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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-life

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Public statementsNo


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Public statementsNo, and the government should not give funds to any organizations that perform abortions

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  John Kasich votersNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

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

  Public statementsYes, but make it a high-tech surveillance barrier instead of a physical one

Social  ›  Gun Buyback

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

  John Kasich votersNo, this is a violation of the 2nd amendment

Social  ›  Marital Rape

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

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

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 statementsNo

Social  ›  Government Mandates

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

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

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

  John Kasich 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?

  Public statementsNo, all customers deserve to be treated equally

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 statementsNo, give financial incentives to those deliver low prices instead

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  Public statementsNo, but lower taxes for the poor

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

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

  John Kasich votersNo, but immediately deport them and their children

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  John Kasich 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 Kasich votersNo, 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?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Public statementsNo

Education  ›  Student Loans

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

  Public statementsNo

Education  ›  Free College for All

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

  John Kasich votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  Public statementsYes, gerrymandering gives an unfair advantage to the party in power during redistricting

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Public statementsNo

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 statementsLower

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Public statementsYes

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 statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Public statementsYes, but only for medical use

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Public statementsNo, and the government should never subsidize healthcare

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

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

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Public statementsNo, we should pass tougher drug laws

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  John Kasich votersNo, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Public statementsNo, and we should ban the use of sanctuary cities

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  John Kasich votersYes

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

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

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

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

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  John Kasich votersNo

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

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

  John Kasich votersNo, 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, only if they are convicted of a violent crime

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Public statementsYes, and remove multilingual translations from government documents and services

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Public statementsNo

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Public statementsYes

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 Kasich 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?

  John Kasich votersNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Public statementsYes

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 an ineffective form of interrogation

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

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

  Public statementsYes

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  ›  Gun Liability

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

  Public statementsNo

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 statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  John Kasich votersNo, 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?

  John Kasich votersNo, 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 statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Public statementsYes, and with more aid and support

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  John Kasich votersNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Public statementsYes, but not in heavily populated areas

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

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

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Public statementsNo, and send all refugees back to Syria

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

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

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Public statementsNo

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

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 Kasich 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 Kasich votersNo, social media companies are private and should not be regulated by the government

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

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

  Public statementsYes, 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?

  Public statementsMore

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

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Public statementsYes, but limit the scope of the government’s powers

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

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

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

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

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Public statementsNo, they are not U.S. citizens and do not have constitutional rights

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Voting recordYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Public statementsI am satisfied with the current amount

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  John Kasich votersNo, athletes should compete based on the biological sex that is listed on their birth certificate

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

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

  John Kasich votersYes, and ban all forms of lobbying

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

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

  John Kasich votersYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Public statementsHurt

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

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

  John Kasich votersYes

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Public statementsNo, but maintain our current offshore oil wells

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Public statementsDecrease

Social  ›  Gay Wedding Cakes

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

  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

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

  John Kasich votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

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

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

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

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

  John Kasich votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Public statementsIncrease

Social  ›  AntiFa

Should AntiFa be declared a domestic terrorist organization?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Public statementsYes, but only after completing their sentences and parole/probation

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

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

  Public statementsYes, send at least 10,000 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 statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

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

  John Kasich votersNo, and the Supreme Court should not be politicized

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

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

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Public statementsYes

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 statementsMore, veterans should be able to see any doctor of their choice

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

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

  Public statementsYes, as long as landowners are fairly compensated and the projects will benefit the community

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  John Kasich votersYes

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?

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

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 statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?

  John Kasich votersYes

the Economy  ›  Overtime Pay

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

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

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  John Kasich votersNo, sentence them to life in prison without parole instead

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  John Kasich votersNo

Science  ›  GMO Labels

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

  John Kasich votersYes, 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?

  John Kasich votersYes

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  John Kasich votersYes, as long as it was not a felony, violent, financial, or sexual crime

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  John Kasich votersYes, unless they have committed a crime

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

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

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

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

  John Kasich votersYes

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Public statementsYes, and we should eliminate it

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  John Kasich votersYes, but they must perform community service on a daily basis

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

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

  John Kasich votersNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  John Kasich votersYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

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

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

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

  Public statementsYes

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  John Kasich votersNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  John Kasich 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?

  Public statementsYes

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?

  John Kasich votersYes, and provide more free public transportation

Foreign Policy  ›  Iranian Protesters

Should the government provide assistance to protesters in Iran?

  John Kasich 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 statementsNo, in order to stabilize our financial system, it must remain independent of Congressional oversight

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  John Kasich votersNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

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

  Public statementsYes, pension spending is out of control and must be reduced

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

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

  Public statementsYes

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 statementsYes, and establish a no-fly zone

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  John Kasich votersYes, foreign governments should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  John Kasich votersNo, not until we decrease our national debt

Foreign Policy  ›  India Arms

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

  John Kasich votersYes, selling military weapons to foreign countries will help boost the economy

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  John Kasich votersYes, but not at the expense of funding public schools

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?

  John Kasich votersNo

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  John Kasich votersNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  John Kasich votersNo, classify it as a commodity

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

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

  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  John Kasich votersYes, but I would prefer lowering corporate taxes to benefit all local companies

Domestic Policy  ›  Greenland

Should the United States acquire Greenland?

  John Kasich votersNo, the U.S. does not need to expand its global footprint at this time

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  John Kasich votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

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

Social  ›  Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?

  John Kasich votersYes, but let each state decide