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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Trey Gowdy votersPro-life

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Public statementsNo, marriage should be defined as between a man and woman

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Party’s support baseYes, 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, but only for deadly contagious diseases

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Social  ›  Gender Identity

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Social  ›  Government Mandates

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, this will protect the safety and rights of police officers and citizens

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, but shorten the lifespan of drug patents

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, but immediately deport them and their children

the Economy  ›  Taxes

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Education  ›  Student Loans

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Education  ›  Free College for All

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

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

  Party’s support baseYes, switch to a multi-member, proportionally selected redistricting system

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

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

  Party’s support baseYes, 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersLower, but eliminate deductions and loop holes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

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

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, and all illegal immigrants should be deported

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, and we should ban the use of sanctuary cities

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, but scale back our current involvement

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities and deported

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

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?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, fine companies that employ illegal immigrants

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Party’s support baseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, not until other countries increase their financial contributions

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Party’s support baseNo, 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, these types of donations just turn into bribes

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

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

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseNo

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?

  Party’s support baseYes, if the merged corporation would have more than 25% of the market share

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Party’s support baseMore

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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, it should be raised

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)?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, and pass strict laws prohibiting government surveillance without probable cause and a warrant

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

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

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

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

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

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

  Party’s support baseDecrease

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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Trey Gowdy votersHurt

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Trey Gowdy votersIncrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

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

  Party’s support baseNo, Saudi Arabia has more than enough money to fund their own wars

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

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

  Party’s support baseNo

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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

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

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

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

  Trey Gowdy votersMore, veterans should be able to see any doctor of their choice

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

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?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, and the government should drastically reduce spending during recessions

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

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Party’s support baseNo, eliminate the income cap on taxable earnings and stop spending current funds on other programs instead

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, as long as they have finished serving their sentence

Science  ›  GMO Labels

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, consumers have a right to know what is in their food

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but they should not be able to claim citizenship status of more than two nations

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, and we should eliminate it

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, trade between the member countries has become too imbalanced

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Wedding Cakes

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, and drastically increase NASA’s current budget

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, but they must perform community service on a daily basis

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, our country has been on the losing side of trade deals for too long

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Iranian Protesters

Should the government provide assistance to protesters in Iran?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

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?

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, but only for future workers

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Party’s support baseNo, but decrease tax rates for senior citizens

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

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

  Trey Gowdy votersYes, surveillance of all foreign countries is essential to tracking potential terrorist threats

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, we should coordinate with Russia to take out ISIS

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  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 baseYes

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

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

  Trey Gowdy votersNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Trey Gowdy 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?

  Trey Gowdy votersNo, not until the cost ($4B) is dramatically reduced

Social  ›  Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?

  Party’s support baseYes