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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.
OnTheIssuesLogo Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee on AmericansElect.org Quiz

Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)



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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 2 out of 5 statements:

Reinstitute pay-as-you-go: match tax cuts & spending cuts: B on question 1
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: C on question 1
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: 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 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 37 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 7 out of 7 statements:

Close the SUV loophole and raise mileage standards overall: A on question 2
ANWR: Let's leave just one place off limits: A on question 2
Supports spending resources to stop Global Warming: A on question 2
Letter to Congress supporting renewable energy tax credit: A on question 2
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: A on question 2
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: A on question 2
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: A on question 2
This question weighted at 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 37 statements.)

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

Watch Mass’ individual mandates as possible national model: A on question 3
Supports More Federal Funding for Health Coverage: A on question 3
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: B on question 3
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 37 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 5 out of 7 statements:

Supports legalization path & guest worker programs: A on question 4
Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill: B on question 4
More programs for legal immigrants: A on question 4
Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid: 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
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: A on question 4
This question weighted at 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 37 statements.)

Question 5 answer C 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 'C' from 3 out of 5 statements:

Strong supporter of Palestinian-Israeli land-for-peace deal: C on question 5
Opposes linking Human Rights to trade with China: C on question 5
Supports continuing Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others: C on question 5
NO on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: 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: 5 out of 37 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 5 statements:

Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers: A on question 6
Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding: A on question 6
Supports vouchers & charters, plus more public funding: C on question 6
Rated 55% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: E on question 6
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: C on question 6
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 37 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 4 out of 7 statements:

Longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community: B on question 7
2006: Marriage Amendment ignores states' rights: C on question 7
Gay marriage is a state issue, not for federal constitution: C on question 7
Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”: B on question 7
Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights: B on question 7
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: B on question 7
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: C on question 7
This question weighted at 19% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 37 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 2 out of 5 statements:

We believe in environmental stewardship: C on question 8
Committee vote killed Bush's "Clear Skies" initiative: B on question 8
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: D on question 8
Rated 79% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: D on question 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: C on question 8
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 37 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 37 statements.)

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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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