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Bill de Blasio on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports abortion rights & funding Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Fight defunding of Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Crucial to protect women's right to choose in 2019: Strongly Favors topic 1
Women, not politicians, should control their bodies: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
$500 million initiative to create 100,000 jobs in NYC: Strongly Favors topic 2
Signs legislation protecting against sexual harassment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase NYC usage of minority businesses from 3% to 10%: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
NYC Unity Project: invest in LGBTQ youth: Strongly Favors topic 3
Added third gender to NYC birth certificates: Strongly Favors topic 3
Co-sponsored the Gender Based Discrimination Protection law: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Add two Muslim holidays to public school vacation schedule: Opposes topic 4
Religious identity: spiritual but not religious: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
It's a myth that people like employer-based insurance: Favors topic 5
Private insurance hasn't worked for many; let voters decide: Strongly Favors topic 5
Don't defend private health insurance; it's not working: Strongly Favors topic 5
Wife runs ThriveNYC for mental health reform: Favors topic 5
Expand mental health services at youth and runaway shelters: Favors topic 5
Require measles vaccinations, even for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 5
Everyone has a right to health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care is a human right; fight for single-payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
MetroPlus: public option for every single New Yorker: Strongly Favors topic 5
Guarantee health care for every New Yorker: Strongly Favors topic 5
Recruit & train nurses without need to go overseas: Favors topic 5
Enroll 600,000 more New Yorkers in ObamaCare by 2018: Strongly Favors topic 5
Train New Yorkers to fill 16,000 nursing positions: Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
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Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: de Blasio has failed NYC schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Pre-K and 3-K for All: Opposes topic 7
Stop closures & develop a minimum of 100 community schools: Favors topic 7
Create an early warning system before school failures: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Get rid of all lead in housing & schools, once and for all: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Ban Styrofoam in NYC; plastic straws are next: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Increase bicycling to 6% of all NYC trips by 2020: Opposes topic 8
SPARE pledge: Stop Polystyrene & Revitalize the Environment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
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Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Bringing police & community together drives down crime: Opposes topic 9
Federal policies responsible for mass incarceration crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 9
OpEd: de Blasio soft on crime, undercuts police: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Close Rikers; develop alternatives to incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Ban solitary confinement for youth; reduce it for adults: Opposes topic 9
$7 million program to hold domestic abusers accountable: Favors topic 9
Free phone calls for people in custody: Opposes topic 9
Eliminate cash bail: future without mass incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Fewer and fewer arrests, and crime goes down and down: Opposes topic 9
The era of mass incarceration has ended in NYC: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NYC enjoying major drop in crime rate: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Worried about why blacks need to be cautious around police: Opposes topic 9
Stop-and-frisk disproportionately targets people of color: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Invest in Shot Spotter technology: audio & video on streets: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
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Gun ownership should be treated very, very differently: Opposes topic 10
Project Fast Track focuses on gangs & illegal guns: Opposes topic 10
Gun laws are necessary to protect the city and ourselves: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Wall Street for Change: campaign to support gun divestment: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
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Tax the hell out of the wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors tax increases on wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
OpEd: NYC property taxes favors the wealthy: Opposes topic 11
Plenty of money in NYC, but it's in the wrong hands: Strongly Favors topic 11
Keep MTA fares affordable via payroll tax: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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11 million immigrants are here now and part of America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Undocumented folks core to our economy: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigration policy & crisis does not reflect our values: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports sanctuary cities; would abolish ICE: Strongly Favors topic 12
Created city ID so undocumented immigrants get healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 12
End cooperation & presence of ICE in NYC: Strongly Favors topic 12
Protect DACA immigrants, no matter what: Strongly Favors topic 12
NYC will always be the ultimate city of immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Fight the inhumane detention of children at the border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Detaining Muslim travelers is simply un-American: Strongly Favors topic 12
Greater outreach and assistance to immigrant entrepreneurs: Favors topic 12
Created privately-funded the DREAM fellowship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Universal City ID for services for undocumented immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
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Dislikes multilateral trade deals, including NAFTA and TPP: Opposes topic 13
USMCA is worse than NAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Democrats should stand for workers not corporations: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA was a disaster; we will not repeat mistake with TPP: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
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1980s: supported Sandinista National Liberation Front: Opposes topic 14
Rejoin the multilateral Iran nuclear deal: Opposes topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
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Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Sue Board of Elections to make Early Voting easier: Strongly Favors topic 16
Same-day registration and no-excuse vote by mail: Strongly Favors topic 16
Battle corrupting influence of corporate money in politics: Favors topic 16
Citizens United is a body blow to our democracy: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
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Leave Afghanistan when a peace deal is in place: Opposes topic 17
Opposes U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen: Strongly Favors topic 17
Stop the march to war in Iran: Favors topic 17
No military action without approval of Congress: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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Supports Green New Deal & Paris Climate Accords: Strongly Favors topic 18
40% reduction in emissions by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
NYC Green New Deal: energy-efficient buildings: Strongly Favors topic 18
Divest $5B from Big Oil; invest in renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
No to fracking; yes to wind, solar, & geothermal: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ban all alcohol advertising on city property: Favors topic 19
Sue Big Pharma for opioid addiction; open overdose centers: Strongly Opposes topic 19
50,000 arrests for marijuana possession unjust and wrong: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Coronavirus: We need federalized dynamic as in wartime: Strongly Favors topic 20
Working people's bill of rights: Strongly Favors topic 20
There's plenty of money to invest; it's in the wrong hands: Strongly Favors topic 20
Put working people first, not wealthy corporations: Strongly Favors topic 20
Intensify City's anti-displacement and housing affordability: Favors topic 20
Create premiere tech hubs, and create 4.5M jobs: Favors topic 20

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Page last updated: Feb 22, 2022