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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 1 out of 3 statements:

Opposed $700B rescue package; it only helps Wall Street: A on question 1
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: C on question 1
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: D on question 1
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 38 statements.)

Question 2 answer A on Energy:

When you think about Americaís 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 5 out of 7 statements:

Tax credits for wind-power, not for oil companies: A on question 2
Supports cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases: C on question 2
US failed to lead by refusing to sign onto the Kyoto accords: A on question 2
US failed to lead by refusing to sign onto the Kyoto accords: D on question 2
Investing in renewable energy is win-win-win-win-win: A on question 2
Apollo project for renewable energy development: A on question 2
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: A on question 2
This question weighted at 18% importance.
(Relative importance: 7 out of 38 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 3 out of 6 statements:

We need to go to universal health care: A on question 3
Full funding for state-based coverage, but not single payer: B on question 3
Universal health care as soon as possible: A on question 3
Root cause of many problems is no access to healthcare: A on question 3
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: B on question 3
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: B on question 3
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 38 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 1 out of 3 statements:

Support guest worker programs for seasonal jobs: C on question 4
Enforce immigration law at the worksite, not at the border: B on question 4
We need comprehensive immigration reform: A on question 4
This question weighted at 8% importance.
(Relative importance: 3 out of 38 statements.)

Question 5 answer D 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 'D' from 10 out of 11 statements:

A great nation meets its obligations; pay up our UN dues: D on question 5
There is a difference between leading the world & ruling it: D on question 5
Foreign Development Assistance is right thing & smart thing: D on question 5
Foreign Development Assistance is right thing & smart thing: C on question 5
Prohibit torture & interrogation banned by Geneva Convention: D on question 5
Prohibit torture & interrogation banned by Geneva Convention: D on question 5
Supports International Criminal Court: D on question 5
Supports International Criminal Court: D on question 5
Keep our country safe; but Iraq was a mistake: D on question 5
Convene a regional conference in the Middle East: D on question 5
The litany of mistakes in Iraq is endless: D on question 5
This question weighted at 29% importance.
(Relative importance: 11 out of 38 statements.)

Question 6 answer C 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 'C' from 4 out of 6 statements:

No Child Left Behind law must be dramatically reformed: D on question 6
Invest in early childhood education: C on question 6
Improve low-performing schools instead of punishing them: C on question 6
Fully fund our public schools: D on question 6
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: C on question 6
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: C on question 6
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 38 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:

ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: B on question 7
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: B on question 7
Sponsored bill prohibiting sexual-identity discrimination: C on question 7
Sponsored enforcing against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: C on question 7
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 38 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 2 out of 4 statements:

Invest in our nationís physical infrastructure: C on question 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: C on question 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: A on question 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: D on question 8
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 4 out of 38 statements.)

Question 9 answer C 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 'C' from 5 out of 6 statements:

Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons: C on question 9
Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons: C on question 9
Investigate waste, fraud, & abuse in Iraq contracts: C on question 9
Iím a fair trader; enforce labor, safety, & environment: C on question 9
US intervention in Iran has made it worse: C on question 9
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: B on question 9
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 38 statements.)

Other candidates' AmericansElect.org quiz: Al Franken on the issues:
MN Gubernatorial:
Mark Dayton
MN Senatorial:
Amy Klobuchar
Dan Severson
Dean Barkley
Ford Bell
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
James Niemackl
Jesse Ventura
Jim Abeler
Kurt Bills
Mark Kennedy
Michael Cavlan
Mike McFadden
Robert Fitzgerald

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)
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.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.Conger(R) vs.Wehby(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Carcieri(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) 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.Stockman(R) vs.Roland(L)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Raese(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
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Energy/Oil
Environment
Families
Foreign Policy
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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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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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