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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 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 17 out of 18 statements:

We spend $1.5T on wars; start by cutting there: A on question 1
You don't "pay for" tax cuts; they give people's money back: A on question 1
Country is bankrupt & we can't keep spending: A on question 1
Disastrous tax code contributes to underground economy: A on question 1
Repeal 16th Amendment and get rid of the income tax: A on question 1
Economic stimulus ok, but not via spending & printing money: A on question 1
Get rid of IRS; get rid of income tax; get rid of spending: A on question 1
Canít legislate economic fairness; so make government small: A on question 1
Prioritize spending based on Constitution--and lower it too: A on question 1
Wasteful government spending backed by both parties: A 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
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 $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: A on question 1
NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: A on question 1
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 120 statements.)

Question 2 answer D on Energy:

When you think about Americaís 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 7 out of 8 statements:

Absurd to let global bureaucrats try to manipulate climate: D on question 2
Repeal weatherization assistance for low-income persons: D on question 2
No EPA regulation of greenhouse gases: B on question 2
NO on tax incentives for renewable energy: 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
NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: D on question 2
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: D on question 2
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 121 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 12 out of 18 statements:

Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws: D on question 3
Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine: D on question 3
States CAN mandate insurance, but it's a bad idea: C on question 3
Let people opt out of Medicare: C on question 3
Replace Medicaid with volunteer pro-bono medical care: D on question 3
Private medical savings accounts, not government meddling: D on question 3
Insurance companies & govít make healthcare unaffordable: D on question 3
Socialized medicine wonít work; nor managed care: D on question 3
Managed care is expensive and hasnít worked: D on question 3
Not governmentís role to protect people like Terri Schiavo: D on question 3
Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage: D on question 3
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law: D on question 3
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: C on question 3
NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: C on question 3
YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: D on question 3
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: D on question 3
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: C on question 3
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: C on question 3
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 121 statements.)

Question 4 answer C 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 'C' from 6 out of 12 statements:

Data banks for illegal aliens keep track of us too: A on question 4
ID cards and border fences are not the American way: A on question 4
Let churches provide services for immigrants, not state: C on question 4
Give illegals limbo status: a green card with an asterisk: C on question 4
Sending 12M illegals home won't & shouldn't happen: C on question 4
Amend Constitution to remove aliensí birthright citizenship: C on question 4
No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegals: C on question 4
No amnesty, but border fence isnít so important: C on question 4
End all incentives and amnesty for illegal immigrants: D on question 4
Declare English as the official language of the US: D on question 4
YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: D on question 4
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: D on question 4
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 121 statements.)

Question 5 answer C 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 'C' from 10 out of 25 statements:

Out of Iraq; stay out of Libya; stop bombing Yemen: C on question 5
Foreign aid wastes billions, with unintended consequences: C on question 5
Assassination policy targeting citizens is unconstitutional: C on question 5
World ignores Israel's 200 nukes yet pressures Iran's 1 nuke: C on question 5
War in Iraq was senseless invasion of sovereign state: D on question 5
Canít spread our goodness through the barrel of a gun: C on question 5
US must obey human rights treaties abroad: D on question 5
Our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests: D on question 5
Stop interfering with Latin America; talk & trade instead: D on question 5
No foreign aid; no treaties that commit US to future wars: C on question 5
No foreign aid; no treaties that commit US to future wars: D on question 5
Non-intervention is traditional American & Republican policy: D on question 5
No nation-building; no world policeman; no pre-emptive war: C on question 5
UN membership leads to impractical military conflicts: B on question 5
Policy of non-intervention, neutrality, & independence: C on question 5
Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty: A on question 5
Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful : A on question 5
No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty : A on question 5
Sponsored bill invalidating International Criminal Court: A on question 5
Sponsored resolution to withdraw from UNESCO: A on question 5
Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011: D on question 5
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: C on question 5
YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: B on question 5
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: D on question 5
NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding: C on question 5
This question weighted at 21% importance.
(Relative importance: 25 out of 121 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 5 out of 10 statements:

Stop enforcing No Child Left Behind; allow opt-out of system: B on question 6
Competition helps, but vouchers invite bureaucratic control: B on question 6
No-Child-Left-Behind hooks institutions on federal funding: B on question 6
Close Dept. of Education, but donít dismantle public schools: B on question 6
Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff: A on question 6
Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling: A on question 6
Guarantee parity for home school diplomas: A on question 6
Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: E on question 6
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: B on question 6
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: C on question 6
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 121 statements.)

Question 7 answer C 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 'C' from 5 out of 8 statements:

No federal marriage licenses & no state licenses either: C on question 7
Let churches marry couples, without government document: C on question 7
Definition of marriage is free speech: C on question 7
No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enough: B on question 7
No legislation to counteract the homosexual agenda: C on question 7
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: A on question 7
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: C on question 7
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: A on question 7
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 121 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 5 out of 7 statements:

Recycling consumes more energy than it saves: A on question 8
Property rights are the foundation of all rights: A on question 8
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: A on question 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: C on question 8
Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous: B on question 8
NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: A on question 8
NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: A on question 8
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 122 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 11 out of 16 statements:

The Patriot Act is unpatriotic; it undermines our liberty: A on question 9
Veto every single bill that violates the 10th amendment: A on question 9
Government today threatens the American dream itself: A on question 9
Patriotism means NOT being blindly obedient to the state: A on question 9
Just about everything Congress does is unconstitutional: A on question 9
Bush humble foreign policy was hijacked into nation-building: A on question 9
All political actionís goal should be to preserve liberty: A on question 9
Empires usually end by spending too much to maintain empire: A on question 9
American Empire is big government war & militarism: C on question 9
Exceptionalism shouldn't mean using force around the world: A on question 9
Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by force: A on question 9
Limit federal power, per the 10th Amendment: A on question 9
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: B on question 9
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: B on question 9
NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops: C on question 9
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: C on question 9
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 16 out of 122 statements.)

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CA-36:Janice Hahn(D)
NV-2:Dean Heller(R)
NY-9:Anthony Weiner(D)
NY-26:Chris Lee(R)
NY-26:Kathleen Hochul(D)
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AK-4:Mike Ross(D)
CA-6:Lynn Woolsey(D)
CA-18:Dennis Cardoza(D)
KY-4:Geoff Davis(R)
IL-12:Jerry Costello(D)
MA-1:John Olver(D)
MA-4:Barney Frank(D)
MI-5:Dale Kildee(D)
OK-2:Dan Boren(D)
TX-14:Ron Paul(R)
TX-20:Charlie Gonzalez(D)
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CA-51:Bob Filner(D)
Running for Governor:
IN-6:Mike Pence(R)
WA-8:Jay Inslee(D)
Running for Senate:
AZ-6:Jeff Flake(R)
CT-5:Chris Murphy(R)
FL-14:Connie Mack(R)
HI-2:Mazie Hirono(D)
IN-2:Joe Donnelly(D)
MO-2:Todd Akin(R)
MT-0:Dennis Rehberg(R)
ND-0:Rick Berg(D)
NM-1:Martin Heinrich(D)
NV-1:Shelley Berkley(D)
UT-3:Jason Chaffetz(R)
WI-2:Tammy Baldwin(D)
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AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
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in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
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in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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