Voting in a Glassbooth: Clarifying which Presidential Candidate is best for You
Trying to gather information on candidates’ positions can be tricky. Not too long ago Eric posted a link to an interesting list of questions that helped narrow down which candidates agree with you in which areas. I found it helpful and it confirmed what I had already suspected about my voting position. However, here is another one which I think is even more comprehensive.
The Glassbooth ‘Quiz’ begins with twenty points which you assign to 14 issues based on their importance to you. These issues range from Iraq and Foreign Policy to Medical Marijuana and Drug policy. If you are a one issue person (i.e. abortion or gay rights), you can put all twenty points on that issue. Or you can distribute the points more equitably. After that, you take a quiz asking you to rank your positions related to the issues i.e. “I strongly support or oppose a tax on the wealthiest Americans” (the quiz even links Wikipedia’s explanation of distribution of wealth to help you understand the question better.) Finally, the quiz shows you how your positions match with those of the candidates. Most importantly, it not only tells you whether you match up or not but it gives actual quotes (and in some cases video footage) showing the candidates’ positions.
Furthermore, there are summaries of each candidate’s position on the issues that matter to you. This is not a cure all. You still have to do some work but, as a starting point for making a choice, I’ve never seen a better tool. Depending on how much you already know about your positions on issues and how much you are interested in the slight differences between the candidates this quiz can take anywhere from approximately 5 to 50 minutes. And, it is worth every minute spent.
Tip of the hat to Dad in the Headlights for pointing the way to this excellent tool.