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2016 Republican incumbent President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President

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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 12 statements:

FactCheck: No, steel & auto investments aren't skyrocketing: D on question 1
Worst recovery since Great Depression; we're in a bubble: A on question 1
Strong on debt limit; ask for a pound of flesh: A on question 1
Grow the economy at 6% annually by ending inversions: B on question 1
Government must cut spending more: A on question 1
0% corporate tax would create millions of jobs: A on question 1
Raising business tax causes businesses to move jobs overseas: A on question 1
4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death tax & corporate tax: A on question 1
Previously supported wealth tax; now supports Bush tax cuts: A on question 1
Opposes flat tax; benefits wealthy too much: D on question 1
One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt: D on question 1
Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years: D on question 1
This question weighted at 48% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 25 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 13 out of 18 statements:

EPA is killing energy companies; 1,000 years of clean coal: D on question 2
America invested in solar panels and it was a disaster: D on question 2
Wind energy projects are industrial monstrosities: D on question 2
Windmills are destroying shorelines all over the world: D on question 2
Solar hasn't caught on because it has a 32-year payback: D on question 2
We need nuclear energy, and we need a lot of it fast: C on question 2
Green buildings take 40 years to get investment back: C on question 2
Expand sales of corn ethanol year-round to 15%: B on question 2
Climate change isn't a hoax, but don't spend trillions on it: C on question 2
Focus on disease & clean water, not "climate change": D on question 2
Climate change is a hoax: D on question 2
FactCheck: US has been #1 producer of oil & gas since 2013: D on question 2
Net exporter for the first time in 65 years: D on question 2
Revive the coal industry; end efforts to curb carbon: D on question 2
Fracking will lead to American energy independence: C on question 2
We have 2 trillion barrels of oil; enough for 283 years: D on question 2
No Cap-and-Tax: oil is this country's lifeblood: D on question 2
It's incredible how slowly we're drilling for oil: D on question 2
This question weighted at 44% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 41 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 14 out of 23 statements:

FactCheck: Sued to end pre-existing condition protection: D on question 3
Medicare for All is really Medicare for None: D on question 3
Why can't Medicare simply cover everybody?: B on question 3
Lack of mental healthcare is greatest tragedy today: B on question 3
Focus on greatest bang for the buck, not public health: D on question 3
Insurance companies love a lack of competition: C on question 3
Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits: B on question 3
Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible: C on question 3
Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone: B on question 3
We must have universal health care: A on question 3
FactCheck: Opposed ObamaCare's pre-existing condition law: D on question 3
Strike down ObamaCare as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster: D on question 3
ObamaCare collapses under its own weight if we don't repeal: D on question 3
ObamaCare will never work; repeal it and replace it: D on question 3
The whole of ObamaCare was a fraud: D on question 3
ObamaCare is government control over our everyday lives: D on question 3
Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate: C on question 3
Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare: D on question 3
Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts: D on question 3
ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced: D on question 3
ObamaCare deductibles are so high that it's useless: D on question 3
Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight: C on question 3
Supports repealing mandated health insurance: D on question 3
This question weighted at 37% importance.
(Relative importance: 23 out of 63 statements.)

Question 4 answer D 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 'D' from 18 out of 29 statements:
This question weighted at 32% importance.
(Relative importance: 29 out of 90 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 18 out of 28 statements:

America's unique destiny is to be the beacon amongst nations: A on question 5
Iran is a terrorist regime, so withdrew from nuclear deal: A on question 5
Respectfully check mosques; we have to look at profiling: A on question 5
Make America great again: B on question 5
U.S. has become dumping ground for everybody else's problems: A on question 5
Ignore career diplomats who insist on nuance: B on question 5
American interests come first; no apologies: A on question 5
Things change; empires come and go: C on question 5
3% of GNP for military is too low: A on question 5
Use force to stop North Korean nuke development: A on question 5
No humanitarian intervention; only to direct threats: A on question 5
Reject ideology of globalism; embrace doctrine of patriotism: A on question 5
Foreign aid only for allies with shared values: A on question 5
Don't surrender to the false song of globalism: A on question 5
Withdraw from Paris Agreement, to put America first: A on question 5
Replace a Muslim ban with an extreme vetting of Muslims: A on question 5
Jerusalem is Israel's capital but Palestinian capital open: A on question 5
Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital: A on question 5
Opening gates to Syrian refugees invites in ISIS: B on question 5
Provide economic assistance to create a safe zone in Syria: C on question 5
Stop sending aid to countries that hate us: B on question 5
More sanctions on Iran; more support of Israel: B on question 5
2012: Get tough on Pakistan; 2016: lavish praise on Pakistan: C on question 5
China should make Kim Jong Un disappear: A on question 5
It's good that Putin says nice things about me: C on question 5
No apology for banning Muslims from entering America: A on question 5
Syrian refugees are a Trojan Horse: A on question 5
Supports standing with the nation of israel: C on question 5
This question weighted at 24% importance.
(Relative importance: 28 out of 115 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 7 out of 13 statements:

I may cut Department of Education: B on question 6
Dept. of Education runs top-down one-size-fits-all system: C on question 6
We spend more per student than any other nation: B on question 6
Common Core is a disaster: A on question 6
Opposes Common Core: B on question 6
Common Core means Washington tells you what to study: B on question 6
Call them vouchers or scholarships; I call it competition: A on question 6
Disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools: A on question 6
Money follows student to public, private or religious school: A on question 6
Let schools compete: charters, vouchers, and magnets: A on question 6
Bring on the competition; tear down the union walls: B on question 6
School choice will improve public schools: A on question 6
Supports vouchers to let parents choose public or private school: A on question 6
This question weighted at 10% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 126 statements.)

Question 7 answer C 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 'C' from 4 out of 12 statements:

Ban on transgender people serving openly in the US military: A on question 7
Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not on statehouses: C on question 7
Global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality: C on question 7
1980s: personal lawyer gay & closeted & Trump kept secret: B on question 7
2000: extend Civil Rights Act to apply to gays and lesbians: C on question 7
Sexual orientation is invalid reason for firing workers: C on question 7
After Supreme Court vote, gay marriage is a reality: B on question 7
Same-sex marriage is a state issue: A on question 7
No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits: A on question 7
No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits: A on question 7
Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays: B on question 7
Denounce Iran's human rights record via focus on LGBT issues: B on question 7
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 12 out of 137 statements.)

Question 8 answer A 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 'A' from 6 out of 13 statements:

2008: pushed Scotland golf course despite enviro fragility: B on question 8
Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers: A on question 8
Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education: B on question 8
Get rid of the regulations that are just destroying us: B on question 8
Won't go to circuses that cut elephants due to animal rights: A on question 8
Good development enhances the environment: B on question 8
Make desalinization affordable; rebuild water infrastructure: D on question 8
WOTUS 2018: limited definition of protected waterways: A on question 8
Overrule Fisheries Commission and allow more fish harvesting: C on question 8
Regulations by unelected officials reward special interests: A on question 8
Cut the EPA; what they do is a disgrace: A on question 8
Asbestos got a bad rap from miners & mob-led movement: A on question 8
Bureaucratic land use reviews make projects unbuildable: B on question 8
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 149 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 1 out of 1 statements:

Embrace globalization and international markets: C on question 9
This question weighted at 1% importance.
(Relative importance: 1 out of 149 statements.)

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Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
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Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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