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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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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 7 out of 9 statements:

Just two tax brackets: 10% below $100K; then 25% above that: A on question 1
I left MN with a balanced budget, not a $6B deficit: B on question 1
Refused to raise taxes to force fiscal responsibility: A on question 1
Simply wrong for government to spend large surpluses: B on question 1
20% corporate tax cut; 20% business exclusion: A on question 1
Reduce business tax from 3rd highest corporate tax rate: A on question 1
Bush tax cuts should have been permanent in the first place: A on question 1
Bush tax cuts should have permanent in the first place: A on question 1
Supports Single Sales Tax Reform: A on question 1
This question weighted at 23% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 39 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 4 out of 8 statements:

2005: Vetoed $250K for climate change research: D on question 2
Building, Benchmarks, & Beyond: reduce 200,000 tons of CO2: A on question 2
25% renewable by 2025: Requirement, not a goal: A on question 2
Increase supply; diversify sources; drill ANWR: D on question 2
The more oil supply, the better: D on question 2
Extend tax incentives for energy efficiency and energy R&D: A on question 2
Encourage development of locally owned wind energy sources: A on question 2
Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions: D on question 2
This question weighted at 21% importance.
(Relative importance: 8 out of 39 statements.)

Question 3 answer D 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 'D' from 5 out of 9 statements:

We did healthcare the right way in Minnesota: C on question 3
Romney and Obama plans are really just "ObamneyCare": C on question 3
No top-down, government-run, limited-choice system: D on question 3
ObamaCare's individual mandate encroaches our freedom: D on question 3
Shop around for best price & quality, like we do for TVs: D on question 3
2009 bill will break the bank, but not cut costs: D on question 3
Start toward universal coverage by covering all kids: A on question 3
Supports market-driven healthcare reform: D on question 3
Expand coverage: purchasing pools &Medical Savings Accounts: C on question 3
This question weighted at 23% importance.
(Relative importance: 9 out of 39 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 4 out of 5 statements:

If feds won't protect border, then let the states do it: C on question 4
No pathway to citizenship except military service: A on question 4
No pathway to citizenship except military service: C on question 4
Require federal electronic verification for state employment: C on question 4
Require federal electronic verification for state employment: C on question 4
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 39 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 5 out of 5 statements:

We should withdraw from Afghanistan more slowly: A on question 5
Arbitrary deadline in Iraq shouldn't supersede common sense: A on question 5
Decide Afghan withdrawal by strategy, not arbitrary deadline: A on question 5
2006: Growing problems in Iraq, but withdrawal disastrous: A on question 5
2007: Supported the surge; we're going all in: A on question 5
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 5 out of 39 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 2 statements:

Let school districts decide on teaching intelligent design: A on question 6
Parents should have educational options, like home schooling: A on question 6
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 39 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 2 out of 3 statements:

Voted for GLBT protection; later favored repealing the law: B on question 7
Opposite-sex marriage is cornerstone of society: A on question 7
Opposite-sex marriage is cornerstone of society: A on question 7
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 39 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 2 statements:

Should monitor EPA's over-regulatory stance: B on question 8
2007: 5-cent gas tax to replace bridges after I-35 collapse: B on question 8
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 39 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 2 out of 2 statements:

Obama is a declinist; I optimistically propose 5% growth: B on question 9
Over $2M for National Guard and numerous military programs: B on question 9
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 2 out of 39 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Tim Pawlenty on the issues:
Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
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

Former G.H.W.Bush Administration:
Labor:Liddy Dole
ED:Lamar Alexander

Past Presidents:
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

Past Vice Presidents:
V.P.Dick Cheney
V.P.Al Gore
V.P.Dan Quayle


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
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Jobs
Principles
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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