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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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Dennis Kucinich on AmericansElect.org 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 9 statements:

Cancel tax cuts for the rich: D on question 1
Repeal tax cuts for wealthy to fund public higher ed: D on question 1
Top 272,000 taxpayers got as much benefit as bottom 129M: D on question 1
Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion: C on question 1
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: D on question 1
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: D on question 1
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: A on question 1
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: D on question 1
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: D on question 1
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 101 statements.)

Question 2 answer A 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 'A' from 11 out of 12 statements:

Double our energy from renewable sources by 2010: A on question 2
Global Green Deal for renewable energy: A on question 2
$50B solar venture fund for developing nations: A on question 2
Journey to planet Earth: renewable energy by 2010: A on question 2
Would sign Kyoto climate change treaty: A on question 2
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: A on question 2
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: A on question 2
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: A on question 2
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: A on question 2
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: A on question 2
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: A on question 2
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: D on question 2
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 101 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 10 out of 15 statements:

Medicare For All: all long-term care totally covered: A on question 3
Universal not-for-profit health care: A on question 3
Streamlined national health insurance as Enhanced Medicare: A on question 3
Iím not selling insurance-switch to not-for-profit system: A on question 3
Single-payer for alternative medicine, mental health, more: A on question 3
Regulate prescription drug prices like utility rates: A on question 3
Medicare for All: universal single-payer national system: A on question 3
Private companies charge 18% admin & Medicare charges 3%: B on question 3
Raise taxes for guaranteed, single payer, universal care: A on question 3
Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction: B on question 3
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: A on question 3
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: B on question 3
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: A on question 3
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: B on question 3
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: B on question 3
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 15 out of 101 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 9 out of 9 statements:

There arenít any illegal human beings: A on question 4
Promote Spanish as a second national language: A on question 4
Build relationships between nations, not walls: A on question 4
Sanctuary cities follow moral law if not federal law: A on question 4
Stop blaming immigrants for our system of slave labor: A on question 4
Roadmap to citizenship for immigrants: A on question 4
Extend our arms to world-immigrant amnesty and more: A on question 4
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: A on question 4
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: A on question 4
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 101 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 12 statements:

Reject war as an instrument of foreign policy: D on question 5
Believe in international law, not assassination politics: D on question 5
Americans have been misled about the Iraqi war: C on question 5
Create domestic Dept. of Peace & make all war obsolete: D on question 5
International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in: D on question 5
Let the UN rebuild Iraq and develop its governance: D on question 5
Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies: D on question 5
One cannot be against Iraq war yet still fund it: D on question 5
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: C on question 5
NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: C 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 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 101 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 4 out of 8 statements:

Charter schools are a multi-billion dollar boondoogle: D on question 6
Quality education is a core American right: D on question 6
Vouchers divert public money away from public schools: C on question 6
Keep public education separate from private education: D on question 6
Rated 90% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: D on question 6
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: C on question 6
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: C on question 6
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: C on question 6
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 101 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 8 out of 16 statements:

Not any issue on which he disagrees with GLBT community: C on question 7
Real GLBT equality includes the right to marry: C on question 7
Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender right to marry: C on question 7
Civil marriage is not necessarily between a man & a woman: B on question 7
Allow gays and lesbians to marry: C on question 7
Same sex couples deserve equal domestic benefits: B on question 7
Affirmative action is necessary & right & must be preserved: C on question 7
End the ban on gays in military: 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
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: C on question 7
Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees: B on question 7
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC: B on question 7
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: C on question 7
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: B on question 7
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: B on question 7
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 16 out of 101 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 12 out of 14 statements:

Base trade on worker rights, human rights & environment: D on question 8
Water should forever be in the public domain: D on question 8
Bushís wetland rules would increase flooding: C on question 8
Clean, safe water is a human right: D on question 8
A clean environment is not a luxury: D on question 8
Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands: D on question 8
Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: D on question 8
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: D on question 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: C on question 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: D on question 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: D on question 8
NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species: D on question 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: D on question 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: D on question 8
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 101 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 9 out of 12 statements:

Stop funding war, start funding education; 15% DoD reduction: C on question 9
Cut military spending by 25%; fund diplomacy instead: C on question 9
Withdraw from NAFTA and WTO: B on question 9
Must cut Pentagon spending: C on question 9
$550B defense budget implies more taxes: C on question 9
Cut defense budget by 15%, even if unpopular: C on question 9
Terminating ABM treaty was unconstitutional: C on question 9
Confront the bloat and waste in Pentagon budget: C on question 9
Donít sacrifice our rights to global corporate ethic: B on question 9
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: B on question 9
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: C on question 9
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: C on question 9
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 101 statements.)

