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Below are the summary results of our VoteMatch 20-question political quiz, with analysis of the responses in terms of McCain's & Obama's stances from the 2008 elections. This data represents 15,800 VoteMatch quiz responses in the period January 1 through Dec. 31, 2008. Click on the links below for excerpts on each topic, or click for a summary of Obama's VoteMatch answers and McCain's VoteMatch answers, with headlines evidencing how we concluded their answer to each question. Click on the "analysis" link to see background and details about the question.

Abortion is a Woman's Right    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 59% agree with Obama's pro-choice stance, and only 34% with McCain's pro-life stance. This issue has the fewest people answering "no opinion" of any VoteMatch issue (only 7%), which reflects the fact that it is overwhelmingly the issue with the most voter interest (as indicated by our viewership statistics). Click for all candidates' headlines on abortion or for background information.
 
Require Companies To Hire More Women/Minorities    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: Obama supports Affirmative Action but questions its effectiveness; McCain supports Affirmative Access with more focus on process than outcome. Note that our question specifies REQUIREMENT: 39% support that, and 45% oppose it. (This has changed from 35% support and 51% oppose in 2003-2004, the largest shift for any question which had identical wording then). Click for all candidates' headlines on Civil Rights or for background information.
 
Sexual Orientation Protected By Civil Rights Law    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 61% agree with Obama's relatively pro-gay leave-it-to-the-states stance, and 25% with McCain's Defense-of-Marriage stance. The response pattern indicates a divisive issue: both "strongly" bars are larger than their corresponding non-strong bars. The "strongly support" bar has the highest response of any quiz question (and has grown since 2003-2004) -- this is attributable to the growing interest and growing divisiveness in this topic due to the advent of same-sex marriages. Click for all candidates' headlines on Civil Rights or for background information.
 
Permit Prayer In Public Schools    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: It's difficult to decode the candidates's stances on religious issues, since both are wary of issues of separation of church and state, and neither wants to be seen as anti-religion. But McCain is considerably more willing to federally fund values education, which the results above would imply are supported by 49% of voters. 37% oppose school prayer, which implies a closer match to Obama's "no" vote on voluntary prayer. Click for all candidates' headlines on Education or for headlines on Values.
 
Death Penalty    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: McCain supports the death penalty, and Obama is opposed. McCain's fervent support is backed up by 49% of voters. Obama's opposition is backed by 38% of voters (a shift from 47%-43% in 2003-2004). Click for all candidates' headlines on Crime or for background information.
 
Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: McCain supports mandatory sentencing, which matches voter preference: 47% to 35% opposed. Obama prefers prevention (support for mandatory sentencing has waned since 2003-2004). McCain is more fervent than the wording of this question, in favor of "Two Strikes" and limited parole, including minors. Click for all candidates' headlines on Crime or for background information.
 
Absolute Right To Gun Ownership    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: The Gun Control issue is second in the Big Three issues in terms of viewer interest, behind Abortion and ahead of Education -- all the other issues are very distantly behind. Voters are split on the issue: 42% agree with McCain's pro-gun rights stance, while 44% agree with Obama's pro-registration stance. Click for all candidates' headlines on Gun_Control or for background information.
 
More Federal Funding For Health Coverage    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: This is the most lopsided of any response: 66% in favor, versus only 20% opposing. Accordingly, McCain has been promoting various spending programs, such as Medicare prescription drugs. But health care is generally seen as a Democratic issue, favoring Obama's more fervent stance of incrementally reaching universal coverage. Click for all candidates' headlines on Health Care or for background information.
 
Privatize Social Security    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: Only 35% agree with Obama's stance to keep Social Security within the federal government, while 44% agree with McCain's stance of privatization (but support of privatization has waned since the 2003-2004 score of 56%-29%). Social Security until recently was called the "Third Rail" of politics -- touch it and you die -- but clearly the voters are ready for a change. This question is perhaps the most skewed by our demographics -- our respondents are all Internet users, and hence are younger and more affluent than the general population. Click for all candidates' headlines on Social Security or for background information.
 
