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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  John Cox votersPro-life

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  John Cox votersNo

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  John Cox votersNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  John Cox votersNo, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  John Cox votersYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  John Cox votersTake the government out of marriage and instead make it a religious decision

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  John Cox votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  John Cox votersYes

Social  ›  Gun Buyback

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Marital Rape

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

  John Cox votersYes, and consentual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

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

  John Cox votersYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  John Cox votersYes, but only for deadly contagious diseases

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  John Cox votersNo

Social  ›  Government Mandates

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

  John Cox votersNo, the government should not decide what services a private business can provide

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

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

  John Cox votersNo, 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?

  John Cox votersYes

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  John Cox votersYes, but only for patrol officers in high crime areas

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  John Cox votersNo, but shorten the lifespan of drug patents

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  John Cox votersNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

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

  John Cox votersNo, but immediately deport them and their children

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  John Cox votersYes, 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?

  John Cox votersNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  John Cox votersNo, this decision should be based on crime rates instead of race or religion

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  John Cox votersNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  John Cox votersNo

Education  ›  Student Loans

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

  John Cox votersNo

Education  ›  Free College for All

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  John Cox votersYes, gerrymandering gives an unfair advantage to the party in power during redistricting

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  John Cox votersYes, and immediately terminate benefits for anyone testing positive

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  John Cox votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

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

  John Cox votersYes, but not until the no-fly list screening process is improved for accuracy and includes due process

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  John Cox votersLower

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  John Cox 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?

  John Cox votersYes, but only for companies with 100+ employees

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  John Cox votersYes, but only for medical use

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Party’s support baseNo, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  John Cox votersNo

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

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

  John Cox votersNo, and all illegal immigrants should be deported

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  John Cox votersNo

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  John Cox votersNo, and we should ban the use of sanctuary cities

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  John Cox votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  John Cox votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  John Cox votersNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

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

  John Cox votersYes, but scale back our current involvement

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  John Cox votersNo

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

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

  John Cox 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?

  John Cox votersYes

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  John Cox votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  John Cox votersYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  John Cox votersYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  John Cox votersNo, as long as all donations are public knowledge

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

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

  John Cox votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  John Cox votersYes

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  John Cox 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?

  John Cox votersNo

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?

  John Cox votersYes, and it should test more than just a basic level of understanding

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

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

  John Cox votersYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  John Cox votersNo, fine companies that employ illegal immigrants

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

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

  John Cox votersNo, and each state should decide their own level of coverage

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  John Cox votersNo, this is a violation of free speech

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

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

  John Cox votersNo, manufacturers and dealers should only be held liable for negligence

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?

  John Cox votersNo, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  John Cox votersNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  John Cox votersYes, but NATO should focus more on counter-terrorism strategies

Immigration  ›  Border Security

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

  John Cox votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  John Cox votersYes, but respect Israel’s sovereignty and do not dictate how it should interact with its neighbors

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  John Cox votersNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  John Cox votersYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  John Cox votersYes, but limit the amount they can donate

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  John Cox votersNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  John Cox votersNo, I would respect them more if they did but they shouldn’t be required to

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

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

  John Cox votersYes, the government should support more sustainable energy technologies

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  John Cox votersNo, I don’t respect anyone who does but they should have the right to do so

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  John Cox votersNo, this will encourage people not to work and harm economic growth

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?

  John Cox votersYes, if the merged corporation would have more than 50% 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?

  John Cox 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?

  John Cox votersYes, each state should have the right to display any flag they choose

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  John Cox votersMore

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  John Cox votersNo

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?

  John Cox votersNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

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

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)?

  John Cox votersNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  John Cox votersYes, but limit the scope of the government’s powers

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

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

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

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Party’s support baseNo, 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?

  John Cox votersIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  John Cox votersYes

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

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

  John Cox votersYes, and ban all forms of lobbying

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  John Cox votersHurt, I support some private unions but am strongly against public unions

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  John Cox 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?

  John Cox votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

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

  John Cox votersNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  John Cox votersYes

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

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

  John Cox votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  John Cox votersIncrease

Social  ›  Gay Wedding Cakes

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  John Cox votersNo, they are not U.S. citizens and do not have constitutional rights

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  John Cox votersDecrease, and deny aid to countries that harbor or promote terrorism

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

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

  John Cox votersNo, Saudi Arabia is a false ally terrorist state and we should immediately cut ties with them

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

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

  John Cox votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  John Cox votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

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

  John Cox votersNo, conduct targeted airstrikes instead

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?

  John Cox votersNo, religion is an important aspect of our country’s history

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  John Cox votersYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  John Cox votersNo

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?

  John Cox votersNo, this would encourage drug use and lower funding for rehabilitation centers

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  John Cox votersYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

the Economy  ›  Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  John Cox votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

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

  John Cox votersYes, the U.S. needs to use all means necessary to combat terrorism

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

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

  John Cox votersMore, veterans should be able to see any doctor of their choice

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  John Cox votersYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  John Cox votersNo

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

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

  John Cox votersNo, increasing the capital gains tax will limit investment in our economy

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

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

  John Cox votersYes, as long as landowners are fairly compensated and the projects will benefit the community

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?

  John Cox votersNo, and the government is currently over-regulating private businesses

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  John Cox votersYes, but in the form of increased spending on infrastructure

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  John Cox votersNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  John Cox votersYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  John Cox votersYes, but I would prefer to privatize it instead

Science  ›  GMO Labels

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

  John Cox votersYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  John Cox votersYes, as long as they have finished serving their sentence

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  John Cox votersYes, unless they have committed a crime

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  John Cox votersYes

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  John Cox votersYes, and we should eliminate it

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  John Cox votersNo, but we should adopt a unilateral free trade policy

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

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

  John Cox votersYes, ISIS already declared war on us and we must now defend ourselves

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

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

  John Cox votersNo

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  John Cox votersYes, and drastically increase NASA’s current budget

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  John Cox votersNo, we should build more prisons

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  John Cox votersNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  John Cox votersYes, and drastically increase taxes and import tariffs on outsourcing businesses

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

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

  John Cox votersYes, China should be punished for artificially manipulating their currency

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  John Cox votersNo, 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?

  John Cox votersNo, 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?

  John Cox votersNo, we should not defend any NATO country that spends less than 2% of their GDP on military defense

Foreign Policy  ›  Iranian Protesters

Should the government provide assistance to protesters in Iran?

  John Cox votersNo, I support the protesters but do not want to start an international war

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  John Cox votersNo

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  John Cox votersYes, but I would prefer to abolish it and return to the gold standard

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

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

  John Cox votersYes, pension spending is out of control and must be reduced

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  John Cox votersNo, end all government subsidies and let the free market run its course

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

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

  John Cox votersNo, property taxes are the most reliable and consistent form of state revenue

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  John Cox votersYes, surveillance of all foreign countries is essential to tracking potential terrorist threats

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

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

  John Cox votersYes, investigate the CIA and NSA directors instead

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  John Cox votersNo, this will incentivize companies to move jobs out of the country

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  John Cox votersYes, as long as offshore income is reported

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

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

  John Cox votersNo, we should not get involved

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  John Cox votersNo, not until we decrease our national debt

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  John Cox votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  India Arms

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  John Cox votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

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

  John Cox votersNo, the federal government does not have the authority to impose state and local taxes

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  John Cox votersNo, classify it as a commodity

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

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

  John Cox votersNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  John Cox votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Greenland

Should the United States acquire Greenland?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  John Cox votersNo, not until the cost ($4B) is dramatically reduced

Social  ›  Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?

  John Cox votersYes