Other governors' AmericansElect quiz: Dennis Kucinich on the issues:
OH Gubernatorial:
Betty Sutton
Connie Pillich
Jim Renacci
Joe Schiavoni
John Kasich
Jon Husted
Mary Taylor
Mike DeWine
Nan Whaley
OH Senatorial:
Eric Deaton
George Voinovich
Jennifer Brunner
Jim Renacci
Lee Fisher
Michael Pryce
Mike Gibbons
P.G. Sittenfeld
Paul Hackett
Rob Portman
Sherrod Brown
Ted Strickland

Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.Huggins(R) vs.Chenault(R)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.Lee George(R) vs.Carrington (R) vs.Tommy Battle (R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.West(L)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D) vs.Farley(D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I) vs.Allen(R)
CO: Ed Perlmutter (D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.George Brauchler (R) vs.Doug Robinson (R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Barlock(R) vs.Lynne(R) vs.Polis(D)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Drew(D) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R) vs.Lumaj(R) vs.Visconti(R) vs.Lauretti(R)
FL: Gillum(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Mike Huckabee (R) vs.Putnam(R)
GA: Kemp(R) vs.Casey Cagle(R) vs.Hunter Hill(R) vs.Stacey Abrams(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Hanabusa(D)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.Leopold(D) vs.Boulton(D) vs.McGuire(D)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R) vs.Labrador(R) vs.Ahlquist(R) vs.Minton(D)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D) vs.Daniel Biss (D) vs.Pritzker(D)
KS: Brewer(D) vs.Wink Hartman (R) vs.Colyer(C) vs.Kobach(R)
MA: Baker(R) vs.Gonzalez(D) vs.Setti Warren (D) vs.Bob Massie (R)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.Alec Ross (D) vs.Cummings(D) vs.Madaleno(D)
ME: Mayhew(R) vs.Mills(D)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.El-Sayed(D) vs.Tim Walz (D)
MN: vs.Smith(D) vs.Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D) vs.Tina Liebling (DFL) vs.Tim Walz (DFL) vs.Matt Dean (R)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.Krist(D)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.Steve Marchand (D)
NM: Lujan-Grisham(D) vs.Pearce(R) vs.Cervantes(D) vs.Apodaca (D)
NV: Fisher (R) vs.Sisolak(D) vs.Laxalt(R) vs.Schwartz(R)
NY: Cuomo(R) vs.Sharpe(L)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.Sutton(D) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Jim Renacci (R) vs.Connie Pillich (D) vs.Schiavoni(D) vs.Husted(R) vs.Whaley(D)
OK: Gary Richardson (R) vs.Johnson(D)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Scott Inman(D) vs.Buehler(R)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Barletta(R)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.Fung(R) vs.Morgan(R)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.McGill(R) vs.Pope(R) vs.Templeton(R) vs.Smith(D)
SD: Noem(R) vs.Jackley(R) vs.Sutton(D)
TN: Green(R) vs.Dean(D) vs.Black(R)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.Glass(L) vs.White(D)
VT: Scott(R) vs.Stern(D)
WI: Walker(R) vs.Harlow(D) vs.Vinehout(D)
WY: Throne(D) vs.Dahlin(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Guadagno(R) vs.Phil Murphy(D) vs.Mayor Steve Fulop(D) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Rullo(R) vs.Kaper-Dale(G)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Perriello(D) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D)

Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2017):
DE-D: Carney
IN-R: Holcomb
MO-R: Greitens
NH-R: Sununu
NC-D: Cooper
ND-R: Burgum
VT-R: Scott
WV-D: Justice

Retiring 2017-18:
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
(term-limited 2018)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
(term-limited 2018)
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
(term-limited 2018)
FL-R: Rick Scott
(term-limited 2018)
GA-R: Nathan Deal
(term-limited 2018)
IA-R: Terry Branstad
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
ID-R: Butch Otter
(retiring 2018)
KS-R: Sam Brownback
(term-limited 2018)
ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
(term-limited 2018)
MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Local Issues
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Gubernatorial Debates 2015:
KY: Conway(D,lost) vs.Bevin(R,won)
LA: Vitter(R,lost) vs.Dardenne(R) vs.Edwards(D,won)
MS: Bryant(R,won) vs.Gray(D,lost) vs.Slater(D)

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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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