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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Personal answerPro-life, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Personal answerTake 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?

  Personal answerYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Personal answerNo, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary


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Healthcare  ›  Stay At Home Order

Should the government enforce a “stay-at-home” order to combat the coronavirus?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Personal answerNo, and the government should not give funds to any organizations

Domestic Policy  ›  Trump Impeachment

Do you support the impeachment of President Donald Trump?

  Samuel Robb voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Marital Rape

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  COVID-19 School Closures

Should the government order schools to be closed in order to combat coronavirus?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Personal answerYes, this will protect the safety and rights of police officers and citizens

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Personal answerNo

Social  ›  Gun Buyback

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

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

  Personal answerYes, and the government should not be involved in health insurance

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 answerNo, but shorten the lifespan of drug patents

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  Personal answerReform to a flat tax

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Personal answerNo, fund public ad campaigns about the risks and benefits instead

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but immediately deport them and their children

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Personal answerNo, incentivize private companies to address this issue instead

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Personal answerNo, and we should increase the amount of immigrants we currently allow into the country

Healthcare  ›  Stay-At-Home Order

When should your state end the “Stay at Home” order and reopen its economy?

  Party’s support baseMay 1st

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

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Personal answerNo, and eliminate all wage standards

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

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

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Personal answerNo, this decision should be based on crime rates instead of race or religion

Education  ›  Student Loans

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

  Personal answerNo, and transition all current government student loans into privately managed accounts

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  Personal answerNo, there is no better alternative

Education  ›  Free College for All

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

  Personal answerNo

Social  ›  Government Mandates

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

  Personal answerNo, the government should not decide what services a private business can provide

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Personal answerNo, and the government should never subsidize healthcare

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  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 answerNo, private businesses should decide the amount of competitive incentives they offer to employees instead of a government mandate

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Personal answerNo

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Personal answerYes, if they were born here

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Personal answerNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  Personal answerNo, government should not be involved in healthcare

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

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

  Personal answerNo, it is unconstitutional to deny someone’s rights without due process

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Personal answerYes, and retroactively reduce sentences for those already serving time

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

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

  Personal answerYes, but scale back our current involvement

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Personal answerNo, only if they have entered the country illegally

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

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

  Personal answerYes, as long as all donations are public knowledge to ensure there is no conflict of interest

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, only legal citizens should be allowed to vote

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

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

  Personal answerNo, and abolish Medicaid

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Personal answerYes, and immediately release anyone serving time solely for drug offenses

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Personal answerNo, too many people are innocently convicted

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

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

  Samuel Robb voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Personal answerNo, the government should not be involved in healthcare

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

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

  Party’s support baseNo

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 answerYes

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, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

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

  Personal answerYes, each state should have the right to display any flag they choose

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Personal answerYes, 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?

  Personal answerNo, manufacturers and dealers should only be held liable for negligence

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Personal answerYes

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Personal answerNeither, I am satisfied with the current amount of spending

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

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

  Personal answerNo

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

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

  Personal answerNo, end all tax credits and subsidies to the energy industry

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Personal answerNo, this is a violation of free speech

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?

  Personal answerYes, but they should be strictly regulated to prevent mismanagement and corruption

Immigration  ›  Border Security

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

  Personal answerNo, make it easier for immigrants to access temporary work visas

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Personal answerYes, but NATO should focus more on counter-terrorism strategies

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Personal answerNo, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Personal answerRegardless, we should end all social welfare programs

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Personal answerYes, and deregulate the energy sector to let the free market determine the best energy sources

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 answerNo, and the government should not interfere with the free market

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, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Personal answerNo, and pass strict laws prohibiting government surveillance without probable cause and a warrant

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Personal answerNo

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Personal answerIncrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

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

  Personal answerNo, torture is an ineffective form of interrogation

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  Personal answerLower

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, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Personal answerYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Personal answerNo, we should not give aid to any foreign nations

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Personal answerYes, and eliminate federal agencies that are unconstitutional

Foreign Policy  ›  Soleimani

Do you support the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani?

  Party influenceNo, the strike was illegal since it was not approved by The U.S. Congress

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

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

  Party influenceNo, abolish Medicaid

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

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

  Personal answerNo, college is meant to challenge students thoughts and opinions so they are prepared for real life

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Personal answerYes, but limit the amount they can donate

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

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

  Personal answerNo, I would respect them more if they did but they shouldn’t be required to

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Personal answerNo, this is a violation of free speech

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

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

  Personal answerNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Personal answerNo

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, and make it a lifetime ban

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Personal answerYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Personal answerMore, reform the system so that it supplements, rather than replaces, a working income

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

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

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

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

  Personal answerNo, Saudi Arabia has more than enough money to fund their own wars

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, and I am not convinced that North Korea has or is capable of developing a long-range nuclear missile

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Personal answerHurt, I support some private unions but am strongly against public unions

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Personal answerYes, but only after completing their sentences and parole/probation

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

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

  Personal answerYes

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 answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Personal answerYes

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

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

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?

  Personal answerNo, but I would prefer to eliminate income taxes and abolish the IRS

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Personal answerYes, I support the concept but not the current implementation

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, as long as it does not reference a specific religion

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?

  Personal answerYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Personal answerNo, they should be tried in military tribunals but not subject to torture

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 answerNo, and abolish capital gains taxes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Personal answerYes, but only if there is undeniable evidence they have committed an attack against our country

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Personal answerDecrease, and we should not give foreign aid to any countries

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

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

  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 answerNo, 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?

  Personal answerNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

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

  Personal answerNo, and the government should never be allowed to seize private property

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

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

  Personal answerNo, we should stay out of this conflict

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

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

  Personal answerNo, the military has no right to do so without a Congressional declaration of war

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Personal answerNo, and all education should be privatized

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

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

  Personal answerMore, and replace the VA healthcare system with a personal health savings account

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Personal answerYes, but I would prefer to privatize it instead

Science  ›  GMO Labels

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

  Personal answerYes, consumers have a right to know what is in their food

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, as long as they have finished serving their sentence

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Personal answerYes, and we should eliminate it

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Personal answerYes, as long as there is no public subsidy

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

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

  Personal answerNo

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

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

  Personal answerNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Personal answerNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Personal answerNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

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

  Personal answerNo, lift the travel embargo but do not allow trade until Cuba becomes a democratic republic

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

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

  Personal answerNo, we should pursue diplomatic options instead

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Personal answerNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

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

  Personal answerYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Personal answerNo, 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?

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  Personal answerYes

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

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

  Personal answerYes, but dramatically reduce government spending instead of raising taxes

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

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

  Personal answerYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Personal answerYes, and our entire education system should be privatized

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  India Arms

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

  Party’s support baseNo

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 answerNo, and we should privatize more public transportation services

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Party influenceNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  Personal answerYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  Party’s support baseYes

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

the Economy  ›  State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Personal answerNo, the government should never subsidize private businesses

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Personal answerNo, classify it as a commodity

Domestic Policy  ›  Greenland

Should the United States acquire Greenland?

  Party’s support baseNo, and the U.S. should close its military base there

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Party’s support baseNo