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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 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 5 out of 9 statements:

Stimulate economy in places where people are in need: C on question 1
Rein in out-of-control spending and balance the budget: B on question 1
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: 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
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: A on question 1
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: D on question 1
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 69 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 4 out of 7 statements:

New wind energy projects; make KS the Renewable State: A on question 2
Energy security: drill every place you can find resources: D on question 2
Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit: A on question 2
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: A 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 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 69 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 12 statements:

Expand Health Savings Accounts: C on question 3
Market-based solution over socialized government-pay system: D on question 3
Market-based solution over socialized government-pay system: D on question 3
Supports competitive marketplace with price transparency: D on question 3
Supports Health Savings Accounts, not government control: C on question 3
Supports Health Savings Accounts, not government control: D on question 3
No new paths to citizenship, but reform bill ok if enforced: B on question 3
Opposes government-run healthcare: D on question 3
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: C on question 3
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: D on question 3
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: C on question 3
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: C on question 3
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 69 statements.)

Question 4 answer C 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 'C' from 5 out of 14 statements:

Push enforcement at the worksite: C on question 4
Oppose amnesty, but guest worker program ok: B on question 4
Oppose amnesty, but guest worker program ok: C on question 4
Balance principles: nation of laws vs. compassionate society: B on question 4
Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization: C on question 4
Increase legal immigrants & build a fence on Mexican border: D on question 4
Raise the number of legal immigrants over time: B on question 4
Raise the number of legal immigrants over time: B on question 4
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": C on question 4
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: C on question 4
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: A on question 4
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: B on question 4
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: D on question 4
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: D on question 4
This question weighted at 20% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 69 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 8 out of 13 statements:

No Palestinian state, even after ten years of peace: A on question 5
Monitor the eradication of legal slavery in Sudan: B on question 5
Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty: A on question 5
China trade very contingent on human rights & product safety: B on question 5
Be realistic about pushing democracy, or we get radicals: B on question 5
We need a political surge to match the military surge: A on question 5
Seeing some improvement, and surge not fully deployed yet: A on question 5
Long-term presence or Iraq devolves into terrorist state: A on question 5
Cut in half the anti-malaria budget for Africa: 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 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 69 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 3 out of 5 statements:

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
NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects: B on question 6
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 69 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 8 out of 9 statements:

Defend traditional marriage: A on question 7
Opposes “hate crimes” legislation: A on question 7
No “sexual orientation” in Employment Non-Discrimination Act: B on question 7
Ban gay marriage--it’s a vast social experiment: A on question 7
Ban gay marriage--it’s a vast social experiment: A on question 7
Supports marriage as the union of a man and a woman: A on question 7
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: 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: 9 out of 69 statements.)

Question 8 answer A 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 'A' from 4 out of 9 statements:
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 69 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 1 out of 1 statements:

One of Senate’s most consistent supporters of free trade: C on question 9
This question weighted at 1% importance.
(Relative importance: 1 out of 69 statements.)

Other governors' VoteMatch: Sam Brownback on the issues:

KS Senatorial:
Chad Taylor
Jerry Moran
Joe Bellis
Lisa Johnston
Milton Wolf
Pat Roberts
Todd Tiahrt

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Abercrombie(D) vs.Aiona(R)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Boren(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Local Issues
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry
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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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