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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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Jon Tester on AmericansElect Senate 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 2 out of 4 statements:

Borrow-and-spend policy puts burden on our children: A on question 1
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: A 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: 4 out of 31 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 5 out of 7 statements:

Global warming is much more rapid now than historically: C on question 2
Kyoto Accord needs worldwide communication & US leadership: A on question 2
Long-term tax credits for wind power development: A on question 2
4-point plan for getting over America’s oil addiction: A on question 2
Affordable energy first in our resource-rich state: A on question 2
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: A on question 2
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: C on question 2
This question weighted at 23% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 31 statements.)

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

Negotiate for lower prescription drug prices: A on question 3
Extend enrollment period for new Medicare: B on question 3
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: 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 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 31 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 2 out of 3 statements:

Secure borders and no amnesty for law breakers: D on question 4
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": A on question 4
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: D on question 4
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 31 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 1 out of 2 statements:

It’s time for a clear exit strategy from Iraq: D on question 5
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: C on question 5
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 31 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 2 out of 2 statements:

Public education is the backbone of our democracy: D on question 6
YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects: D on question 6
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 31 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 2 out of 2 statements:

Opposes gay marriage; but not worth amending Constitution: B on question 7
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: B on question 7
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 31 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 3 out of 5 statements:

Clean air & water are Montana’s treasured resources: D on question 8
Keep open access to public lands: D on question 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: C on question 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: D on question 8
YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: A on question 8
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 31 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 2 out of 2 statements:

NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: C on question 9
NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections: C on question 9
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 31 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Jon Tester on the issues:
MT Gubernatorial:
Brian Schweitzer
Steve Bullock
MT Senatorial:
Bob Kelleher
Champ Edmunds
Corey Stapleton
Dennis Rehberg
Kirk Bushman
Max Baucus
Michael Lange
Stan Jones

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 Vacancies 2013:
HI:Inouye(Deceased)
HI:Schatz(Appointed)
MA:Kerry(Resigned)
MA:Cowan(Appointed)
MA:Ed Markey(D,running)
MA:Gabriel Gomez(R,running)
NJ:Lautenberg(Deceased)
NJ:Chiesa(Appointed)
NJ:Booker(D,running)
NJ:Frank Pallone(D,running)
NJ:Rush Holt(D,running)
NJ:Steve Lonegan(R,running)
SC:DeMint(Resigned)
SC:Scott(Appointed)

Senate races Nov. 2014:
AK:Sessions(R) vs.(none yet)
AL:Begich(D) vs.Miller(R)
AR:Pryor(D) vs.(none yet)
CO:Udall(D) vs.(none yet)
DE:Coons(D) vs.(none yet)
GA:Gingrey(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R) vs.Kingston(R)
HI:Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D)
IA:Braley(D) vs.Whitaker(R)
ID:Risch(R) vs.(none yet)
IL:Durbin(D) vs.(none yet)

KS:Roberts(R) vs.(none yet)
KY:McConnell(R) vs.(none yet)
LA:Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R)
ME:Collins(R) vs.(none yet)
MI:Land(R) vs.Peters(D)
MN:Franken(D) vs.(none yet)
MS:Cochran(R) vs.(none yet)
MT:Edmunds(R) vs.Stapleton(R)
NC:Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R)
NE:(none yet)
NH:Shaheen(D) vs.(none yet)
NM:Udall(D) vs.(none yet)
OK:Inhofe(R) vs.(none yet)
OR:Merkley(D) vs.(none yet)
RI:Reed(D) vs.(none yet)
SC-2:Scott(R) vs.(none yet)
SC-6:Graham(R) vs.(none yet)
SD:Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D)
TN:Alexander(R) vs.(none yet)
TX:Cornyn(R) vs.(none yet)
VA:Warner(D) vs.(none yet)
WV:Capito(R) vs.(none yet)
WY:Enzi(R) vs.(none yet)
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Budget/Economy
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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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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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