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2014 Political Quiz

Try this short quiz to see which political party you side with.

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Where do you side on social issues?

What is your stance on abortion? Learn more

Abortion is a medical procedure resulting in the termination of a human pregnancy and death of a fetus. Abortion was banned in 30 states until the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. The ruling made abortion legal in all 50 states but gave them regulatory powers over when abortions could be performed during a pregnancy. Currently, all states must allow abortions early in pregnancies but may ban them in later trimeters.  See public opinion

What is your stance on abortion? Opinions Discuss

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage? Learn more

In 1996 the federal government enacted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which allowed states to not recognize same sex marriages granted by other states. In June 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that that DOMA was unconstitutional. Currently, thirteen states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington), issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.  See public opinion

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage? Opinions Discuss

Should the federal government allow the death penalty? Learn more

The death penalty or capital punishment is the punishment by death for a crime. Currently 58 countries worldwide allow the death penalty (including the U.S.) while 97 countries have outlawed it.  See public opinion

Should the federal government allow the death penalty? Opinions Discuss

Should the government require health insurance companies to provide free birth control? Learn more

On August 1st, 2012 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) required all health insurers and employers to cover the cost of contraceptives in their health insurance plans. The provision currently exempts religious organizations and churches.  See public opinion

Should the government require health insurance companies to provide free birth control? Opinions Discuss

Should the U.S. remove references to God from currency, federal buildings, national monuments and other aspects of government?

Should the U.S. remove references to God from currency, federal buildings, national monuments and other aspects of government? Opinions Discuss

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? Learn more

Euthanasia, the practice of ending a life prematurely in order to end pain and suffering, is currently considered a criminal offense.  See public opinion

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? Opinions Discuss

Where do you side on environmental issues?

Is Global Warming a threat to the environment? Learn more

Global warming, or climate change, is an increase in the earth's atmospheric temperature since the late nineteenth century. In politics the debate over global warming is centered on whether this increase in temperature is due to greenhouse gas emissions or is the result of a natural pattern in the earth's temperature.  See public opinion

Is Global Warming a threat to the environment? Opinions Discuss

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling? Learn more

In 1990 President George H.W. Bush passed an executive order banning all offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters. In response to rising gas prices in 2008 President George W. Bush lifted the ban. Currently, there are 3,500 offshore oil rigs, 79 of which are deep water wells.  See public opinion

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling? Opinions Discuss

Should National Parks continue to be preserved and protected by the federal government?

Should National Parks continue to be preserved and protected by the federal government? Opinions Discuss

Should the federal government continue to give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry? Learn more

As of July 2013, nearly 4% of all electricity generated in the U.S. is produced by wind turbines. By installing wind turbines on their properties farmers can earn up to tens of thousands of dollars per year in tax credits. Since 2008 these tax credits have amounted to more than $14 Billion.  See public opinion

Should the federal government continue to give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry? Opinions Discuss

Should the US provide incentives for heavy duty trucks to run on natural gas or alternative fuel? Learn more

In President Obama's January 28th State of The Union address he announced that he would issue an executive order to double the average fuel efficiency of cars and trucks by 2025. By raising the standards administration officials estimate that Americans will reduce their annual consumption of oil by 12 billion barrels and save them $1.7 trillion in fuel costs. Opponents say that automakers will have to absorb enormous costs to make their cars and trucks meet the standards and consumers will ultimately bear the cost due to the higher retail prices of new automobiles. Thirteen major automakers have spoken in support of the rule which will be subject to a cost review in 2020. If automakers are not yet near the standards at that time the mileage could be reduced to match their capabilities.  See public opinion

Feel free to add your own stance but keep in mind that it will not count towards your results since it is not linked to any of the candidates* Opinions Discuss

Should the United States require labeling of genetically engineered foods? Learn more

Currently, GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods in the United States are not classified differently by the FDA and do not require labeling. Although no reports of ill effects from GMO foods have been documented, advocacy groups such as Greenpeace and the Organic Consumers Association argue that past studies cannot be trusted because they were sponsored by pro-GMO companies and do not measure the long-term effects on humans, the environment, and nature. Opponents argue that labeling adds an unfounded stigma over organic foods and that if a nutritional or allergenic difference were found, current FDA regulations would already require a label.  See public opinion

Should the United States require labeling of genetically engineered foods? Opinions Discuss

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?  Learn more

Fracking is the process of extracting oil or natural gas from shale rock. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which fractures the rock and allows the oil or gas to flow out to a well. While fracking has significantly boosted oil production, there are environmental concerns that the process is contaminating groundwater.  See public opinion

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources? Opinions Discuss

Where do you side on economic issues?

