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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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Clarence Thomas on AmericansElect.org Quiz

 



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Question 1 answer E 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 'E' from 1 out of 1 statements:

Discriminatory fuel sales tax on railroads ok: E on question 1
This question weighted at 3% importance.
(Relative importance: 1 out of 30 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 2 out of 3 statements:

No disclosure needed by Cheney energy task force: B on question 2
States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: B on question 2
Federal statutes displace federal common law on CO2: C on question 2
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 30 statements.)

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

States have no authority to protect patient rights: D on question 3
States decide insurance issues, not federal government: C on question 3
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: C on question 3
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 30 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 5 statements:

No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants: C on question 4
Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: D on question 4
No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: C on question 4
INS may hold suspects for deportation, but habeas applies: C on question 4
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: D on question 4
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 30 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 3 statements:

Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: A on question 5
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: A on question 5
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: A on question 5
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 30 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 2 out of 3 statements:

Vouchers needed for failing urban public schools: A on question 6
Unconstitutional to deny scholarships to divinity students: A on question 6
Paying taxes insufficient to oppose religious or any credits: B on question 6
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 30 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 4 out of 4 statements:

Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct: A on question 7
Sodomy laws are uncommonly silly but states can enforce them: A on question 7
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: A on question 7
State laws should not protect gay rights: A on question 7
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 30 statements.)

Question 8 answer A 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 'A' from 3 out of 6 statements:

EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies: C on question 8
Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters: A on question 8
Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich: B on question 8
Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands: A on question 8
Can't sue polluters after they stop polluting: B on question 8
Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways: A on question 8
This question weighted at 20% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 30 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 1 out of 3 statements:

Courts have no place in reviewing military decisions: D on question 9
No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US: B on question 9
Founders believed parents controlled speech to children: A on question 9
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 30 statements.)

Other Justices' AmericansElect.org quiz: Clarence Thomas on the issues:
Samuel Alito
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer
Elena Kagan
Anthony Kennedy
John Roberts
Antonin Scalia
Sonia Sotomayor
Clarence Thomas

Former Justices:
David Souter
Sandra Day O'Connor
William Rehnquist
John Paul Stevens

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Health Care
Immigration
Labor
Principles
School Choice
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
War & Peace
Welfare


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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