Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Glass Booth: comparing Pres candidates on issues

Here's my Glass Booth issue questionaire results on the 2008 US Pres election.

GB IMHO is a good rough approximation of how candidates' position on issues matches with your own. The poll takes maybe 15 minutes, it's quick

GB has updated the site to include 3rd party candidates Nader, McKinney, & Barr. It also has the issues for the major party VP candidates, Biden & Palin.

Keep in mind that one might also consider other factors important in influencing one's vote than the issues, such as experience, judgement, ability to work with Congress, ability to realistically win the election, independence from political donors, ethics, etc.

Here's how GB said the candidates compared on the issues, in percentage agreement
90 Nader
81 McKinney
71 Obama
51 Barr
40 McCain

The 1st step of GB asks is to allocate 20 points over 14 issues. This is nice, so that what's important to me is weighted more highly. This way, trade & economics gets heavy weight, while OTOH I gave no weight to gun control or gay rights.

Here's my allocation
3 pts
Civil Liberties & Domestic Security
Trade & Economics

2 pts
Environment & energy
Health care
Iraq & foreign policy
taxes & budget

1 pt
abortion & birth control
Social Security
medical marijuana & drug policy
crime & punishment

0 pts
gun control
gay rights

The 2nd step is to answer your support on each issue. The choices are strong support (S2), support (S1), neutral (N), oppose (O1), strongly oppose (O2).

If you completed the GB questionaire, hit up the comments to let me know your thoughts.

1 comment:

ryanshaunkelly said...

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