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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Personal answerPro-life

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  Personal answerYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Personal answerYes


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Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Trump Impeachment

Do you support the impeachment of President Donald Trump?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Marital Rape

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

  Personal answerYes

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Personal answerYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Personal answerYes

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Personal answerYes

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

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

  Personal answerNo

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?

  Personal answerYes

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  Personal answerYes

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Party’s support baseNo, this would increase the risk of accidental shootings

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

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

  Personal answerNo

Education  ›  Student Loans

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

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Personal answerNo

Education  ›  Free College for All

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but provide lower interest rates for student loans

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Personal answerYes

Social  ›  Government Mandates

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

  Personal answerNo

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Personal answerYes, 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?

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Party influenceNo

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

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

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

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

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Personal answerNo

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  Personal answerYes

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

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

  Personal answerYes

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

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

  Personal answerNo

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Personal answerYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Personal answerNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

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

  Personal answerNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

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

  Personal answerYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Personal answerYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Personal answerNo

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?

  Personal answerNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Personal answerYes

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

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

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Personal answerYes

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

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

  Party’s support baseNo, Congress should approve all military conflicts

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Personal answerYes

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

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

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Personal answerYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Personal answerNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Party influenceNo

Immigration  ›  Border Security

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

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Party influenceYes, social media companies are politically biased and need to be regulated

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Personal answerNo

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?

  Personal answerYes

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)?

  Personal answerNo

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Personal answerDecrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

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

  Personal answerNo

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?

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Personal answerIncrease

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Personal answerYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  Personal answerRaise

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

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

  Personal answerNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Personal answerYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Personal answerNo

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

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

  Personal answerNo

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Personal answerNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Personal answerNo

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?

  Personal answerYes

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

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

  Personal answerYes

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Personal answerYes

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?

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Personal answerHelp, in theory but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limited

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

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

  Personal answerNo

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

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

  Personal answerNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Personal answerYes

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

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

  Party’s support baseNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Personal answerNo

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Personal answerYes

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

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

  Personal answerYes

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?

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Personal answerIncrease

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Personal answerYes

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?

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

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

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

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

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

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

  Personal answerNo

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

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

  Personal answerMore

Science  ›  GMO Labels

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Personal answerNo

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as parents also have the option to send their child to private school

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Personal answerYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Personal answerNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Personal answerNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Party influenceNo, trade between the member countries has become too imbalanced

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

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

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Party influenceYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

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

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Personal answerYes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Personal answerYes, as long as offshore income is reported

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

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

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

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

  Personal answerYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Personal answerYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Personal answerNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

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

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Personal answerNo