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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (NY)
Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)
Vice President Joe Biden (DE; opted out Oct. 2015)
Lincoln Chafee (RI; withdrew Oct. 2015)
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (IL)
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Mark Stewart (CT)
Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Senator Jim Webb (VA; withdrew Oct. 2015)

2016 Republican Presidential candidates:
Donald Trump (NY)
Former Ambassador John Bolton (MD)
Former Governor Jeb Bush (FL; withdrew Feb. 2016)
Dr. Ben Carson (MD; withdrew Mar. 2016)
Governor Chris Christie (NJ; withdrew Feb. 2016)
Senator Ted Cruz (TX; withdrew May 2016)
Former Governor Bob Ehrlich (MD)
CEO Carly Fiorina (CA; withdrew Feb. 2016)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC; withdrew Dec. 2015)
Former Governor Jim Gilmore (VA; withdrew Feb. 2016)
Governor Nikki Haley (SC)
Former Governor Mike Huckabee (AR; withdrew Feb. 2016)
Former Governor Jon Huntsman (UT)
Governor Bobby Jindal (LA; withdrew Nov. 2015)
Former Governor John Kasich (OH)
Rep. Peter King (NY)
Former Governor Sarah Palin(AK)
Former Governor George Pataki (NY; withdrew Dec. 2015)
Senator Rand Paul (KY; withdrew Feb. 2016)
Governor Rick Perry (TX; withdrew Sept. 2015)
Senator Rob Portman (OH)
Former Secretary of State Condi Rice
Governor Mitt Romney (MA)
Senator Marco Rubio (FL; withdrew Mar. 2016)
Representative Paul Ryan (WI)
Senator Rick Santorum (PA; withdrew Feb. 2016)
Scott Walker (WI; withdrew Sept. 2015)
Third Party Presidential contenders:
Independent candidate Paul Adams (I,CA)
Former Peace & Justice Party nominee Roseanne Barr (PJ,HI)
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I,NY)
Marc Allan Feldman (L,OH)
Prohibition Party nominee Jim Hedges(P, PA)
Transhumanist Party nominee Zoltan Istvan (I,CA)
Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson (L,NM)
Socialism & Liberation Party nominee Gloria La Riva (S,NM)
Independent candidate Evan McMullin (I,UT)
Reform Party nominee Robert David Steele (L,NY)
Green Party nominee Jill Stein (G,MA)
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (L,MN)
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 Question Answer VoteMatch results
Below are the summary results of our VoteMatch 20-question political quiz, with analysis of the responses in terms of Romney's & Obama's stances from the 2012 elections. This data represents about 620 VoteMatch quiz responses in the period Sept. 25 through Oct. 25, 2012. Click on the links below for excerpts on each topic, or click for a summary of Obama's VoteMatch answers and Romney's VoteMatch answers, with headlines evidencing how we concluded their answer to each question. Click on the "analysis" link to see background and details about the question.

