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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 4 out of 6 statements:

Will lead a bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code: A on question 1
OpEd: 2008 stimulus checks went to savings, not spending: C on question 1
TX first: religious charities delivering welfare services: D on question 1
On behalf of the American people, I’m asking for a refund: A on question 1
Retroactive tax cuts may bolster faltering economy: A on question 1
Cut taxes on income, children, & inheritance: A on question 1
This question weighted at 6% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 95 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:

Replace 75% of oil imports from Mideast by 2025: C on question 2
End America’s addiction to oil: A on question 2
Explore ANWR; explore for gas; reduce foreign dependence: D on question 2
International treaty to reverse growth of greenhouse gases: A on question 2
No mandatory greenhouse gas reductions: D on question 2
$1.7 billion program will make hydrogen cars common by 2020: A on question 2
$1.2B to develop hydrogen fuel via private partnerships: A on question 2
Reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over next decade: A on question 2
Opposes Kyoto treaty, ESA, & other intrusive regulations: D on question 2
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 95 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 5 out of 14 statements:

Government-run health care is the wrong prescription: D on question 3
Endorses billions more in health care funding: B on question 3
Senior Rx: “Immediate Helping Hand” now; more later: B on question 3
Medical Savings Accounts part of affordable access & choice: D on question 3
Family Health Credit: pay for 90% of basic low-income policy: B on question 3
Expand consumer choice, not government control: D on question 3
Health savings accounts with choice of coverage: C on question 3
Cover 3 million uninsured at a 10-year cost of $135 billion: C on question 3
New Prosperity Initiative: $2,000 health ins. tax credit: B on question 3
OpEd: Medicare Part D is largest entitlement in 40 years: A on question 3
Keep Medicare in government, but provide flexibility: C on question 3
Health care access via empowerment, not nationalizing: C on question 3
Private alternatives & state reforms come first: C on question 3
Medicare Rx drug coverage for low-income seniors: B on question 3
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 14 out of 95 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 6 out of 15 statements:

Deploy border fence; end “catch and release”: C on question 4
Massive deportation is unrealistic: B on question 4
Minuteman Project are vigilantes: A on question 4
Support a humane guest-worker program that rejects amnesty: D on question 4
Temporary workers ok, but no amnesty: C on question 4
A time-limited worker card for the illegal immigrants: C on question 4
Support temporary worker program but oppose amnesty: C on question 4
New temporary worker program includes illegal aliens: A on question 4
Mexico: immigration reform in exchange for oil development: B on question 4
Respect other languages, but teach all children English: C on question 4
$500M to cut INS application time to 6 months: B on question 4
Welcome Latinos; immigration is not a problem to be solved: B on question 4
Make INS more “immigrant friendly”: B on question 4
More border guards to compassionately turn away Mexicans: D on question 4
Guest workers, maybe; citizenship waiting period, yes: C on question 4
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 15 out of 95 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 13 out of 22 statements:

Millennium Challenge Account: no more money down a rat hole: C on question 5
Bush Doctrine: Put state sponsors of terrorism on notice: A on question 5
Geneva convention does not apply to al Qaeda & Taliban: A on question 5
$1.2B for 5-year campaign against malaria in Africa: C on question 5
We ought to be working with the African Union: C on question 5
Increased foreign aid by 65% from 2002 to 2006: C on question 5
OpEd: Pre-emptive war is not America's way: A on question 5
Africa’s important but not a priority; no nation-building: B on question 5
The six-party talks will unwind when we have bilateral talks: A on question 5
Do “whatever it takes” to defend Taiwan, including military: A on question 5
Entrepreneurial China trade differs from totalitarian Cuba: B on question 5
China’s taste of freedom encourages capitalism’s growth: B on question 5
OpEd: obsessed with subverting ICC international authority: A on question 5
Take preemptive action in order to make America secure: A on question 5
America will never seek a permission slip for self-defense: A on question 5
Bush Doctrine: pre-emptive strikes for US defense: A on question 5
Help poor countries around the world: D on question 5
America should speak loudly and carry a big stick: A on question 5
Transition from leading operations to partnering with Iraqis: A on question 5
20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Baghdad & Anbar: A on question 5
Focus on Big Three: Russia, China, & India: D on question 5
Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists: A on question 5
This question weighted at 23% importance.
(Relative importance: 22 out of 95 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 9 out of 16 statements:

