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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 7 out of 13 statements:

Cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDP: B on question 1
$200,000 income threshold for no interest & dividend tax: B on question 1
Fees are appropriate for the government to provide services: B on question 1
Make sure that we rein in spending: A on question 1
Reduce corporate tax rate--we have 2nd highest in world: A on question 1
FactCheck: Closed $174M in corporate tax loopholes: D on question 1
Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy: A on question 1
Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws: B on question 1
My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback: A on question 1
Pledges not to raise taxes: A on question 1
Will cut deficit and help Americans save: A on question 1
QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth: A on question 1
CC:Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment: B on question 1
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 96 statements.)

Question 2 answer B 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 'B' from 6 out of 9 statements:

Climate change is occurring, with SOME human contribution: C on question 2
No-regrets policy at home; reduce greenhouse emission abroad: C on question 2
$20 billion package for energy research & new car technology: B on question 2
Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax: B on question 2
Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil: B on question 2
Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal: B on question 2
No-regrets policy: biofuel, nuclear power, drill ANWR: B on question 2
Big Oil should reinvest profits in oil refineries: D on question 2
Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR: B on question 2
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 96 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 12 out of 25 statements:

Get everyone some form of catastrophic health coverage: B on question 3
Personal responsibility instead of employer mandates: C on question 3
Let states create their own private, market-based insurance: C on question 3
Conservative idea: individual responsibility for health care: C on question 3
Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system: C on question 3
No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok: C on question 3
ObamaCare waivers on Day One; repeal bill on Day Two: D on question 3
On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states: C on question 3
MA Constitution allows mandate; US Constitution does not: B on question 3
ObamaCare's power grab won't work; Obama didn't ask me: D on question 3
RomneyCare intended as state plan; never as national model: B on question 3
In MA, we addressed only the 8% who were uninsured: B on question 3
I stand by what I did in Massachusetts: B on question 3
If people of MA don't like RomneyCare, they can change it: C on question 3
Base health care system on free choice & private medicine: C on question 3
Mandating citizens to buy health insurance is conservative: B on question 3
FactCheck: MA employers have no mandates, but “requirements”: B on question 3
Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics: B on question 3
MA plan blends personal responsibility & universal coverage: B on question 3
MA program relies on personal responsibility & the market: C on question 3
MA health plan insures all without taxes or socialization: C on question 3
MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines): B on question 3
MA state health insurance plan lowered costs: B on question 3
Mandates on health insurance work in Massachusetts: B on question 3
Repeal healthcare mandate, according to CC survey: C on question 3
This question weighted at 25% importance.
(Relative importance: 25 out of 99 statements.)

Question 4 answer D 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 'D' from 9 out of 20 statements:

Welcome legal immigrants, instead of message of exclusion: B on question 4
Executive action on immigration is only a temporary solution: C on question 4
Poverty level of aspiring immigrant's nation is irrelevant: B on question 4
Of course a border fence; of course no free tuition: D on question 4
Build 2,600-mile fence with enough guards to secure it: D on question 4
Ardent proponent of English immersion: C on question 4
Deport illegal immigrants in 90 days under the ideal setting: D on question 4
Illegal immigrants should go home eventually: C on question 4
No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals: B on question 4
Welcome the people who have been standing in line first: C on question 4
Avoid chain migration; disallow families from one citizen: D on question 4
Priorities: secure border, employer verification, no amnesty: D on question 4
Proposed Z visa allows illegal aliens to stay in America: C on question 4
Unfair to allow all illegal immigrants to stay: C on question 4
Vetoed in-state tuition; turn off the magnet: D on question 4
Illegal immigrants shouldn’t get tuition break in schools: D on question 4
Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration: D on question 4
Supports border infrastructure, according to CC survey: D 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
This question weighted at 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 20 out of 106 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 3 out of 8 statements:

World has been losing respect for America for last 5 years: A on question 5
To Jihadists, democracy is blasphemous since people make law: A on question 5
To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world: C on question 5
Encourage others to welcome democracy, without military: C on question 5
Stronger America is less likely to have to fight: A on question 5
You attack US and we respond; but use nonmilitary too: B on question 5
Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques: B on question 5
Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists: B on question 5
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 107 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 5 out of 10 statements:

We should insist that teachers get evaluated: A on question 6
2003: Bold reforms: required H.S. graduation test: C on question 6
Vetoed abandoning three new Massachusetts charter schools: B on question 6
Teachers' union has deadening impact on student achievement: B on question 6
Education is not just the teachers’ union: A on question 6
Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships: A on question 6
Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB: B on question 6
Reform underperforming schools or replace with charters: B on question 6
Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education: A on question 6
Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools: A on question 6
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 108 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 10 out of 18 statements:

Impact of same-sex marriage on kids won't be known for years: C on question 7
2006: Marriage: I agree with 3000 years of recorded history: A on question 7
Marriage is not just quaint custom; recognize critical role: A on question 7
GovWatch: 1994: Favored gays serving openly in military: B on question 7
Supports Employment Nondiscrimination Act at state level: B on question 7
MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage: A on question 7
1994: Gays ok in Boy Scouts: B on question 7
Don’t ask, don’t tell sounds silly, but it’s effective: B on question 7
Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage: A on question 7
Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage: A on question 7
Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn’t de redefined: A on question 7
Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage: A on question 7
Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage: A on question 7
Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman: A on question 7
Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law: B on question 7
Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform: A on question 7
Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage: B on question 7
Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout: B on question 7
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 111 statements.)

Question 8 answer B 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 'B' from 3 out of 5 statements:

FDA should collaborate with businesses they monitor: B on question 8
Clean Air & Water Acts are significantly out of date: B on question 8
Replace "green jobs" program with American competitiveness: A on question 8
States should be able to have their own emissions standards: B on question 8
Clean environment will be a campaign theme: D on question 8
This question weighted at 4% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 114 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 3 out of 6 statements:

No European-style solutions to an American problem: B on question 9
Unless US changes course, we’ll no longer be superpower: C on question 9
The US is the only major power believing in free enterprise: A on question 9
Free Cuba and eliminate threat of people like Hugo Chavez: C on question 9
Move Muslim world toward modernity so they reject extreme: C on question 9
US is not arrogant, but we have resolve: B on question 9
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 114 statements.)

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Senate races 2019-20:
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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