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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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Joseph Lieberman on AmericansElect Senate Quiz

 



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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 7 out of 10 statements:

Tax the richest 2% to pay for a tax cut to the other 98%: D on question 1
Repeal Bush tax cuts on highest income Americans: D on question 1
Biennial budget makes sense, allows better review: B 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 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 99 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 9 out of 12 statements:

Accept some American responsibility for global warming: A on question 2
Declaration of Energy Independence: C on question 2
Raise mileage standard to 40 mpg: A on question 2
Kyoto Protocol should include China: A on question 2
Clean Energy: deregulate electricity & reduce pollutants: C on question 2
Climate change is bilingual, for business & for enviros: 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 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 99 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 4 out of 10 statements:

National health insurance pool-free for poor and children: A on question 3
Return taxes to Clinton-era rates to improve health care: B on question 3
No more big-spending health plans: D on question 3
Supports health insurance industry (based in Hartford CT): D on question 3
Limited lawsuits against HMOs and automakers: C 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 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 99 statements.)

Question 4 answer B 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 'B' from 5 out of 11 statements:

Now it’s too easy to come in across our border: D on question 4
Earn citizenship only after 11 years of waiting within rules: C on question 4
One-time earned legalization for undocumented immigrants: B on question 4
Allow driver’s license for immigrants: B on question 4
Make sure immigrants are treated fairly: B on question 4
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": A 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
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 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 99 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 10 out of 13 statements:

Adopt an international Marshall Plan for the Muslim world: D on question 5
Overthrowing Saddam was right, and we can’t abandon Iraq now: A on question 5
Getting out too soon will be a disaster for Iraq and for us: A on question 5
We made the right decision to send soldiers to Iraq: A on question 5
US and world are safer with homicidal maniac Saddam gone: A on question 5
Stabilize Iraq before pulling out the troops: A on question 5
Not an inch of difference from Bush on Iraq: A on question 5
Iraq was a heroic struggle against enemies of civilization: A on question 5
Build a rule-based global trading system: A 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
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: A on question 5
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 99 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 4 out of 14 statements:

More funding & more local responsibility for public schools: C on question 6
Supports vouchers that don’t take money from public schools: B on question 6
Support public school choice; experiment with private choice: A on question 6
Keep vouchers out of reforms, so reforms can get done: C on question 6
Would advocate vouchers privately, but support Gore publicly: B on question 6
Supports charter schools, private education savings accounts: B on question 6
Choice won’t “ruin” schools; they’re already in ruins: A on question 6
Voted for vouchers; against block grants: A on question 6
Rated 86% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: D on question 6
YES on national education standards: D on question 6
YES on school vouchers in DC: A 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 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 99 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 5 out of 8 statements:

Opposes laws against gay sex & sodomy; focus on real crime: C on question 7
For gay equal employment; against gay marriage: B on question 7
Expand “Hate Crimes” to include women, gays, and disabled: C 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
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 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 99 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 14 out of 22 statements:

Enforce existing laws & reduce threats to air & water: D on question 8
Religion is the foundation of environmentalism: D on question 8
Continue strong commitment to clean air, water, land: D on question 8
Strengthen CAA; protect ANWR; create more national parks: D on question 8
Invest $2.5B in open space preservation: D on question 8
$85M over 5 years for brownfield re-development: D on question 8
$85M over 5 years for brownfield re-development: 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 42% 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
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: D on question 8
Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act: C on question 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: 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
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: D on question 8
Establish an International Conservation Strategy: D on question 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: D 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 22% importance.
(Relative importance: 22 out of 99 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 4 out of 7 statements:

Right-size the military with Servicemembers Bill of Rights: B on question 9
American military is best in the world; and has proven it: B on question 9
$87B to never leave American troops without support: B on question 9
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: C on question 9
Seeds of Peace: promote coexistence in regions of conflict: C on question 9
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: B on question 9
NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections: C on question 9
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 99 statements.)

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David Walker
Tom Foley
CT Senatorial:
Alan Schlesinger
Chris Dodd
Chris Murphy
Christopher Shays
Linda McMahon
Ned Lamont
Richard Blumenthal
Susan Bysiewicz

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)
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