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage? Learn more

The federal minimum wage is the lowest wage at which employers may pay their employees. As of July 24, 2009 the U.S. federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  See public opinion

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage? Opinions Discuss

Should able-bodied, mentally capable adults who receive welfare be required to work?

Should able-bodied, mentally capable adults who receive welfare be required to work? Opinions Discuss

Should the federal government subsidize U.S. farmers?

Should the federal government subsidize U.S. farmers? Opinions Discuss

Should the U.S. reduce corporate income tax rates? Learn more

Currently, federal corporate income tax rates vary from 15% to 35%. Due to loopholes and offshore headquarters, many company pay significantly less with several major corporations paying no taxes at all. Some economists argue that the tax should be abolished in place of higher taxes on certain high earning individuals and stock market transactions.  See public opinion

Should the U.S. reduce corporate income tax rates? Opinions Discuss

Do you support Obama's MyRA savings account initiative for workers who don't have access to a 401k?  Learn more

In President Obama's January 28th, 2014 State of The Union Address he announced that he would direct the treasury to create a retirement savings program, called myRA, for workers whose employers do not offer traditional 401k or retirement savings accounts. Instead of private retirement accounts the myRAs would allow workers to invest in government bonds that are long term, low yield and guaranteed. Analysts predict the returns for these funds would be around 2% interest. The myRA is modeled after the Roth IRA with contributions after taxes and the income will be tax-free until you retire. It is capped at $15,000, and it must then be rolled over into something else. It takes $25 to open an account with a minimum contribution of $5 per pay period.  See public opinion

Do you support Obama's MyRA savings account initiative for workers who don't have access to a 401k? Opinions Discuss

Should Wall Street executives be criminally charged for their roles in the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis? Learn more

Since the 2008 financial crisis, no Wall Street Executives have paid fines or gone to jail for their roles in selling fraudulent mortgage backed securities to investors. Instead of criminal charges, the six largest U.S. banks have paid over $70 Billion in fines to the U.S. Government. As part of the settlements, none will have to admit to any wrongdoing. Opponents argue that these fines are enough and jailing top Wall Street Executives will de-stabilize our financial system. Proponents argue that the fraud committed by the banks are criminal and the individual executives who orchestrated them should be fined and jailed.  See public opinion

Should Wall Street executives be criminally charged for their roles in the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis? Opinions Discuss

Should pension plans for federal, state and local government workers be transitioned into private plans? Learn more

The average retired federal employee receives a pension (retirement plan) of $32,824 annually. Total unfunded pension liability for all U.S. cities and counties is an estimated $574 billion. In addition to their pensions, federal employees are offered a 401(k) plus 5% matching, whereas the average private employer is offered 3 percent matching of 401(k) without pension.  See public opinion

Should pension plans for federal, state and local government workers be transitioned into private plans? Opinions Discuss

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt? Opinions Discuss

Where do you side on domestic policy issues?

Do you support increased gun control? Learn more

The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings caused several states and cities to pass strict gun control measures. In response, state lawmakers in gun friendly states in the South and West passed bills that would strengthen Stand Your Ground laws and allow weapons in most public places. In 2014, 21 states passed laws that expanded the rights of gun owners allowing them to possess firearms in churches, bars, schools and college campuses. The federal government has not passed any gun control measures since the 1994 Brady Bill and 42 states now allow the possession of assault rifles. In the U.S. two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides and in 2010 there were 19,000 firearm suicides and 11,000 firearm suicides.  See public opinion

Do you support increased gun control? Opinions Discuss

Should the federal government regulate the internet to deter online piracy?

Should the federal government regulate the internet to deter online piracy? Opinions Discuss

Should federal government limit funds to public schools that do not meet performance standards?

Should federal government limit funds to public schools that do not meet performance standards? Opinions Discuss

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use? Opinions Discuss

Do you support affirmative action programs? Learn more

Affirmative action is a policy that encourages the increased representation of members of a minority group. In the U.S. these policies are often enacted by employers and educational institutions in education or employment.  See public opinion

Do you support affirmative action programs? Opinions Discuss

Do you support the Patriot act? Learn more

In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Patriot Act expanded intelligence gathering capabilities including: monitoring of foreign financial transactions, detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism, wiretaps, business record searches, and surveillance of individuals suspected of terrorist activities.  Learn more  or  See public opinion

