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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Angus King votersPro-choice

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?

  Angus King votersYes

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Angus King votersYes

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Angus King votersYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Angus King votersYes


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Angus King votersYes

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Angus King votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Angus King votersNo

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?

  Angus King votersNo

Social  ›  Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?

  Angus King votersYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Angus King votersYes, but with exceptions for those whose religious beliefs forbid use of vaccines

Social  ›  Gender Identity

Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?

  Angus King votersYes, and the government should do more to protect minorities from discrimination

Social  ›  Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?

  Angus King votersYes, except for religious organizations and charities that oppose the use of contraception

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?

  Angus King votersNo

Social  ›  Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?

  Angus King votersNo, all customers deserve to be treated equally

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?

  Angus King votersYes, and we should socialize medicine and healthcare

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Angus King votersYes, but only for patrol officers in high crime areas

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?

  Angus King votersYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?

  Angus King votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Angus King votersYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?

  Angus King votersNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Angus King votersNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Angus King votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Angus King votersNo

Education  ›  Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?

  Angus King votersYes

Education  ›  Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?

  Angus King votersNo, but provide more scholarship opportunities for low-income students

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  Angus King votersYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Angus King votersYes, but provide treatment for those testing positive

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Angus King votersYes, if they were born here

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the “no-fly list” be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?

  Angus King votersYes, if the government considers you too dangerous to board a plane you should not be able to buy a gun

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Angus King votersKeep current rates but eliminate deductions and loop holes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Angus King votersYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

the Economy  ›  Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?

  Angus King votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Angus King votersYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Angus King votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Angus King votersYes, for most but not all drugs

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?

  Angus King votersNo

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Angus King votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Angus King votersYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Angus King votersYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Angus King votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?

  Angus King votersYes, and use the U.N. peacekeeping forces to protect our interests

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  Angus King votersYes

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Angus King votersYes

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?

  Angus King votersNo

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?

  Angus King votersNo, foreign interests should not be able to buy the influence of our politicians

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?

  Angus King votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Angus King votersYes, and decrease their salary and retirement benefits

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Angus King votersYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?

  Angus King votersYes, and ban all political donations and publicly fund elections

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Angus King votersYes, this will prevent voter fraud

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Angus King votersYes

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Angus King votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Angus King votersYes, but the victim’s family should decide the punishment

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?

  Angus King votersNo, torture is inhumane, unethical, and violates the 8th amendment

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?

  Angus King votersYes, but I prefer switching to a single payer healthcare system

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Angus King votersYes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?

  Angus King votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?

  Angus King votersNo, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Angus King votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Angus King votersNo

Immigration  ›  Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?

  Angus King votersNo, just enforce the current border policy

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?

  Angus King votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Angus King votersWe should give equal support to Israel and Palestine.

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Angus King votersNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Angus King votersNo, it’s just a piece of cloth that doesn’t represent what it should

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Angus King votersYes, and also required to release their medical records

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Angus King votersYes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Angus King votersYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Angus King votersNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Angus King votersNo, these types of donations just turn into bribes

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?

  Angus King votersYes, the government should support more sustainable energy technologies

the Economy  ›  Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?

  Angus King votersYes, if the merged corporation would have more than 25% of the market share

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Angus King votersNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Angus King votersFewer, and ensure benefits go to those that need it most

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?

  Angus King votersNo, it should be put in a museum where it was originally flown

Foreign Policy  ›  North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?

  Angus King votersNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Angus King votersNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Angus King votersYes

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

Should universities provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students?

  Angus King votersNo, college is meant to challenge students thoughts and opinions so they are prepared for real life

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

  Angus King votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Angus King votersNo, they should be tried in military tribunals but not subject to torture

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Angus King votersIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Angus King votersNo

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?

  Angus King votersYes, and ban all forms of lobbying

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Angus King votersYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?

  Angus King votersNo, it is hard to apply for a job if you are sick

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Angus King votersHelp, but ban their ability to make political donations

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?

  Angus King votersYes

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Angus King votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Angus King votersIncrease, but only for countries that have no human rights violations

Social  ›  Gay Wedding Cakes

Should bakeries be required to make wedding cakes for gay couples?

  Angus King votersYes, business owners should not be able to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?

  Angus King votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?

  Angus King votersNo, we should stay out of conflicts that are not an immediate threat to our security

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?

  Angus King votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Angus King votersDecrease

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?

  Angus King votersYes

Social  ›  First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?

  Angus King votersNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Angus King votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Angus King votersYes, but only if the information was legally obtained

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Angus King votersYes, this is necessary to reduce the drug overdose death rate

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Angus King votersYes

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Angus King votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

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

  Angus King votersNo, the military has no right to do so without a Congressional declaration of war

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?

  Angus King votersLess

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?

  Angus King votersNo, and the government should never be allowed to seize private property

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Angus King votersNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Angus King votersYes, as long as there is no public subsidy

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Angus King votersYes, we should respect all cultural traditions

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?

  Angus King votersYes

the Economy  ›  Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?

  Angus King votersYes, and the government should do more to protect workers’ rights

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Angus King votersNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Angus King votersYes, but in the form of tax breaks for low income citizens

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Angus King votersYes

Science  ›  GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?

  Angus King votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Angus King votersNo, this will disadvantage low income seniors whose life expectancy is lower than wealthier seniors

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Angus King votersYes, as long as it was not a felony, violent, financial, or sexual crime

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Angus King votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?

  Angus King votersNo, not until they attack us on U.S. soil

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?

  Angus King votersYes

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

  Angus King votersYes, NAFTA helps lower the prices of consumer products

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Angus King votersNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Angus King votersYes, but place them under house arrest using an electronic bracelet

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Angus King votersYes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Angus King votersYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?

  Angus King votersNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

  Angus King votersNo

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?

  Angus King votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?

  Angus King votersNo, we should pursue diplomatic options instead

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?

  Angus King votersYes, and refusing to defend other NATO countries sets a dangerous precedent for the balance of global power

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Angus King votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Iranian Protesters

Should the government provide assistance to protesters in Iran?

  Angus King votersNo

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Angus King votersYes, we deserve to know who the bank gives money to

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?

  Angus King votersNo, privately managed accounts will jeopardize the financial security of senior citizens

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Angus King votersYes, but only for organic farms

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  Angus King votersNo, spying on our allies severely damages our reputation abroad

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?

  Angus King votersNo, but investigate the CIA and NSA directors as well

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?

  Angus King votersNo, but decrease tax rates for senior citizens

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

  Angus King votersNo, there are too many hidden provisions in this specific agreement

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Angus King votersNo, and neither should corporations and business organizations

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?

  Angus King votersNo, we should not get involved

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  Angus King votersNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Angus King votersYes, adjust them yearly for cost of living

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Angus King votersNo

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?

  Angus King votersNo, the federal government does not have the authority to impose state and local taxes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Angus King votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?

  Angus King votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Angus King votersNo, the current fleet is sufficient