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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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Rick Santorum on AmericansElect.org Quiz

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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 10 out of 12 statements:

TARP was biggest government intrusion into private sector: A on question 1
Cut all corporate tax rates to zero: A on question 1
Cut the corporate tax to zero, to create jobs: A on question 1
Govt has averaged 18% of GDP and we're now at 25%: B on question 1
Stopping debt ceiling increase is showmanship not leadership: A on question 1
Cut corporate tax rate to zero & jobs will come back: A on question 1
Changing estate tax would cost $100B, not save $730B: A on question 1
Support time-limits for able-bodied welfare recipients: A on question 1
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: A on question 1
YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: A on question 1
YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending: A on question 1
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: B on question 1
This question weighted at 20% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 61 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 4 out of 5 statements:

Sagging economy caused by stop sign on oil drilling: D on question 2
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: D on question 2
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: D on question 2
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: A on question 2
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: D on question 2
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 61 statements.)

Question 3 answer D 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 'D' from 6 out of 7 statements:

Liberal states won't waive ObamaCare; we must repeal it: D on question 3
Private sector insurance works, even for Medicare: D on question 3
Mandatory inoculations of children is wrong: D on question 3
If we let states mandate insurance, sterilization is ok too: D on question 3
First Executive Order: suspend ObamaCare: D on question 3
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: C on question 3
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: D on question 3
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 61 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 8 out of 9 statements:

No in-state tuition for illegal immigrants: D on question 4
Finish the border fence; make English the official language: D on question 4
No tricks like 1986; secure the border first: D on question 4
No promises & no government benefits to immigrants: D on question 4
No benefits for illegal immigrants: D on question 4
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: C on question 4
NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: D on question 4
NO on establishing a Guest Worker program: D on question 4
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: D on question 4
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 61 statements.)

Question 5 answer A 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 'A' from 7 out of 10 statements:

Deal with Musharraf in Pakistan in advance of trouble: A on question 5
We need 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq to achieve victory: A on question 5
Jihadists want to kill us for what we are: A on question 5
No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong: B on question 5
Terrorism is an asymmetric threat; we need worldwide bases: A on question 5
War against Islamic fascism will be won or lost in America: A on question 5
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: C on question 5
YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: B on question 5
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: A on question 5
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: A on question 5
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 61 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 5 out of 6 statements:

Our education system doesn't serve the customer: A on question 6
Rich people already have school choice; give it to the poor: A on question 6
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: A on question 6
YES on school vouchers in DC: A on question 6
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: A on question 6
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: C on question 6
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 61 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 7 out of 8 statements:

No polygamy; no gay marriage: A on question 7
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; punish behavior: A on question 7
Same-sex marriage is unprecedented social revolution: A on question 7
Marriage Protection Amendment is last resort, but needed: A on question 7
Homosexual orientation ok; but homosexual act are sodomy: B on question 7
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: A on question 7
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: A on question 7
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: A on question 7
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 61 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 1 out of 3 statements:

Nature is a subtle web of intricate connections: D on question 8
Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: A on question 8
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: C on question 8
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 61 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 1 out of 1 statements:

No apologies for past American interventions in Iran: B on question 9
This question weighted at 2% importance.
(Relative importance: 1 out of 61 statements.)

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