Do you support the Patriot act? Opinions Discuss

Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission? Learn more

Currently, the redistricting of congressional boundaries is controlled by state legislature every ten years. Gerrymandering is the redrawing of districts with the intent of benefiting a political party. It is most often implemented by state political parties with the intent of marginalizing districts of voters who represent the minority party. To gain extra seats, the incumbent party will redraw voting districts so that voters of the minority party will be grouped into smaller districts with less seats. Critics of gerrymandering say these practices allow incumbent representatives to choose their voters instead of voters choosing them. Proponents say that drawing districts is a privilege of the ruling party and have little effect on the popularity of their policies or candidates.  See public opinion

Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission? Opinions Discuss

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress? Learn more

A term limit is a law that limits the amount of time a political representative may hold an elected office. In the U.S. the office of the President is restricted to two four year terms. There are currently no term limits for Congressional terms but various states and cities have enacted term limits for their elected officials at the local level.  See public opinion

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress? Opinions Discuss

Should corporations and unions be permitted to fund advertisements backing political candidates through political action committees (Super PACS)?

Should corporations and unions be permitted to fund advertisements backing political candidates through political action committees (Super PACS)? Opinions Discuss

Where do you side on healthcare issues?

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana? Learn more

U.S. law currently bans the sale and possession of all forms of marijuana. in 2014 Colorado and Washington will become the first states to legalize and regulate marijuana contrary to federal laws.  See public opinion

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana? Opinions Discuss

Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? Learn more

The Affordable Care Act is a federal statute signed into law in 2010 that introduces a sweeping overhaul of the nation's healthcare system. The act grants the federal government significant regulatory powers and price controls over U.S. medical service providers and insurance companies.  See public opinion

Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? Opinions Discuss

Where do you side on foreign policy issues?

Should the government decrease military spending?

Should the government decrease military spending? Opinions Discuss

Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists? Learn more

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles deployed by U.S. defense and intelligence agencies to collect data and strike suspected enemy targets.  See public opinion

Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists? Opinions Discuss

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel? Opinions Discuss

Should the United States end its trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba?

Should the United States end its trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba? Opinions Discuss

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights? Opinions Discuss

Should the U.S. maintain a presence at the United Nations?

Should the U.S. maintain a presence at the United Nations? Opinions Discuss

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies? Learn more

The cache of documents revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed that the U.S. used surveillance methods to monitor the emails and phone calls of its closest foreign allies including Germany, France and Brazil. The revelations have severely damaged the U.S.'s relationship with these countries even though State Department officials have insisted that these surveillance programs have thwarted many terrorist threats worldwide.  See public opinion

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies? Opinions Discuss

Where do you side on education issues?

Do you support the adoption of Common Core national educational standards? Learn more

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an education initiative that details what K-12 students should know in English and Math at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and seeks to establish consistent education standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. Learn more  or  See public opinion

Do you support the adoption of Common Core national educational standards? Opinions Discuss

Where do you side on immigration issues?

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted citizenship?

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted citizenship? Opinions Discuss

Should illegal immigrants be given access to government-subsidized healthcare?

Should illegal immigrants be given access to government-subsidized healthcare? Opinions Discuss

Should illegal immigrants working in the U.S. be granted temporary amnesty? Learn more

Amnesty is an act by passed by the federal government which grants immunity from immigration laws to undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. Various levels of criteria have been proposed for immigrants to be granted amnesty including proof of employment and willingness to pay taxes.  See public opinion

Should illegal immigrants working in the U.S. be granted temporary amnesty? Opinions Discuss

Should law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes so that federal immigration authorities can take custody of them? Learn more

On October 7, 2013 California Governor Jerry Brown signed a state bill prohibiting law-enforcement officials from detaining an individual on the basis of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that person becomes eligible for release, unless he or she has been charged with or convicted of certain crimes, including violent felonies.  See public opinion

Should law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes so that federal immigration authorities can take custody of them? Opinions Discuss

Do you support stronger measures to increase our border security?

Do you support stronger measures to increase our border security? Opinions Discuss

Should immigrants to the U.S. be required to learn english?

Should immigrants to the U.S. be required to learn english? Opinions Discuss

Should illegal immigrants pay the same in-state tuition rates as other residents of the state? Learn more

Currently sixteen states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington) allow illegal immigrants to pay the same in-state tuition rates as other residents of the state. To qualify, students must have attended a school in the state for a certain number of years, have graduated high school in the state, have confirmed they are applying for legal citizenship.  See public opinion

Should illegal immigrants pay the same in-state tuition rates as other residents of the state? Opinions Discuss

What’s an important issue that should be added to this quiz?