Abortion is a Woman's Right    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 65% agree with Obama's pro-choice stance, and only 32% with Romney's pro-life stance. This issue has the fewest people answering "no opinion" of any VoteMatch issue (only 3%), which reflects the fact that it is overwhelmingly the issue with the most voter interest (as indicated by our viewership statistics). Compared to 2008, the 2012 response set has become more polarized (both "strong" answers increased in percentage) and more shifted towards "support". Click for all candidates' headlines on abortion or for background information.
Require Companies To Hire More Women/Minorities    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Obama supports Affirmative Action on the basis of past discrimination; Romney supports Affirmative Access despite that Obama tries to portray that he does not. Note that our question specifies REQUIREMENT: 51% support that, and 33% oppose it. (This has changed from 39% in 2008 and 35% support in 2004, the largest shift for any question which had identical wording then). Click for all candidates' headlines on Civil Rights or for background information.
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 69% agree with Obama has become "comfortable" with same-sex marriage, and 20% with Romney's Defense-of-Marriage stance. The "strongly support" bar has the highest response of any quiz question (and has grown since 2008 and again since 2004) -- this is attributable to the growing interest in this topic due to the advent of same-sex marriages. We strengthened the wording in 2008 and we will strengthen it further after 2012 to include "marriage" instead of just "benefits" Click for all candidates' headlines on Civil Rights or for background information.
Teacher-led prayer in public schools    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: It's difficult to decode Obama's stances on religious issues, but Romney is not so wary of issues of separation of church and state. Romney is considerably more willing to talk about his own faith and faith in schools, which the results above would imply are supported by 53% of voters. 33% oppose school prayer, which implies a closer match to Obama's stance separating church and state. Click for all candidates' headlines on Education or for headlines on Values.
Death Penalty    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Romney supports the death penalty, and Obama is opposed. Romney's fervent support is backed up by 54% of voters. Obama's opposition is backed by 35% of voters (a shift from 49%-38% in 2008). Click for all candidates' headlines on Crime or for background information.
Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Romney supports mandatory sentencing, which matches voter preference: 53% to 25% opposed. Obama prefers prevention (support for mandatory sentencing has increased since 2008). Romney is more fervent than the wording of this question, in favor of "One Strike" and limited leniency. Click for all candidates' headlines on Crime or for background information.
Absolute Right To Gun Ownership    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: The Gun Control issue is second in the Big Three issues in terms of viewer interest, behind Abortion and ahead of Education -- all the other issues are very distantly behind. Voters support Romney on the issue: 55% agree with Romney's pro-gun rights stance, while 37% agree with Obama's pro-registration stance. Click for all candidates' headlines on Gun_Control or for background information.
More Federal Funding For Health Coverage    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: This is the second most lopsided response: 63% in favor, versus only 26% opposing (slightly less favorable than 2008). However, more people "support" than "strongly support", a switch since 2008. Accordingly, Romney has been promoting various spending programs but at the state level like RomneyCare. But federal health care is generally seen as a Democratic issue, favoring Obama's more fervent stance of incrementally reaching universal coverage. Click for all candidates' headlines on Health Care or for background information.
Privatize Social Security    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Only 36% agree with Obama's stance to keep Social Security within the federal government, while 45% agree with Romney's stance of privatization (but support of privatization has waned since the 2004 score of 56%-29%). Social Security until recently was called the "Third Rail" of politics -- touch it and you die -- but clearly the voters are ready for a change. This question is perhaps the most skewed by our demographics -- our respondents are all Internet users, and hence are younger and more affluent than the general population. Click for all candidates' headlines on Social Security or for background information.
Parents Choose Schools Via Vouchers    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 39% agree with Obama's weaker stance favoring public schools, and 43% agree with Romney's stance to fund vouchers for private schools. But Obama and Romney agree in general on voucher-based reform, so this question is a matter if degree instead of disagreement. Furthermore, education is primarily a non-federal issue, with 93% of funding and most decisions occuring at the state and local levels. But education is solidly third in voter interest (behind abortion and guns, as measured by our viewership statistics), so the candidates are obligated to make their views known despite the limited power of the presidency on this issue. Click for all candidates' headlines on School Choice or for background information.
Replace coal & oil with alternatives     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: This is the most lopsided of any response: 73% in favor, versus only 14% opposing. The candidates sharply differ; this is a particularly sharp difference because the question is worded in stronger terms than on our 2008 quiz, and the response is stronger than in 2008. The majority agree with Obama's stance that global warming is a serious threat, vs. Romney's stance drill for more oil. Click for all candidates' headlines on Energy or for background on Environment or background on Energy issues.
Drug Use Is Immoral: Enforce Laws Against It    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 49% support the Drug War, while 33% oppose it. This has not been much of a campaign issue but Romney & Obama disagree: Obama would treat drugs with treatment, while Romney would implement stronger penalties. Click for all candidates' headlines on Drugs or for background information.
Allow Churches To Provide Welfare Services    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Both Romney & Obama once again agree with a voter consensus: 47% favor welfare services by private organization while only 28% oppose it. Obama favors continuing welfare reform, and Romney favors faith-based organizations. Click for all candidates' headlines on welfare & poverty or for background information.
Make taxes more progressive     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 53% agree with a more progressive tax structure and only 32% oppose. Progressive taxation is generally seen as a Democratic issue, so this consensus favors Obama. Romney favors a making the tax cuts permanent; Obama favors the wealthy paying a greater share. Click for all candidates' headlines on Tax Reform or for background information.
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Immigration had the biggest drop in viewers answering "No opinion", falling from 21% in 2008 to only 8% in 2012. In other words, Americans made up their minds on immgration -- but the results, 48% in favor and 44% opposed, indicate a lack of voter consensus as well. Romney calls for tougher enforcement and more business visas. Obama calls for earned citizenship plus comprehensive reforms. Click for all candidates' headlines on Immigration or for background information.
Support and Expand Free Trade    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Free Trade has the smallest strong opposition of our 20 issues (7%, despite the anti-globalization focus of the Occupy Movement), as well as a strong consensus in favor: 52% to only 28% opposed. Romney & Obama agree in restricting free trade but supporting free trade agreements, with Romney focusing on restricting China, and Obama voting for free trade agreements while insisting on labor and environmental standards. Click for all candidates' headlines on Free Trade or for background information.
Expand the armed forces     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: This is the most dramatic switch since the last election: now the majority opposes, 42%-45%, while in 2008 the majority supported 54%-29%. The great secret of quizzes is that people prefer to answer "support" -- this is the only question where "oppose" cleanly wins. In other words, Americans have grown tired in the last four years of the massive spending on the armed forces. Romney & Obama outdo each other in pledging better military pay; but they differ on what else they would spend on, with Romney focusing on a general military buildup and a strong foreign policy and Obama focusing on a collaborative foreign policy with shared expenditures. Romney bashes Obama for reducing military spending, but Obama in fact only reduces the rate of growth. The third-party candidates all point out the folly of supporting the military-industrial complex, and they have the public's support, but no support from the two major parties. for all candidates' headlines on Foreign Policy in general, or for background information.
Stricter limits on political campaign funds     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 67% favor, and only 17% oppose, campaign finance reform. This indicates a public reaction against "Citizens United," the Supreme Court case which removed many restrictions on campaign spending. It also favors Obama's stance against Citizens United compared to Romney's defense of campaign spending as free speech. Click for all candidates' headlines on Campaign Finance Reform, or for background information.
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 45% oppose the Patriot Act, and 28% support it -- but this is the only issue of our 20 questions where "No Opinion" is the single most frequent response. That indicates that the population is unclear on the implications of the Patriot Act -- so neither Obama's limitations on the Patriot Act's intrusive aspects nor Romney's plans to strengthen the Patriot Act are strongly favored by voters. Click for all candidates' headlines on Homeland Security or for background information.
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 68% favor ending our ongoing wars and 15% oppose doing so -- the most strongly skewed response toward "strongly favor" and away from "strongly oppose." In other words, there are few remaining supporters of maintaining the American presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama says we will withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, while Romney would only leave Afghanistan when our generals concur. And yes, we intend this question to still say "Iraq" for the November 2012 -- the third-party candidates are clear that the US has not truly left Iraq and that the US is on the same path to war in Iran. Click for all candidates' headlines on War + Peace or for background information.

Explore The Results
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The above analyses reflect data collected from Sept. 25, 2012 through Oct. 25, 2012, Sample size is over 600 respondents for each question. The margin of error is about 4%, but the data represents a "self-selected sample" of people who use the Internet for political information.

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