Undecided Voters: Try This Online Quiz To See Who You Should Support For President

It takes an in-depth look at your stance on a range of issues, then compares them to candidates' positions.


If you are still undecided on who to vote after Tuesday night's Town Hall-style Presidential debate, there is a tool that may help.

Pundits say very few of us are undecided when it comes to who we support for president. But do our own opinions on issues line up with our candidate's? 

A website launched earlier this year claims their tool can match candidates to voters and it's quickly gained popularity through social media channels. In fact, according to iSideWith.com's homepage, more than three million people have taken the free quiz to determine their ideal candidate since it launched in March.

The quiz covers everything from social issues to foreign policy and answers can be fine tuned; You can choose general or more detailed responses, and a scale allows you to set the level of importance for each issue. Your responses are then analyzed to determine your ideal candidate, complete with a breakdown of your response matches.

Among the people who took the quiz in Rhode Island, their positions matched President Barack Obama's 55 percent of the time — more than any other candidate.  Surprisingly, Green Party candidate Jill Stein was the second highest match at 48 percent, and Libertarian Gary Johnson is just a point behind, at a  46 percent match. Mitt Romney matched only 31 percent of the Rhode Island respondents.

Seems to be a pretty handy tool, but does it work? You tell us. Take the free quiz on iSideWith.com and let us know what you think. Is the candidate it matched with you the candidate you plan to vote for?

Naome Lixes October 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM
"Guess what...Obuma took $716 billion out of SS." No, he didn't. You're referring to the disputed savings projection in Medicare as a result of implementing ACA. Exerpted from Politifact: In this instance, Romney’s claim gives the impression that the law takes money that was already allocated to Medicare and funds the new health care law with it. In fact, the law uses a number of measures to try to reduce the rapid growth of future Medicare spending. Those savings are then used to offset costs created by the law -- especially coverage for the uninsured -- so that the overall law doesn't add to the deficit. We rate his statement Half True. Social security and Medicare are two different progams. Social security is self funded, and was raided in 1983 - it's full of Treasury securities (debt). Medicare is funded by payroll taxation, and the current outlays exceed receipts. (It's running at a deficit.) More people enrolled than anticipated an they're consuming more than they paid in. It's a Ponzi scheme, and young people foot the bill. http://www.economist.com/node/21563725
Naome Lixes October 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM
People where here recognize the hand of older voters in attempts to reduce teacher pay in the public schools and bring in a voucher system; preludes to ending public education as we know it. http://horizon.unc.edu/projects/issues/papers/Nolan.html http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/predatory-privatization-exploiting-financial-hardship-enriching-1-percent-undermining-d I can't abide by what you've expressed, as it is in stark contrast to what I see here. I'll say it again, the same group of people receiving more in net transfers from the Federal government (mainly in the form of healthcare) is actively voting against property taxes to support local schools. This effectively saddles another generation with debt to pay their benefits and removes the clearest path to make the best for yourself - through education. There's what the Boomers say, and there's what they do. That meets the definition of hypocrisy.
la_mouffette October 20, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Naome Lixes October 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Stunned? Confused? Weirded out? You may have to flesh this out, a little skunk - those of us older than 30 detest mimes.
Ted Geisel October 21, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Yes, you do need to explain how the exodus of manufacturing jobs has kept democrats from moving out state forward (to the same extent as other states) while they controlled both chambers for the past 45 years (and at least 1 since the 40s). As you would say, that's a big statement, care to back it up? You danced around the question. Our population is what it is. The government of that population has failed them. If, like it seems you are saying, the problem is beyond their control then they need to acknowledge that and seek the resources they need to move forward. I don't see that happening anytime soon. Naome, you're assuming the government is the only way to help the weak and desperate and that's where I think you are wrong. Sending them to the government is the lazy and lacks true compassion. As for your post below that's a double standard. Many of your insults have just been open ended to anyone who doesn't share your beliefs. Listening to you on here has me concerned that you've confused the boundary between thinking your ideas are superior and just thinking that you're superior.


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