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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.
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Barack Obama on AmericansElect.org Quiz

Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)



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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 11 statements:

2011 budget proposed to raise Death Tax to 45%: D on question 1
Close tax loopholes for US companies relocating abroad: D on question 1
Freeze annual domestic spending for next five years: C on question 1
We inherited $8T of debt; and only added $1T more: C on question 1
Across-the-board tax cuts wouldn't stimulate economy: D on question 1
Restore Pay-As-You-Go law: D on question 1
Deficit spending for $50B emergency economic plan: C on question 1
Tax cuts for wealthy got us into the current deficit: D on question 1
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: D on question 1
NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending: D on question 1
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: C on question 1
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 108 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 11 out of 19 statements:

De-facto moratorium on shallow as well as deepwater drilling: A on question 2
Big promoter of clean coal technology & nukes: B on question 2
Ten years to eliminate dependence on foreign oil: C on question 2
Nuclear power ok, as one component of energy mix: C on question 2
Drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution: C on question 2
More Alaska oil & gas leases, plus new gas pipeline: D on question 2
We cannot drill our way out of our addiction to oil: A on question 2
Debate is settled: climate change is a fact: A on question 2
Figure out how to sequester carbon and burn clean coal: C on question 2
Reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050: A on question 2
Aggressively address accelerating climate change: A on question 2
Natural gas is a "bridge fuel"; then go solar: C on question 2
Subsidize clean energy by canceling oil subsidies: A on question 2
$150B over 10 years to establish a green energy sector: A on question 2
Harness homegrown, alternative fuels like ethanol: A on question 2
Invest in alternative energy sources: A on question 2
Tradable credits for renewable energy: A on question 2
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: A on question 2
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: C on question 2
This question weighted at 18% importance.
(Relative importance: 19 out of 108 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 9 out of 16 statements:

Guaranteed health care for anyone who needs it: A on question 3
Repealing healthcare reform would cost $250B: B on question 3
Health care is a right: something’s fundamentally wrong now: A on question 3
Include everyone who wants insurance in national pool: B on question 3
I’ve got a health plan and a plan to get it implemented: B on question 3
Voluntary universal participation, like in Medicare Part B: B on question 3
Buy private insurance via National Health Insurance Exchange: B on question 3
Subsidies to people who can’t afford care--not single payer: B on question 3
Universal health care by end of first term: A on question 3
Tort reform only saves $5B per year; not enough to matter: B on question 3
Didn't tackle healthcare for political benefit, it's needed: B on question 3
When your child gets sick, you don't shop for best bargain: A on question 3
If we started from scratch, one-payer system would be best: A on question 3
Mandating kids’ insurance ok; mandating adults has problems: A on question 3
No one turned away due to illness or pre-existing condition: A on question 3
National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance: B on question 3
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 16 out of 108 statements.)

Question 4 answer B 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 'B' from 9 out of 19 statements:

Send 1,200 National Guard troops to southern border: C on question 4
Crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants: D on question 4
America has nothing to fear from today’s immigrants: A on question 4
We need comprehensive reform, like McCain used to support: B on question 4
Need to look at different aspects of immigration reform: B on question 4
Deporting 12 million people is ridiculous and impractical: B on question 4
Immigrants are scapegoats for high unemployment rates: A on question 4
Illegals shouldn’t work; but should have path to citizenship: B on question 4
Let’s be a nation of laws AND a nation of immigrants: A on question 4
Do a better job patrolling the Canadian and Mexican borders: C on question 4
Give immigrants who are here a rigorous path to citizenship: B on question 4
Solve the driver’s license issue with immigration reform: B on question 4
Extend welfare and Medicaid to immigrants: A on question 4
Support the DREAM Act for the children of illegal immigrants: B on question 4
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": A on question 4
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: A on question 4
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: B on question 4
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: D on question 4
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: B on question 4
This question weighted at 18% importance.
(Relative importance: 19 out of 108 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 15 statements:

2008 World Tour: Iraq, Germany, Afghanistan, Israel: D on question 5
The UN has succeeded in avoiding a Third World War: D on question 5
Global Poverty Act: spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid: D on question 5
In Cold War, we won hearts & minds; now do same to world: D on question 5
Human rights and national security are complementary: C on question 5
No “strategic ambiguity” on foreign policy issues: b on question 5
Meet with Cuban leaders only with agenda of US interests: B on question 5
In Berlin: proud citizen of US; fellow citizen of the world: D on question 5
Cooperation among nations is not a choice; it’s the only way: D on question 5
Open dialogue with both Syria and Iran: C on question 5
Engage with Iran; but combat Al Qaeda in Pakistan: C on question 5
Iran is more isolated and will face growing consequences: B on question 5
Goal is a world without nuclear weapons: D on question 5
Supports Arab Peace Initiative (two states) with exceptions: D on question 5
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: A on question 5
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 15 out of 108 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 5 out of 14 statements:

Make math & science policy a national priority: D on question 6
$10 billion to guarantee early childhood education for all: C on question 6
Mother home-schooled Obama in English while in Indonesia: A on question 6
Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas: C on question 6
Race to the Top: reward innovation in public schools: D on question 6
Reward successful schools, instead of funding the status quo: C on question 6
Opposes D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program: D on question 6
Increase school choice & accountability within NCLB: B on question 6
I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers: C on question 6
I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers: D on question 6
Vouchers don’t solve the problems of our schools: C on question 6
Public school system status quo is indefensible: B on question 6
Supports charter schools and private investment in schools: B on question 6
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: B on question 6
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 108 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 10 out of 15 statements:

Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry: C on question 7
Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands?: B on question 7
We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions: B on question 7
Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church: B on question 7
Disentangle gay rights from the word “marriage”: B on question 7
Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights: B on question 7
Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights: B on question 7
Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage: C on question 7
Opposed 1996 Illinois DOMA bill: C on question 7
Supports health benefits for gay civil partners: B on question 7
Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality: B on question 7
Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry: B on question 7
Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry: C on question 7
Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws: B on question 7
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: C on question 7
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 15 out of 108 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 11 out of 11 statements:

Genesis teaches stewardship of earth: sacrifice for future: D on question 8
1980s: Tested for asbestos at Chicago housing project: D on question 8
Regulate animal feeding operations for pollution: D on question 8
Promote green technologies and fuel efficiency standards: D on question 8
Organized inner-city recycling; fought environmental racism: D on question 8
Reduce mercury and lead to protect community health: D on question 8
Protect the Great Lakes & our National Parks and Forests: D on question 8
Conserve, develop alternative fuels, increase efficiencies: D on question 8
Passed lead abatement & 24 other laws in IL Senate: D on question 8
Scored 60% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection: D on question 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: D on question 8
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 108 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 8 out of 8 statements:

Take money from war budgets and fund nation-building at home: C on question 9
American exceptionalism is same as any other exceptionalism: C on question 9
I do not accept 2nd place for the USA: C on question 9
Important to undo the damage of the last seven years: C on question 9
We cannot afford isolationism: C on question 9
Never has US had so much power & so little influence to lead: C on question 9
Learned privilege of being American by living in Indonesia: C on question 9
We’ve been reactive for 8 years; be proactive with Russia: C on question 9
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 108 statements.)

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