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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 6 out of 8 statements:

Cut spending & keep the tax burden low: A on question 1
Spending cuts preferred, but eliminating tax loopholes ok: B on question 1
Maintain Bush tax cuts after 2010: A on question 1
15 percent across the board tax cut: A on question 1
Permanently eliminate the estate tax: A on question 1
People are angry over tax and spend mentality and $12T debt: A on question 1
Voted NO on $300M to offset the budget deficit via bonds: B on question 1
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: A on question 1
This question weighted at 32% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 25 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 3 out of 6 statements:

Energy efficiency yes; energy tax no: B on question 2
"All of the above" approach to energy independence: B on question 2
Cap-and-trade is a national energy tax: D on question 2
Opposes cap-and-trade system, but renewables OK: B on question 2
Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology: C on question 2
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: D on question 2
This question weighted at 24% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 25 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 7 out of 13 statements:

Supported RomneyCare in 2006; it's different than ObamaCare: C on question 3
Massachusetts system good; ObamaCare no good: C on question 3
Massachusetts system good; ObamaCare no good: C on question 3
Massachusetts system good; ObamaCare no good: C on question 3
MA voters took up Brown's offer as 41st vote against Obama: D on question 3
41st vote against Obama's healthcare plan: D on question 3
MA already has health bill; don't impose new federal bill: C on question 3
MA already has health bill; don't impose new federal bill: C on question 3
Public option is really a government option: C on question 3
Voted NO on Constitutional call for universal health care: D on question 3
Supported $10M cut in the uncompensated care pool: D on question 3
Ensure access to basic health care, including state funding: B on question 3
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: B on question 3
This question weighted at 52% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 25 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 3 statements:

Tighten our borders; no blanket amnesty: C on question 4
Tighten our borders; no blanket amnesty: C on question 4
Opposed two-way bilingual programs; supported English-only: C on question 4
This question weighted at 12% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 25 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 1 out of 2 statements:

Act in US interest without UN, but that includes foreign aid: A on question 5
Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes: D on question 5
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 25 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 3 out of 4 statements:

Transparency on teacher effectiveness and school funding: B on question 6
Curriculum set by local school boards more than nationally: B on question 6
Curriculum set by local school boards more than nationally: B on question 6
Vouchers for public, private, or religious schools: A on question 6
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 25 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 2 out of 4 statements:

Civil unions ok; federal same-sex marriage not ok: B on question 7
Gay marriage is a resolved issue in Massachusetts: C on question 7
Voted YES on defining marriage as one man and one woman: A on question 7
Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights: B on question 7
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 25 statements.)

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

Strong advocate for conservation; protect natural resources: D on question 8
Opposed keeping park maintenance funding within MDC: C on question 8
State funding for open space & pollution cleanup: C on question 8
Allow longer than 10 years to rebuild depleted fisheries: B on question 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: C on question 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: D on question 8
This question weighted at 24% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 25 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 1 out of 1 statements:

YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: B on question 9
This question weighted at 4% importance.
(Relative importance: 1 out of 25 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Scott Brown on the issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
MA Senatorial:
Alan Khazei
Bob Underwood
Brian Herr
Brian Macdonald
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Ed O`Reilly
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
Jeff Beatty
Joe L. Kennedy
John Kerry
Kenneth Chase
Kevin Scott
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan
Ted Kennedy

Retiring in 2014 election:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

Retired as of Jan. 2013:
AZ:Kyl(R)
CT:Lieberman(D)
HI:Akaka(D)
ND:Conrad(D)
NM:Bingaman(D)
TX:Hutchison(R)
VA:Webb(D)
WI:Kohl(D)
Senate Retirements 2014:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
OK:Coburn(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

Senate races Nov. 2014:
AK: Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AL: Sessions(R,unopposed)
AR: Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R)
CO: Udall(D) vs.Gardner(R) vs.Baumgardner(R) vs.Buck(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Stephens(R)
DE: Coons(D) vs.O`Donnell(R)
GA: Gingrey(R) vs.Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R) vs.Kingston(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R)
IA: Braley(D) vs.Whitaker(R) vs.Ernst(R) vs.Clovis(R)
ID: Risch(R) vs.Mitchell(D)
IL: Durbin(D) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L) vs.Truax(R)
KS: Roberts(R) vs.Tiahrt(R) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Taylor(D) vs.Sebelius(D)
KY: McConnell(R) vs.Bevin(R) vs.Grimes(D)
LA: Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
MA: Markey(D) vs.Herr(R) vs.Skarin(I) vs.Gomez(R)
ME: Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MI: Land(R) vs.Peters(D) vs.Wiedenhoeft(R)
MN: Franken(D) vs.McFadden(R) vs.Abeler(R) vs.Ortman(R)
MS: Cochran(R) vs.McDaniel(R) vs.Childers(D)
MT: Walsh(D) vs.Bohlinger(D) vs.Daines(R) vs.Edmunds(R)
NC: Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R)
NE: Sasse(R) vs.Domina(D) vs.Osborn(R)
NH: Shaheen(D) vs.Martin(R) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R)
NJ: Booker(D) vs.Sabrin(R) vs.Lonegan(R)
NM: Udall(D) vs.Weh(R) vs.Clements(R)
OK-2: Shannon(R) vs.Lankford(R)
OK-6: Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR: Merkley(D) vs.Wehby(R) vs.Conger(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Carcieri(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) vs.Dickerson(D) vs.Wade(D)
SC-6: Graham(R) vs.Stamper(D) vs.Mace(R) vs.Bright(R)
SD: Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I)
TN: Alexander(R) vs.Carr(R)
TX: Cornyn(R) vs.Alameel(D) vs.Roland(L) vs.Stockman(R)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.Raese(R) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
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Budget/Economy
Campaign Finance
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Gay Issues
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Iraq/Mideast
Infrastructure
Jobs/Farming
Medicare/Rx
Principles
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
War/Peace
Welfare/Poverty

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