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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:

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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 9 out of 14 statements:

Abolishing state income tax would be calamitous: D on question 1
Restore pay-as-you-go for fiscal discipline: B on question 1
Base policy on broad growth and progressive taxation: D on question 1
Bush tax cuts reach 32 million in middle class: A on question 1
No excuse for special tax cuts for the rich: D on question 1
Trade a tax cut for the huge cuts in student loans: D on question 1
They’re not Bush tax cuts, they’re Democrat tax cuts: A on question 1
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: D on question 1
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: C on question 1
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: D on question 1
NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending: D on question 1
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: C on question 1
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: D on question 1
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: D on question 1
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 108 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 10 out of 14 statements:

$3B in tax credits to spur hybrid vehicle development: A on question 2
20% renewable energy by 2020: A on question 2
Drilling for oil doesn’t gain energy independence: C on question 2
ANWR won’t provide any oil for 20 years: A on question 2
Invent our way out of oil dependency-don’t drill our way out: C on question 2
Invest in advancing secure forms of energy instead of oil: A on question 2
Create new energy sources to end Mideast dependency: C on question 2
Led effort to try to raise fuel efficiency standards: A on question 2
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: A on question 2
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: A on question 2
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: A on question 2
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: A on question 2
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: A on question 2
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: C on question 2
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 108 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 7 out of 14 statements:

Find common ground to cover 11 million uninsured children: A on question 3
Fight for affordable health care for all children: A on question 3
Health care is not a privilege but a right for all: B on question 3
Lack of accessible health care is a disgrace: B on question 3
It is morally wrong to leave so many Americans uninsured: B on question 3
Start providing health insurance for every child in America: A on question 3
Catastrophic health coverage for all costs over $50,000: B on question 3
Cut $350B of bureaucracy and cover 90% of Americans: A on question 3
Cover more citizens with health plan like Congress gets: A on question 3
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: B on question 3
YES on blocking medical savings acounts: A on question 3
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: B on question 3
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: A on question 3
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: B on question 3
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 108 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 7 out of 11 statements:

Temporary workers ok, and earned amnesty ok: A on question 4
Restore immigrant benefits lost in 1996 welfare reform: A on question 4
Earned legalization for undocumented immigrants: B on question 4
Amnesty to anyone here over 5 or 6 years: B on question 4
Cover child resident aliens under Medicaid and SCHIP: A on question 4
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": A on question 4
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: A 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
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: A on question 4
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: B on question 4
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 108 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 8 out of 15 statements:

Preemptive strike must pass a global test: D on question 5
Bush is sending mixed messages to South Korea: C on question 5
Take notice of political oppression in Russia: C on question 5
America should lead by extending a hand, not a fist: D on question 5
Get US more deeply involved in Arab-Israeli peace process: D on question 5
Regrets nothing more that his 2002 vote for Iraq War: D on question 5
1998: respond militarily to Saddam's threat of WMDs: A on question 5
War in Iraq was founded & perpetuated on lies, like Vietnam: D on question 5
Supports multilateral cooperative internationalism: D on question 5
Build a rule-based global trading system: A on question 5
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: D on question 5
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: C on question 5
NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: C on question 5
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: A on question 5
YES on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: D on question 5
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 15 out of 108 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 6 out of 10 statements:

Vouchers drain resources from public schools: D on question 6
Stop viewing charter schools as threatening innovation: B on question 6
Nothing good about vouchers can’t be done in public schools: D on question 6
Nothing good about vouchers can’t be done in public schools: C on question 6
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: D on question 6
YES on national education standards: D on question 6
NO on school vouchers in DC: D on question 6
NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: C on question 6
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: B on question 6
YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects: D on question 6
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 108 statements.)

Question 7 answer B 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 'B' from 9 out of 12 statements:

The Constitution calls for same-sex partnership rights: B on question 7
Personally believes marriage is between a man & a woman: B on question 7
Defense of Marriage Act is fundamentally ugly: C on question 7
Opposes Massachusetts DOMA since there’s a federal DOMA: B on question 7
For partnership rights and civil union: B on question 7
Provide gays and lesbians with full coverage of civil rights: B on question 7
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: B on question 7
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: B on question 7
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: C on question 7
YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: B on question 7
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: B on question 7
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: C on question 7
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 108 statements.)

Question 8 answer C 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 'C' from 10 out of 21 statements:

Minority communities more likely polluted than white areas: C on question 8
Minority communities more likely polluted than white areas: C on question 8
Live by "Precautionary Principle": first, do no harm: D on question 8
Technological advances make environmental progress cheap: D on question 8
Gun owner & hunter, but rights come with responsibility: C on question 8
Make environmental justice an EPA priority: C on question 8
Safeguard the environment and grow the economy: D on question 8
End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat: D on question 8
Support UNCED Rio Declaration at 2002 conference: C on question 8
Rated 53% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: B on question 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: C on question 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: C on question 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: C on question 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: D on question 8
Sponsored ban on breeding or possessing Big Cat species: D on question 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: D on question 8
Fund projects for international conservation of cranes: D on question 8
Fund studies of invasive species and algal blooms: C on question 8
YES on continuing desert protection in California: D on question 8
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: B on question 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: C on question 8
This question weighted at 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 21 out of 108 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 3 out of 5 statements:

No nation will ever have a veto over us: B on question 9
Capitalism and democracy go hand in hand: A on question 9
Zell: Kerry voted against weapons needed for War on Terror: C on question 9
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: C on question 9
NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections: C on question 9
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 108 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: John Kerry on the issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
MA Senatorial:
Alan Khazei
Bob Underwood
Brian Herr
Brian Macdonald
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Ed O`Reilly
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
Jeff Beatty
Joe L. Kennedy
Kenneth Chase
Kevin Scott
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan
Ted Kennedy

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)
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.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.Conger(R) vs.Wehby(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Carcieri(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) 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.Stockman(R) vs.Roland(L)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Raese(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
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