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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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Tim Kaine 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 5 out of 8 statements:

Transportation infrastructure spending as economic stimulus: D on question 1
Supports government funding for space travel: C on question 1
Invest in infrastructure & invest in our workforce: D on question 1
Trump is "You're fired"; Hillary is "You're hired": D on question 1
Reverse the sequester: harmful, across-the-board budget cuts: C on question 1
Opposes "Cut, Cap and Balance" as all cuts & no balance: C on question 1
Cabinet Community Days: we see people worried but hopeful: D on question 1
Supports increasing tax rates: D on question 1
This question weighted at 100% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 8 statements.)

Question 2 answer C 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 'C' from 4 out of 6 statements:

Support wind, nuclear, fracking, and offshore drilling: C on question 2
Climate is a big issue, but government is not always the fix: C on question 2
Major attention on creating green jobs: A on question 2
Reduce electricity consumption by 19% by 2025: A on question 2
Nuclear reactors will be key to America's energy future: C on question 2
Key to success is availability of reliable, low-cost power: C on question 2
This question weighted at 43% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 14 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 10 statements:

Praised Virginia's Medicaid expansion: A on question 3
Increase Medicaid funding for low-income individuals: B on question 3
Regulate the prices of life-saving drugs: B on question 3
Supports federal requirement that children get vaccinated: B on question 3
Prevent childhood obesity by improving health education: B on question 3
1 million Virginians do not have health insurance: A on question 3
One out of 7 Virginians lack health insurance: B on question 3
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: A on question 3
Opposes repealing ObamaCare: B on question 3
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: D on question 3
This question weighted at 42% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 24 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 6 out of 8 statements:

Comprehensive immigration reform to protect DREAMers: B on question 4
DREAMers & DACA saved by executive order, not Congress: A on question 4
Subsidized healthcare and tuition ok for illegal immigrants: A on question 4
No "deportation force" going door-to-door to deport 16M: A on question 4
Supported 2013 Senate immigration reform package: A on question 4
Give millions of families an earned pathway to citizenship: D on question 4
Comprehensive immigration policy instead of xenophobia: A on question 4
Supercharged rhetoric causes hostility to New Americans: A on question 4
This question weighted at 25% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 32 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 11 out of 18 statements:

Trump's immigration ban is a religious test: D on question 5
No ban on Muslim immigrants; no ban on Syrian refugees: A on question 5
On Putin: See difference between leadership & dictatorship: D on question 5
On Putin: See difference between leadership & dictatorship: D on question 5
Barring Syrian refugees is antithetical to democracy: D on question 5
Barring Syrian refugees is antithetical to democracy: D on question 5
Urges US to accept more Syrian refugees: C on question 5
Maintain relations with Britain & EU to move beyond Brexit: D on question 5
Iran is the real threat; Israel can make peace with Arabs: C on question 5
Allow more Syrian Refugees to resettle in US: D on question 5
U.S. leadership in global economy, without blind endorsement: C on question 5
It is time to restore freedom to travel to Cuba: D on question 5
Non-state organizations will have an increasing role: D on question 5
Investments in international development is important to US: D on question 5
Strengthen partnerships with Latin America: C on question 5
Redefine War Powers to reflect realities of 21st century: C on question 5
Engage with people from other countries in global commerce: D on question 5
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: B on question 5
This question weighted at 36% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 50 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 5 out of 9 statements:

Fight efforts to divert public funding to private schools: D on question 6
Supports Common Core and educational standards: C on question 6
Individualized learning, not charter schools: D on question 6
Invest in education--from preschool to career skills: D on question 6
Increase K-12 school funds despite 3 rounds of budget cuts: B on question 6
We raised teacher pay & required regular teacher evaluations: A on question 6
Include private & church schools in kindergarten & pre-K: B on question 6
School vouchers divert resources from our public schools: D on question 6
Opposes school vouchers: D on question 6
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 59 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 3 out of 7 statements:

We're still fighting for full LGBT equality: C on question 7
2005: "conservative on family;" oppose same-sex marriage: A on question 7
Protect LGBT students at schools, including gender identity: C on question 7
Same-sex couples should have the same legal rights: B on question 7
2005: No gay adoption; 2011: gay adoption okay: B on question 7
Opposes defining traditional marriage: C on question 7
Let states recognize same sex marriage: B on question 7
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 66 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 8 out of 12 statements:

Extreme concern over cuts to EPA: D on question 8
Don't require GMO labels for genetically-engineered food: B on question 8
We must protect resources like oyster reefs and clean water: D on question 8
Property rights important when mapping pipeline routes: C on question 8
A clean environment and a strong economy need not contradict: C on question 8
Always work to protect our air, water and land: D on question 8
Save animal lives with anti-freeze poisoning prevention bill: C on question 8
Comprehensive study of mercury's effect on environment: D on question 8
Historic investments in water quality & open space: D on question 8
Re-zoning to account for transportation infrastructure: D on question 8
Invest in ongoing work to clean up rivers & Chesapeake Bay: D on question 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: D on question 8
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 78 statements.)

Question 9 answer D 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 'D' from 0 out of 0 statements:

(No votes on which to base response)
This question weighted at 0% importance.
(Relative importance: 0 out of 78 statements.)

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