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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.

Amy Klobuchar 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 4 out of 7 statements:

Cut discretionary spending like “bridge to nowhere”: A on question 1
Strengthen infrastructure, including rail, dams, & Internet: D on question 1
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: C on question 1
CC:No Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment: C on question 1
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: D 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 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 42 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 9 statements:

Green New Deal is aspirational; don't over-promise: C on question 2
Rejoin Paris climate deal; meet UN goals: A on question 2
Invest in homegrown, renewable energy sources: A on question 2
Gas gouging penalty against oil companies: C on question 2
National strategy to address global warming: A on question 2
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: A on question 2
Green New Deal: 10-year national mobilization: B 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 20% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 46 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 6 out of 11 statements:

Medicare-for-all is aspirational and for the future, not now: C on question 3
Expand Medicare to age 55: A on question 3
Allow Medicare to directly negotiate prices: B on question 3
Allow sick people to obtain insurance: B on question 3
Crack down on the price of health care: B on question 3
Universal coverage is our goal: A on question 3
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: B on question 3
Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey: A 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 21% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 52 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 3 out of 9 statements:

Increase legal immigration but don't abolish ICE: C on question 4
Path to citizenship for people who have been law abiding: D on question 4
No amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants: C on question 4
Opposes Social Security for illegal immigrants: C on question 4
Opposes more border security, according to CC survey: A on question 4
Terminate national emergency at the Southern border: B on question 4
Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps: B 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 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 57 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 7 out of 12 statements:

Fight ISIS Internet recruiting, but don't indict Islam: D on question 5
Iraq has devolved into a civil war; get US troops out: D on question 5
When North Korea crosses line, there have to be consequences: A on question 5
Transition to Iraqi governance; no permanent military bases: D on question 5
Iraq war needed moral compass of int’l cooperation: D on question 5
I will fight for fair trade: B on question 5
Fight for a clear plan to bring our troops home safely: D on question 5
Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes: D on question 5
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: B on question 5
Welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees now, and more later: D on question 5
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: B on question 5
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: C on question 5
This question weighted at 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 63 statements.)

Question 6 answer C 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 'C' from 2 out of 3 statements:

Expand early childhood education opportunities: C on question 6
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: C on question 6
YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects: D on question 6
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 64 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:

Supports civil unions and equal rights for gay partners: B on question 7
No constitutional amendment defining marriage: B 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
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: C on question 7
Let states recognize same sex marriage: B on question 7
Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites: C on question 7
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 67 statements.)

Question 8 answer C 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 'C' from 3 out of 8 statements:

Open PolyMet copper-nickel mine in the Iron Range: B on question 8
I would do nothing to hurt hunting: B on question 8
Preserve open spaces, farmlands, hunting lands, & wetlands: 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
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: A on question 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: D on question 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: C on question 8
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 70 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 2 out of 4 statements:

Iraq war has cost $300B and fomented more terrorism: C on question 9
Opposes CAFTA: B 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 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 71 statements.)

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AK: Sullivan(R,incumbent) vs.Gross(I)
AL: Jones(D,incumbent) vs.Sessions(R) vs.Moore(R) vs.Mooney(R) vs.Rogers(D) vs.Tuberville(R) vs.Byrne(R) vs.Merrill(R)
AR: Cotton(R,incumbent) vs.Mahony(D) vs.Whitfield(I) vs.Harrington(L)
AZ: McSally(R,incumbent) vs.Kelly(D)
CO: Gardner(R,incumbent) vs.Hickenlooper(D) vs.Madden(D) vs.Baer(D) vs.Walsh(D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Romanoff(D) vs.Burnes(D) vs.Williams(D)
DE: Coons(D,incumbent) vs.Scarane(D)
GA-2: Isakson(R,resigned) Loeffler(R,appointed) vs.Lieberman(D) vs.Collins(R) vs.Carter(D)
GA-6: Perdue(R,incumbent) vs.Tomlinson(D) vs.Ossoff(D) vs.Terry(D)
IA: Ernst(R,incumbent) vs.Graham(D) vs.Mauro(D) vs.Greenfield(D)
ID: Risch(R,incumbent) vs.Harris(D) vs.Jordan(D)
IL: Durbin(D,incumbent) vs.Curran(R) vs.Stava-Murray(D)
KS: Roberts(R,retiring) vs.LaTurner(R) vs.Wagle(R) vs.Kobach(R) vs.Bollier(D) vs.Lindstrom(R) vs.Grissom(D) vs.Marshall(R)
KY: McConnell(R,incumbent) vs.McGrath(D) vs.Morgan(R) vs.Cox(D) vs.Tobin(D) vs.Booker(D)
LA: Cassidy(R,incumbent) vs.Pierce(D)

MA: Markey(D,incumbent) vs.Liss-Riordan(D) vs.Ayyadurai(R) vs.Kennedy(D)
ME: Collins(R,incumbent) vs.Sweet(D) vs.Gideon(D) vs.Rice(D)
MI: Peters(D,incumbent) vs.James(R)
MN: Smith(D,incumbent) vs.Carlson(D) vs.Lewis(R) vs.Overby(G)
MS: Hyde-Smith(R,incumbent) vs.Espy(D) vs.Bohren(D)
MT: Daines(R,incumbent) vs.Bullock(D) vs.Collins(D) vs.Mues(D) vs.Driscoll(R) vs.Giese(L)
NC: Tillis(R,incumbent) vs.E.Smith(D) vs.S.Smith(R) vs.Cunningham(D) vs.Tucker(R) vs.Mansfield(D)
NE: Sasse(R,incumbent) vs.Janicek(R)
NH: Shaheen(D,incumbent) vs.Martin(D) vs.Bolduc(R) vs.O'Brien(f)
NJ: Booker(D,incumbent) vs.Singh(R) vs.Meissner(R)
NM: Udall(D,retiring) vs.Clarkson(R) vs.Oliver(D) vs.Lujan(D) vs.Rich(R)
OK: Inhofe(R,incumbent) vs.Workman(D)
OR: Merkley(D,incumbent) vs.Romero(R) vs.Perkins(R)
RI: Reed(D,incumbent) vs.Waters(R)
SC: Graham(R,incumbent) vs.Tinubu(D) vs.Harrison(D)
SD: Rounds(R,incumbent) vs.Borglum(R) vs.Ahlers(D)
TN: Alexander(R,incumbent) vs.Sethi(R) vs.Mackler(D) vs.Hagerty(R)
TX: Cornyn(R,incumbent) vs.Hegar(D) vs.Hernandez(D) vs.Bell(D) vs.Ramirez(D) vs.West(D)
VA: Warner(D,incumbent) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Gade(R)
WV: Capito(R,incumbent) vs.Swearengin(D) vs.Ojeda(D)
WY: Enzi(R,incumbent) vs.Ludwig(D) vs.Lummis(R)
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