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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseTake the government out of marriage and instead make it a religious decision

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary

Social  ›  Marital Rape

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, and consentual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape


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Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, this will protect the safety and rights of police officers and citizens

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, 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?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, any business should be able to deny service for any reason

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but only increase funding for personalized care instead of subsidizing pharmaceutical companies

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, this decision should be based on crime rates instead of race or religion

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, gerrymandering gives an unfair advantage to the party in power during redistricting

Education  ›  Student Loans

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Government Mandates

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, the government should not decide what services a private business can provide

Education  ›  Free College for All

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and repeal anti-discrimination laws for private companies

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but make it a high-tech surveillance barrier instead of a physical one

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?

  Voting recordYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and the government should never subsidize healthcare

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but it should not grant their parents citizenship

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and reduce costs

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, and retroactively reduce sentences for those already serving time

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but not until the no-fly list screening process is improved for accuracy and includes due process

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but scale back our current involvement

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, this will prevent voter fraud

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, foreign interests should not be able to buy the influence of our politicians

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, and immediately release anyone serving time solely for drug offenses

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities and deported

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Public statementsNo, too many people are innocently convicted

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, athletes should compete based on the biological sex that is listed on their birth certificate

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, only legal citizens should be allowed to vote

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?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, but remove multilingual translations from government documents and services

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and all illegal immigrants should be deported

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, manufacturers and dealers should only be held liable for negligence

Immigration  ›  Border Security

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, and allow border states to manage their own security policy

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, social media companies are private and should not be regulated by the government

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but NATO should focus more on counter-terrorism strategies

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)?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, this would allow them to remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and increase prices

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseLower, but eliminate deductions and loop holes

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and pass strict laws prohibiting government surveillance without probable cause and a warrant

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but respect Israel’s sovereignty and do not dictate how it should interact with its neighbors

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, college is meant to challenge students thoughts and opinions so they are prepared for real life

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?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, Congress should approve all military conflicts

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, this will encourage people not to work and harm economic growth

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, I would respect them more if they did but they shouldn’t be required to

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, and ban all forms of lobbying

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseMore, reform the system so that it supplements, rather than replaces, a working income

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, we should stay out of conflicts that are not an immediate threat to our security

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseHurt, I support some private unions but am strongly against public unions

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?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, it is severely psychologically damaging to young undeveloped minds

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but only after completing their sentences and parole/probation

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and the Supreme Court should not be politicized

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, until other countries are held to the same standards

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

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?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, but increase tax incentives for companies that make biodegradable products

the Economy  ›  Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, education should be handled at the state and local level instead of the national level

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

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?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, but legalize drugs

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and abolish capital gains taxes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseDecrease, and we should not give foreign aid to any countries

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?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and the government is currently over-regulating private businesses

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and the government should never be allowed to seize private property

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, they are not U.S. citizens and do not have constitutional rights

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, we should stay out of this conflict

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseMore, veterans should be able to see any doctor of their choice

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but I would prefer to privatize it instead

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, unless they have committed an act of terrorism

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, as long as they have finished serving their sentence

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, I do not believe in the death penalty

Science  ›  GMO Labels

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, consumers have a right to know what is in their food

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but they must perform community service on a daily basis

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, and we should eliminate it

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, NAFTA helps lower the prices of consumer products

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, we should not legitimize ISIS as a sovereign entity

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but I would prefer to abolish it and return to the gold standard

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, we should stay out of conflicts that do not directly threaten us

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, end all government subsidies and let the free market run its course

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, as long as offshore income is reported

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and abolish the NSA

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, investigate the CIA and NSA directors instead

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, pension spending is out of control and must be reduced

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, but dramatically reduce government spending instead of raising taxes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, not until we decrease our national debt

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, we should not get involved

Foreign Policy  ›  India Arms

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and we should not sell military weapons to any foreign country

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, and we should privatize more public transportation services

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, it will bring economic growth to all countries involved

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseYes, foreign governments should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, the federal government does not have the authority to impose state and local taxes

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

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

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, classify it as a commodity

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Howard Schultz voterbaseNo, not until the cost ($4B) is dramatically reduced