Thursday, August 12, 2004 Selectors

With all the Presidential Hoopla going on, I thought that I would take a quiz to see who I should be voting for. I know that I was really a HUGE supporter of Kerry until I saw him rooting for the BoSox so I figured that I should take this quiz to see who my political views are supported by. 2004 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SELECTOR

Here were your selector responses and results:

1. TAXES & SPENDING (Check any and all statements with which you agree): Reduce federal spending and taxes, even if this means shifting responsibility for providing services to state and local government, private industry, charitable groups and/or individuals.
Regardless of increases or decreases, it is vitally important that federal spending and taxes are balanced.
(Medium Importance)
2. Federally funded social services and poverty aid should be delivered through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations. These Bush
None of the above/Prefer alternate solutions/Not sure
(Medium Importance)
3. Federal funding of welfare and assistance to unemployed and under-employed individuals and families
No preference/None of the above/Prefer alternate solutions
(Medium Importance)
4. Federal funding of "corporate welfare", which has been defined as "special government subsidies or benefits that are targeted to specific industries or businesses"
Should be decreased
(Medium Importance)
Since 9-11 the issues of civil rights and liberties have come in conflict with issues of security.
Law enforcement agencies should be granted greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches.
America should adopt stricter standards for international student visas.
Terrorist suspects should be tried in civilian courts with due process protections (rather than in military tribunals).
(High Importance)
It is appropriate for the U.S. to support the formation of a Palestinian state.
It is appropriate for the US to maintain a non-interventionist foreign policy.
It is bad policy for the US to attack an enemy nation pre-emptively.
(Medium Importance)
Increase federal funding of public schools.
Support tax incentives and/or increased federal funding of programs such as grants and loans to help students attend college.
(High Importance)
Support the concept of federally funded national healthcare coverage for all or most Americans.
(Medium Importance)
Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax into private investments.
(Medium Importance)
10. ILLICIT DRUGS Laws and penalties regarding illegal drugs such as a narcotics, hallucinogens, etc.
Prevent and reduce drug use through education and counseling, but do not legalize drugs.
(Medium Importance)
11. TRADE--
On issues of trade with other countries, my ideal candidate would favor the following
More restrictive "Fair Trade" policies.
(Medium Importance)
12. GUN POLICY -- Regarding the following special interest groups, my ideal candidate will generally support the positions of
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a group that "supports a ban on the importation, manufacture, sale and transfer of handguns and assault weapons, with reasonable exceptions for police, military, security personnel, gun clubs, and antique and collectable firearms stored in inoperable condition. Hunting weapons, such as shotguns and rifles, would be unaffected by these bans."
(High Importance)
13. ABORTION POLICY -- Regarding the following special interest groups, my ideal candidate will generally support the positions of
Planned Parenthood, a group that "believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence."
(High Importance)
14. ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY -- Regarding the positions of the League of Conservation Voters, self-described as "the political voice of the national environmental movement and the only organization devoted full-time to shaping a pro-environment Congress", my ideal candidate will generally
Share the positions of the League of Conservation Voters
(Medium Importance)
15. MINORITY ISSUES -- Regarding the positions of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), whose stated goal is the "elimination of all barriers to political, educational, social and economic equality".) my ideal candidate will generally
No preference/None of the above/Prefer alternate solutions
(Medium Importance)
16. CIVIL LIBERTIES -- Regarding the positions of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) an organization that describes themselves as "our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States", my ideal candidate will generally:
Share the positions of the ACLU
(Medium Importance)
17. CANDIDATE VIABILITY -- Remove from scoring consideration those candidates on my list:


1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)

2. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (72%)

3. Cobb, David - Green Party (70%)

4. Nader, Ralph - Independent (70%)

5. Brown, Walt - Socialist Party (59%)

6. Badnarik, Michael - Libertarian (39%)

7. Bush, President George W. - Republican (30%)

8. Peroutka, Michael - Constitution Party (17%)

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