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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  Voting recordYes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Public statementsYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Public statementsYes


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Public statementsYes, their services reach far beyond abortions and can save many lives through cancer screening, prenatal services, and adoption referrals

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Public statementsNo, this would increase the risk of accidental shootings

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

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

  Public statementsNo, this would be too costly and ineffective

Social  ›  Gun Buyback

Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?

  Public statementsNo, it should be voluntary with strong financial incentives instead

Social  ›  Marital Rape

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

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Public statementsYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Public statementsYes, 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?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

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

  Public statementsNo, it is immoral to deny health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions

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?

  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  Public statementsYes, and we should socialize medicine and healthcare

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

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

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Public statementsYes, and make it a living wage

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Public statementsNo, targeting Muslims is unconstitutional, racist, and incendiary

Education  ›  Student Loans

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

  Public statementsYes, and increase government funding so every student receives a free college education

Education  ›  Free College for All

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

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

  Public statementsYes, 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?

  Public statementsRaise

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Public statementsYes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory

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?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Public statementsYes, and legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Public statementsYes, and grant them citizenship

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

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

  Public statementsYes, and they should also be eligible for financial assistance and scholarships

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Public statementsYes, and retroactively reduce sentences for those already serving time

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Public statementsNo, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Voting recordYes, this system guarantees healthcare for everyone

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Voting recordNo

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  Public statementsYes, but a mandatory single payer system would be even better

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

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

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Public statementsYes, and switch to a ranked voting system

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

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

  Public statementsNo, foreign interests should not be able to buy the influence of our politicians

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

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

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

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

  Public statementsNo, too many non-violent immigrants are being deported

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Public statementsNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Public statementsYes, and ban all political donations and publicly fund elections

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Public statementsNo, and automatically register every citizen to vote when they turn 18

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?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

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?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Public statementsNo, too many people are innocently convicted

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

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

  Public statementsNo, 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)?

  Public statementsYes, but I prefer switching to a single payer healthcare system

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Public statementsYes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record

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?

  Public statementsNo, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Public statementsNo, this is a violation of free speech

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Public statementsNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Immigration  ›  Border Security

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Public statementsWe should give equal support to Israel and Palestine.

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Public statementsNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Public statementsNo, this is a violation of free speech

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Public statementsNo, and political campaigns should be publicly funded

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

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

  Public statementsYes, wind power is the best alternative to coal and natural gas

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?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Bernie Sanders votersNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Public statementsFewer

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?

  Public statementsNo, we should let China address this issue

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Public statementsNo, and pass strict laws prohibiting government surveillance without probable cause and a warrant

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

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

  Public statementsNo

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)?

  Public statementsNo, this would allow them to remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and increase prices

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Public statementsYes, just like U.S. citizens, terrorists should be given a fair trial in federal courts

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Public statementsNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Public statementsDecrease, companies are currently taking advantage of this program to decrease wages

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Public statementsNo, increase taxes on large multinational corporations instead

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

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

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

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

  Public statementsNo, the vast majority of people who receive Medicaid are disabled

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Public statementsHelp

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

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

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Public statementsIncrease

Social  ›  Gay Wedding Cakes

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

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

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

  Voting recordNo, 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?

  Public statementsNo, Congress should approve all military conflicts

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Voting recordDecrease

Social  ›  AntiFa

Should AntiFa be declared a domestic terrorist organization?

  Bernie Sanders votersNo, not until right-wing radical groups such as Neo-Nazis, White Nationalists, and the Ku Klux Klan are also declared terrorist organizations

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Voting recordYes, every citizen deserves the right to vote

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

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

  Public statementsYes, send a few hundred ground troops

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?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

Should the Supreme Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?

  Public statementsYes, but only reform to impose term limits on judges

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?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Public statementsYes, and we should create more social programs to help prevent and rehabilitate criminals

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

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

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

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

  Public statementsLess, we should increase funding to improve the current system instead

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

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

  Public statementsNo, and the government should never be allowed to seize private property

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Public statementsNo, we should invest in cleaner alternatives such as wind, hydroelectric, thorium, and geothermal

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

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

  Public statementsYes, and increase to the average U.S. tax rate (31.5%)

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?

  Public statementsYes, and the government should do more to protect workers’ rights

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Public statementsNo, I do not believe in the death penalty

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Public statementsYes, but in the form of increased spending on infrastructure

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  GMO Labels

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

  Public statementsYes, consumers have a right to know what is in their food

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes, but not for cosmetics

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Public statementsNo, this will disadvantage low income seniors whose life expectancy is lower than wealthier seniors

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

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

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

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

  Public statementsNo, we should stay out of Middle Eastern conflicts

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Public statementsYes, and drastically increase NASA’s current budget

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?

  Public statementsYes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Public statementsNo, but drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

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

  Public statementsYes, China should be punished for artificially manipulating their currency

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Public statementsNo, this will hurt our manufacturing businesses that rely on importing cheap resources to make their products

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

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

  Public statementsNo, we should stay out of conflicts that do not directly threaten us

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

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

  Public statementsYes, 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?

  Public statementsYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

Foreign Policy  ›  Iranian Protesters

Should the government provide assistance to protesters in Iran?

  Bernie Sanders votersNo, I support the protesters but do not want to start an international war

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Public statementsYes, we deserve to know who the bank gives money to

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

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

  Public statementsNo, privately managed accounts will jeopardize the financial security of senior citizens

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Public statementsYes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  Voting recordNo, spying on our allies severely damages our reputation abroad

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Public statementsNo, this will incentivize companies to move jobs out of the country

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

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

  Public statementsNo, but decrease tax rates for senior citizens

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Public statementsNo, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

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

  Public statementsNo, we should not get involved

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  India Arms

Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?

  Bernie Sanders votersNo, and we should increase diplomatic efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Public statementsNo, and education should not be privatized

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

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

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Public statementsNo, spend that money on improving infrastructure and the community to attract companies

Domestic Policy  ›  Greenland

Should the United States acquire Greenland?

  Bernie Sanders votersNo, and the U.S. should drastically reduce its global footprint

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Bernie Sanders votersNo, not until the cost ($4B) is dramatically reduced

Social  ›  Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?

  Bernie Sanders votersYes, as long as there are restrictions on how much money people can bet