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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 9 out of 13 statements:

The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it: B on question 1
Government not serious about controlling spending: A on question 1
Larger government is not a solution for economy: A on question 1
Put defense spending on the table for reducing budget: A on question 1
Opposed to increasing taxes during recession: A on question 1
No federal bailouts of private industry: B on question 1
Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing: A on question 1
Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates: A on question 1
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: A on question 1
Sponsored bill increasing debt limit to $16.7 trillion: C on question 1
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: A on question 1
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: A on question 1
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: B on question 1
This question weighted at 37% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 35 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 4 out of 6 statements:

Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions: D on question 2
Energy crisis stems from too much government intervention: B on question 2
Supports renewable energy tax credits: A on question 2
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: D on question 2
Let states lease energy rights on federal lands: D on question 2
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: D on question 2
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 35 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 5 out of 9 statements:

ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four: C on question 3
ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court: C on question 3
Restrain ObamaCare from using Commerce Clause: C on question 3
Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%: D on question 3
Replace over-regulation with free market principles: D on question 3
Opposes government-run healthcare: D 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
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: B on question 3
This question weighted at 26% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 35 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 1 out of 2 statements:

Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants: B on question 4
No amnesty; respect the law: D on question 4
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 35 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 4 statements:

Opposed to Iraq War; no direct threat & no declared war: C on question 5
Exit the UN; maintain US sovereignty: A on question 5
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: A on question 5
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: B on question 5
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 35 statements.)

Question 6 answer B 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 'B' from 1 out of 1 statements:

Support homeschooling and parental responsibility: B on question 6
This question weighted at 3% importance.
(Relative importance: 1 out of 35 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 4 out of 6 statements:

Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems: A on question 7
No national law on same-sex marriage; leave it to states: C on question 7
Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it: B on question 7
Opposes same-sex marriage: 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
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 35 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 3 statements:

EPA regulations cost $15 trillion in 2012: A on question 8
Unelected EPA should not regulate greenhouse emissions: B on question 8
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: A on question 8
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 35 statements.)

Question 9 answer A 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 'A' from 4 out of 7 statements:

NSA monitoring is an affront to 1776 sons of liberty: A on question 9
We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have: A on question 9
America's exceptionalism is notion that all should be free: A on question 9
Treat armed service members like heroes: B on question 9
Defense policy is influenced by the makers of weapons: C on question 9
Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill: A on question 9
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: C on question 9
This question weighted at 20% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 35 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Rand Paul on the issues:
KY Gubernatorial:
Steve Beshear
KY Senatorial:
Alison Grimes
Dan Mongiardo
James Buckmaster
Jim Bunning
Lois Combs Weinberg
Matt Bevin
Mitch McConnell
Trey Grayson

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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Budget/Economy
Campaign Finance
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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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