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A Super Poll for Super Tuesday on Super Bowl Sunday

Tuesday is "Super Tuesday" and many people have a favourite candidate, but I wonder how many of those people know the policies that those candidates stand for. I've created a poll of 8 questions with four answers. Each answer borrows the position of the four leading candidates (Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney) but I haven't said which answer is the policy of which candidate.

If US election politics interests you in the least and you want to find out if your candidate really supports what you believe in, answer all of the eight questions, picking the answer which most closely resembles your point of view, even if none of them match what you believe.

Later on I'll post which candidate's position are mirrored in the first, second, third and fourth answers to each question. (The real political geeks among you will probably figure it out). The answers are borrowed from the respective Wikipedia articles about the political positions of each candidate, which was as objective a source as I could find without too much effort.

So it's time to find out if your candidate believes the same things you do...



Poll #1132448 Election 08

From the four issues below, which is the biggest priority for you?

The war in Iraq
9(15.8%)
The economy
13(22.8%)
Universal health care
23(40.4%)
Change in Washington
12(21.1%)

When it comes to the war in Iraq, which of the following four positions is closest to what you believe?

Politicians should stop meddling and should follow the advice of General Petraeus
4(7.0%)
As long as there is a reasonable prospect of success, we should seek stability in Iraq, with additional troops used to secure the civilian population.
1(1.8%)
The surge was for creating space for political reconciliation and that hasn't happened, and there is no indication that it is going to happen. We need to stop refereeing their civil war and get out of it.
22(38.6%)
No amount of US soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war. Full withdrawal from Iraq should occur by March 31, 2008.
30(52.6%)

When it comes to the economy, which of the following four positions is closest to what you believe?

The Bush tax cuts should be made permanent but deficit reduction is more important than tax cuts.
7(13.7%)
Capital gains taxes should be eliminated for families who earn less than $200K a year and estate taxes should be eliminated entirely.
8(15.7%)
The Bush tax cuts should be eliminated and a $110 billion stimulus package should be passed to provide relief from the recession.
17(33.3%)
There should be an $80 billion tax cut for the poor and middle class.
19(37.3%)

When it comes to health care, which of the following four positions is closest to what you believe?

There should be no socialized medicine or universal health care, Instead there should be tax credits of up to $5,000 for families that get health insurance.
5(8.9%)
The states should be free to choose individual health care plans for Americans.
1(1.8%)
There should be universal health care by subsidizing insurance premiums for those unable to pay, but not single-payer health care.
17(30.4%)
Americans without health care coverage should have it, and those who now pay for health care coverage should pay lower premiums.
33(58.9%)

When it comes to the change in Washington, which of the following four positions is closest to what you believe?

Campaign finance reform is needed to limit campaign spending and the influence of special interest groups.
16(30.8%)
Government shouldn't limit campaign spending because this curtails freedom of speech. What is needed is more transparency and disclosure of who is contributing.
13(25.0%)
We need a system of public financing for candidates running for federal office.
5(9.6%)
Tighter controls of lobbyists in Washington are needed.
18(34.6%)

When it comes to the environment, which of the following four positions is closest to what you believe?

We should treat global warming as real. Dependence on foreign oil should be reduced and alternate energy sources should be pursued including nuclear energy. No drilling in the arctic wildlife refuge.
26(47.3%)
We should be independent of foreign sources of oil through developing alternate sources of energy such as biodiesel, ethanol, nuclear, and coal gasification and even drilling in the arctic national wildlife refuge.
5(9.1%)
The science on global warming is clear. I support a green building fund and green-collar job training.
11(20.0%)
Global warming is man-made. We should cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
13(23.6%)

When it comes to LGBT issues, which of the following four positions is closest to what you believe?

I'm against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Each state should be able to choose whether to recognize same-sex marriage. The don't ask don't tell policy in the military should continue.
3(5.3%)
I support the Federal Marriage Amendment. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
2(3.5%)
We should repeal laws which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The don't ask don't tell policy should be gone and openly gay and lesbian soldiers should be allowed to serve.
47(82.5%)
I support civil unions that would carry equal legal standing to that of marriage for same-sex couples, but believe that decisions about marriage should be left to the states.
5(8.8%)

In the previous 7 questions, which answer did you select the most?

the first answer
5(10.0%)
the second answer
3(6.0%)
the third answer
24(48.0%)
the fourth answer
18(36.0%)
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