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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 16 out of 18 statements:

Sequestration is not true spending cuts, just cuts in growth: A on question 1
Congress rewarded for spending; and punished for opposition: A on question 1
Adamantly opposed to 2008 bailout: A on question 1
Sales tax & tariffs ok; income tax confiscates wealth: A on question 1
Half of all Americans now receive income from other half: B on question 1
Dependent citizens have no incentive to restrain government: A on question 1
Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases: A on question 1
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: A on question 1
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: A on question 1
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: A on question 1
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: A on question 1
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: A on question 1
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: A on question 1
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: 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
NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: A on question 1
This question weighted at 27% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 67 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 6 out of 7 statements:

Global warming may not be man-made: D on question 2
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: D on question 2
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: D on question 2
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: D on question 2
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: D on question 2
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: D on question 2
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: B on question 2
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 67 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 4 out of 8 statements:

ObamaCare: a byzantine network of 159 federal programs: D on question 3
Choice of affordable plans; keep from job to job: C on question 3
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: D on question 3
Repeal any federal health care takeover: D on question 3
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: D on question 3
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: C 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 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 67 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 7 out of 8 statements:

2007: Led effort to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants: D on question 4
2007: Led effort to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants: D on question 4
Declared English the official language of the US: D on question 4
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": 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
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: D on question 4
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 67 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 2 out of 3 statements:

YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: B on question 5
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: A on question 5
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: A on question 5
This question weighted at 4% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 67 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 7 out of 9 statements:

Vouchers lead to competition, not re-segregation: A on question 6
Devolve education to states without abolishing Department: A on question 6
Parents are trapped unless they can afford private school: A on question 6
Apply faith; education is not government responsibility: A on question 6
A-PLUS Act: step away from federal control via school choice: A on question 6
$5,000 per-student voucher to create private investment: A on question 6
Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: 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 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 67 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 7 statements:

Gay marriage considered immoral by all the world's religions: A on question 7
Ban openly gay teachers from public schools: A on question 7
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: A on question 7
Supports banning homosexuals in the military: A on question 7
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: A on question 7
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: A on question 7
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: A on question 7
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 67 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 2 out of 2 statements:

Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: A on question 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: A on question 8
This question weighted at 3% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 67 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 7 out of 9 statements:

America is the example; spend to establish freedom abroad: B on question 9
Stupid not to tax imports from foreign countries: B on question 9
Primary responsibility of government funding is defense: B on question 9
Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill: A on question 9
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: C on question 9
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: B on question 9
YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops: B on question 9
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: B on question 9
YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections: B on question 9
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 67 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Jim DeMint on the issues:
SC Gubernatorial:
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SC Senatorial:
Alvin Greene
Bob Conley
Jay Stamper
Joyce Dickerson
Lee Bright
Lindsey Graham
Mark McBride
Michael Cone
Mullins McLeod
Nancy Mace
Rick Wade
Tim Scott

Retiring in 2014 election:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

Retired as of Jan. 2013:
AZ:Kyl(R)
CT:Lieberman(D)
HI:Akaka(D)
ND:Conrad(D)
NM:Bingaman(D)
TX:Hutchison(R)
VA:Webb(D)
WI:Kohl(D)
Senate Retirements 2014:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
OK:Coburn(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

Senate races Nov. 2014:
AK: Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AL: Sessions(R,unopposed)
AR: Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R)
CO: Udall(D) vs.Gardner(R) vs.Baumgardner(R) vs.Buck(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Stephens(R)
DE: Coons(D) vs.O`Donnell(R)
GA: Gingrey(R) vs.Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R) vs.Kingston(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R)
IA: Braley(D) vs.Whitaker(R) vs.Ernst(R) vs.Clovis(R)
ID: Risch(R) vs.Mitchell(D)
IL: Durbin(D) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L) vs.Truax(R)
KS: Roberts(R) vs.Tiahrt(R) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Taylor(D) vs.Sebelius(D)
KY: McConnell(R) vs.Bevin(R) vs.Grimes(D)
LA: Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
MA: Markey(D) vs.Herr(R) vs.Skarin(I) vs.Gomez(R)
ME: Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MI: Land(R) vs.Peters(D) vs.Wiedenhoeft(R)
MN: Franken(D) vs.McFadden(R) vs.Abeler(R) vs.Ortman(R)
MS: Cochran(R) vs.McDaniel(R) vs.Childers(D)
MT: Walsh(D) vs.Bohlinger(D) vs.Daines(R) vs.Edmunds(R)
NC: Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R)
NE: Sasse(R) vs.Domina(D) vs.Osborn(R)
NH: Shaheen(D) vs.Martin(R) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R)
NJ: Booker(D) vs.Sabrin(R) vs.Lonegan(R)
NM: Udall(D) vs.Weh(R) vs.Clements(R)
OK-2: Shannon(R) vs.Lankford(R)
OK-6: Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR: Merkley(D) vs.Wehby(R) vs.Conger(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Carcieri(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) vs.Dickerson(D) vs.Wade(D)
SC-6: Graham(R) vs.Stamper(D) vs.Mace(R) vs.Bright(R)
SD: Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I)
TN: Alexander(R) vs.Carr(R)
TX: Cornyn(R) vs.Alameel(D) vs.Roland(L) vs.Stockman(R)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.Raese(R) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Campaign Finance
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Gay Issues
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Iraq/Mideast
Infrastructure
Jobs/Farming
Medicare/Rx
Principles
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
War/Peace
Welfare/Poverty

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