D on question 3
Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough": D on question 3
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: D on question 3
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: D on question 3
The future of America depends on repealing ObamaCare: D on question 3
Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits: C on question 3
Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care: B on question 3
Opposes government-run healthcare: D on question 3
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: C on question 3
This question weighted at 32% importance.
(Relative importance: 21 out of 65 statements.)

Question 4 answer D 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 'D' from 9 out of 18 statements:

Aviation assets 24/7 all the way from Tijuana to Texas: D on question 4
All-of-the-above approach to resources to defend our border: D on question 4
No comprehensive immigration reform until border is secure: D on question 4
Illegal immigrants have committed 3,000 homicides: D on question 4
Secure the border to end Central American kids' crisis: C on question 4
Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?: C on question 4
You don't have a heart if you don't educate immigrant kids: A on question 4
A 2000-mile fence makes no sense; need boots on the ground: C on question 4
Let illegals contribute to society & pursue citizenship: A on question 4
Secure the Mexican border against drug cartels: C on question 4
Illegal immigration cost TX $928M in one year: D on question 4
End the notion of sanctuary cities: D on question 4
End the notion of sanctuary cities: C on question 4
$100 million investment in a more secure border: D on question 4
If Washington refuses to enforce the border, Texas will: D on question 4
Failed federal responsibility to secure the border: C on question 4
Discounted in-state tuition regardless of immigration status: C on question 4
El Paso border is not safe until we have boots on the ground: D on question 4
This question weighted at 28% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 65 statements.)

Question 5 answer B 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 'B' from 2 out of 3 statements:

We can't isolate ourselves within our shores; we must engage: C on question 5
Transition out of Afghanistan but keep non-military presence: B on question 5
Secure freedom for oppressed people in Iraq and Afghanistan: B on question 5
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 65 statements.)

Question 6 answer A 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 'A' from 8 out of 9 statements:

Promote school choice all across this country: A on question 6
Choose from mix of public, charter & private schools: A on question 6
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: A on question 6
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: A on question 6
No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached: A on question 6
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: A on question 6
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: A on question 6
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: B on question 6
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: A on question 6
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 65 statements.)

Question 7 answer A 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 'A' from 5 out of 7 statements:

Would attend same-sex marriage of a family member: B on question 7
Supported anti-sodomy laws; opposes gay marriage: A on question 7
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: A on question 7
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: B on question 7
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: A on question 7
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: A on question 7
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: A on question 7
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 65 statements.)

Question 8 answer B 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 'B' from 4 out of 8 statements:
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 65 statements.)

Question 9 answer B 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 'B' from 4 out of 6 statements:

China will end up on the ash heap of history, like USSR: B on question 9
Make Washington inconsequential in your lives: A on question 9
America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism: A on question 9
US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude: B on question 9
Take back America: Stand up and lead: B on question 9
America is great; Washington is broken: B on question 9
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 65 statements.)

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