Parents Choose Schools Via Vouchers    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 44% agree with Obama's stance to fund public schools only, and 37% agree with McCain's stance to fund vouchers for private schools. Education is primarily a non-federal issue, with 93% of funding and most decisions occuring at the state and local levels. But education is solidly third in voter interest (behind abortion and guns, as measured by our viewership statistics -- it has slipped from second place in 2003-2004), so the candidates are obligated to make their views known despite the limited power of the presidency on this issue. Click for all candidates' headlines on School Choice or for background information.
 
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy     Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: The environmental issue is the most lopsided issue on which the candidates sharply differ; this is a particularly sharp difference because the question is worded in terms of direct conservation. 59% agree with Obama's stance that global warming is a serious threat, and 23% with McCain's stance drill for more oil. Click for all candidates' headlines on Energy or for background on Environment or background on Energy issues.
 
Drug Use Is Immoral: Enforce Laws Against It    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 48% support the Drug War, while 38% oppose it. This has not been much of a campaign issue but McCain & Obama disagree: Obama would restrict Drug War funding, while McCain would implement stronger penalties. Click for all candidates' headlines on Drugs or for background information.
 
Allow Churches To Provide Welfare Services    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: Both McCain & Obama once again agree with a voter consensus: 51% favor welfare services by private organization while only 28% oppose it. Obama favors continuing welfare reform, and McCain favors faith-based organizations. Click for all candidates' headlines on welfare & poverty or for background information.
 
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy     Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 51% agree with a flatter tax structure and only 33% oppose. Tax cuts are generally seen as a Republican issue, so this consensus favors McCain. McCain favors a making the tax cuts permanent; Obama favors cuts targeted to the middle class. Click for all candidates' headlines on Tax Reform or for background information.
 
Immigration Helps Our Economy - Encourage It    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: Immigration has a very large number of viewers answering "No opinion", at 21%. And the results, 39% in favor and 40% opposed, indicate a lack of voter consensus as well. This result is nearly unchanged since 2003-2004 despite the post-September-11 focus on immigration issues. McCain has mixed views, calling for tougher enforcement and a temporary worker program. Obama is just as ambiguous, calling for earned citizenship but limits on visas. Click for all candidates' headlines on Immigration or for background information.
 
Support and Expand Free Trade    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: Free Trade has the smallest strong opposition of our 20 issues (7%, despite the ongoing anti-globalization movement), as well as a strong consensus in favor: 58% to only 23% opposed. McCain & Obama agree in supporting free trade, with McCain promoting the free market, and Obama voting for free trade agreements while insisting on labor and environmental standards. Click for all candidates' headlines on Free Trade or for background information.
 
More Spending On Armed Forces     Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: This is another strong voter consensus; 54% in favor with only 29% opposed, despite that the wording says MORE spending, not just MAINTAIN spending, which favors the Republican viewpoint. McCain & Obama outdo each other in pledging better military pay; but they differ on what else they would spend on, with McCain focusing on a general military buildup and Obama focusing on veterans' benefits. Cheney's calls for better readiness tend to reinforce this as a Republican issue. Click for all candidates' headlines on Iraq in general, or for background information.
 
Reduce Spending on Missile Defense ("Star Wars")    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 44% favor, and 37% oppose, a shift against Star Wars since the 42%-42% split in 2003-2004. McCain wants to deploy national missile defense; Obama would work within the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Click for all candidates' headlines on Homeland Security, or for background information.
 
Link Human Rights To Trade With China    Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 51% favor restrictions on China trade, with only 25% opposing. This is the only issue of our 20 questions where McCain & Obama both disagree with the voter's preference -- Obama voted for China PNTR; McCain agrees and would add Taiwan to the WTO as well. Their agreement is not surprising, since Clinton, Gore, and the Republican Congress have also agreed on this issue. What is surprising is the strong public consensus against it, which only Nader acknowledges, and even he has not come out strongly on this issue. Click for all candidates' headlines on Foreign Policy or for background information.
 
Seek UN approval for military action     Strongly Support
 
Support
 
No Opinion
 
Oppose
 
Strongly Oppose
 
Analysis: 57% favor multilateralism and 25% oppose it. McCain claims to be an internationalist but post-9-11 speaks more in favor of unilateralism. Obama would bring the UN into Iraq. Click for all candidates' headlines on Foreign Policy or for background information.


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