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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 Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich on AmericansElect.org Quiz

Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House



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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 8 out of 10 statements:

Only leadership can balance the budget: B on question 1
Modernizing government would save $500B per year in waste: A on question 1
No sequel to failed stimulus & job-killing policies: A on question 1
Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes: A on question 1
The Super-committee is as dumb an idea as I've ever heard: A on question 1
Obama's "balanced approach" is code for raise taxes: A on question 1
1995-97: Pushed for (and got) capital gains tax cut: C on question 1
Tax hikes retard growth and depress revenues: A on question 1
Opposing taxes is a key conservative value: A on question 1
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: A on question 1
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 76 statements.)

Question 2 answer D 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 'D' from 6 out of 7 statements:

Every green tax credit is a tax loophole: D on question 2
2008 petition drive: Drill here, Drill now, Pay less: D on question 2
2008 book: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less: D on question 2
Billion-dollar prize for first mass-produced hydrogen car: A on question 2
Stop scare tactics about drilling in Alaska: D on question 2
Gas tax sounds OK in DC, but not outside Beltway: D on question 2
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: D on question 2
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 76 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 6 out of 11 statements:

HillaryCare mandate ok; ObamaCare mandate unconstitutional: C on question 3
Rampant Medicaid/Medicare fraud: stop paying the crooks: C on question 3
If you mandate healthcare, you mandate everything in life: C on question 3
21st-century personalized intelligent health system: C on question 3
Market competition yields more health choice at lower prices: D on question 3
Tax credits for developing technology for disabilities: B on question 3
Re-focus Medicare on preventive health instead of sickness: C on question 3
Focus on prevention; would save $14B with diabetes: B on question 3
Ongoing battle against liberals nationalizing healthcare: D on question 3
Too much reform puts 1/7 of US economy at risk: C on question 3
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: D on question 3
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 76 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 5 out of 10 statements:

Review all illegal aliens & if you have no ties, go home: A on question 4
Illegal aliens born in the US should not be deported: A on question 4
Employers should use e-verify for all hires: D on question 4
I voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program: C on question 4
Citizen Boards to decide which immigrants stay and go: C on question 4
Use National Guard on US-Mexican border: D on question 4
Deport 55,000 illegal aliens with multiple arrest records: C on question 4
Lax border security lets in terrorists: D on question 4
Make it harder to sneak in, but easier for guest workers: C on question 4
1989: Let Tiananmen students overstay visas: C on question 4
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 76 statements.)

Question 5 answer B 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 'B' from 3 out of 7 statements:

No US conventional forces in Libya: B on question 5
Get out of Arab region rapidly; make new strategy: B on question 5
Be prepared in a very militant and aggressive way: A on question 5
Gingrich-plus-up: $1B increase in 1990s Pentagon funding: A on question 5
We need a dramatically expanded use of statecraft: D on question 5
Iraq & Syria are enemies--ok to talk if we understand that: C on question 5
Defend America & allies with information policies: B on question 5
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 76 statements.)

Question 6 answer B 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 'B' from 6 out of 13 statements:

Dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education: B on question 6
Dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education: C on question 6
I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top: B on question 6
Let parents choose public, private, parochial, or homeschool: B on question 6
More learning options: community college-run charter schools: B on question 6
Offer coupons to send kids to schools that work best: A on question 6
America’s high schools are obsolete: B on question 6
Pay kids as incentive to learn math and science: B on question 6
Introduce competition among schools and teachers: A on question 6
Encourage private sector in math and science education: A on question 6
Support charters; insist on change for failing schools: A on question 6
Private scholarships for students at hopeless schools: A on question 6
Voucherize inner-city programs from schools to groceries: A on question 6
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 76 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 5 statements:

I helped author DOMA; if it fails, amend Constitution: A on question 7
Army & Marines wanted Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell: A on question 7
Stop forcing same-sex marriage on religious organizations: A on question 7
Foreign opinion has no relevance to US same-sex marriage: A on question 7
Half-sister, a lesbian lobbyist: "Newt promotes tolerance": B on question 7
This question weighted at 7% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 76 statements.)

Question 8 answer B 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 'B' from 2 out of 6 statements:

Replace EPA with new Environmental Solutions Agency: B on question 8
Greatest enviro dangers are poverty & command bureaucracy: A on question 8
Focus on incentives for conservation & renewable resources: B on question 8
Combine healthy environment and a healthy economy: C on question 8
Early 1980s: co-sponsored Endangered Species Act: D on question 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: D on question 8
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 76 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 3 out of 7 statements:

Start speaking out in favor of American Exceptionalism: B on question 9
American Exceptionalism is central to our nation's survival: B on question 9
Five habits of liberty sustain American Exceptionalism: A on question 9
Lead the world into Third Wave Information Age: C on question 9
American Exceptionalism: uniquely far-reaching individualism: B on question 9
Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill: A on question 9
Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money: A on question 9
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 76 statements.)

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