Public schools are America’s great hope: C on question 6
Move Head Start to Education Dept., teach all kids to read: B on question 6
Local control is core principle of successful education: A on question 6
$300M for Pell Grants for Kids for non-public schools: A on question 6
Increased funding to $200M for charter schools: B on question 6
Favors rigorous testing over school choice: C on question 6
Pushes OPTIONS for private schools; without saying VOUCHERS: A on question 6
Vouchers ensure school accountability: A on question 6
Vouchers are up to states; allow local control: A on question 6
Allow “charter states” as well as charter schools: B on question 6
One size does not fit all in education: A on question 6
Fund 2,000 charter schools; defund failing schools: A on question 6
$3 billion for Charter School Fund: B on question 6
School decisions by parents, not federal judges: A on question 6
Supports vouchers, including private or religious schools.: A on question 6
NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects: B on question 6
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 16 out of 95 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 7 out of 8 statements:

Defend the institution of marriage against activist judges: A on question 7
2004: Supported Family Marriage Amendment (no gay marriage): A on question 7
2003: Opposed MA decision legalizing gay marriage: A on question 7
Constitutional amendment to protect marriage: A on question 7
Protect marriage against activist judges: A on question 7
Bush calls for constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: A on question 7
Against gay marriage, but leave it to the states: B on question 7
Hate-crime rules don’t apply to gays: A on question 7
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 95 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 10 out of 24 statements:

Clear Skies Initiative improves air quality now: C on question 8
Restrict wetland development, but not arsenic or CO2: A on question 8
More lead emission reporting requirements: D on question 8
1999: Modernize model of "mandate, regulate and litigate": B on question 8
Weaken Clean Air; no comment on Clean Water: A on question 8
Work in partnership with states and landowners: A on question 8
Make Amtrak more efficient and competitive: C on question 8
Incentives for private land stewardship & conservation: D on question 8
Conservation partnerships to protect lands & watersheds: D on question 8
$60M for private stewardship; tax break on conservation land: B on question 8
Keep drilling; keep dams; keep private property: A on question 8
$6.5B to erase national parks' repair backlog: D on question 8
Proposes $211M to cleaning up brownfields: D on question 8
Against Kyoto & national monuments; for drilling ANWR: A on question 8
$450M annually for wildlife and open spaces: D on question 8
Clean up urban brownfields, in US as in Texas: D on question 8
6-point plan for brownfield cleanup: D on question 8
Reinvest in Conservation Fund; repair parks & refuges: D on question 8
Good stewardship is personal responsibility and public value: D on question 8
1999: Superfund cleanup is inefficient and cumbersome: B on question 8
Replace mandate/regulate/litigate with decentralized efforts: B on question 8
Can’t sue our way to clean air & water--work with industry: B on question 8
Keep fed enviro role but give money & flexibility to states: B on question 8
Cooperate with industry, instead of lawsuits & regulations: B on question 8
This question weighted at 25% importance.
(Relative importance: 24 out of 95 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 8 out of 12 statements:

UN is cumbersome, bureaucratic, & inefficient: B on question 9
Draw House districts by panel of non-partisan elders: A on question 9
92,000 more in Armed Forces; plus Civilian Reserve Corps: B on question 9
Be world’s peacemaker instead of world’s policeman: C on question 9
A free market promotes dreams and individuality: C on question 9
US troops will never be under UN command: B on question 9
Better equipment, better training, and better pay: B on question 9
$1B more for salary; $20B more for R&D for new weapons: B on question 9
Base “responsibility era” on Judeo-Christian values: A on question 9
International observers called Guantanamo a "model prison": B on question 9
We have tripled the amount of money on homeland security: B on question 9
Largest increase in defense $ in two decades: never too high: B on question 9
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 95 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: George W. Bush on the issues:

Former Obama Administration:
State:Hillary Clinton
DHS:Janet Napolitano

Former G.W.Bush Administration:
A.G.:John Ashcroft
State:Colin Powell
State:Condi Rice
HHS:Tommy Thompson
EPA:Christie Whitman

Former Clinton Administration:
HUD:Andrew Cuomo
Labor:Robert Reich
A.G.:Janet Reno

Past Presidents:
Pres.Barack Obama
Pres.George W. Bush
Pres.Bill Clinton
Pres.George H.W. Bush
Pres.Ronald Reagan
Pres.Jimmy Carter
Pres.Gerald Ford
Pres.Richard Nixon
Pres.Lyndon Johnson
Pres.John F. Kennedy
Pres.Harry S Truman
Pres.Dwight Eisenhower

Past Elected Officials:
Gov.Jeb Bush
Gov.Howard Dean
Sen.Ted Kennedy
Gov.Sarah Palin
Gov.Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gov.Jesse Ventura

Authors/Talk Show Hosts:
Pat Buchanan
Noam Chomsky
Gov.Mike Huckabee
Arianna Huffington
Rev.Jesse Jackson
Alan Keyes
Rush Limbaugh
Ralph Nader

Business Leaders:
Mike Bloomberg
Pete Coors
Steve Forbes
Ross Perot
Howard Schultz
Donald Trump
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Social Security
Tax Reform
War & Peace

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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