Election 2008


For the Confused Voter, the Web Can Decide

January 20, 2008 11:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Despite the non-stop coverage, it can be hard for voters to figure out a candidate's positions among all the sound bites. But online tools can help by matching personal convictions with the right candidate.

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Minnesota Public Radio and the Web site On The Issues have both created presidential election tools to assist users in finding the candidate that most closely aligns with their views.

Minnesota Public Radio has published the “Select a Candidate” quiz. It is an online questionnaire, with multiple choice answers, designed to find the best presidential candidate for each respondent.

The survey's 15 questions are a mixture of the general and the specific. “Do you believe the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts should be made permanent?” offers a simple choice of yes or no.

On The Issues asks respondents to position themselves with regard to 20 policy issues, such as “More spending on armed forces.” Strong disagreement leads to one candidate, perhaps Kucinich; strong agreement toward another.

The site also provides candidate profiles and the answers the candidates gave in the questionnaire.

Several of our staff members have tested the survey tools and found that they accurately represented their views.

Headline Link: ‘Select a Candidate’


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