1. What is your age? Under 18 Years Old 18 to 24 Years Old 25 to 30 Years Old 31 to 40 Years Old 41 to 50 Years Old 51 to 60 Years Old Over 60 Years Old 2. What is your gender? Male Female 3. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of TAXES? Opposed 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. Opposed extending tax cuts through 2010. Opposed extending 2003 Bush tax cut law through 2010. Supports scaling back capital gains and dividends tax cuts and re-examining tax benefits for the top one percent of earners. Voted against 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cut laws, but later voted in favor of extending tax cuts through 2010. Opposes a proposal supporters call the "Fair Tax," which would repeal income taxes and other taxes and abolish the Internal Revenue. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 4. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of STEM CELL RESEARCH? Supports expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research Supports federal funding for embryonic stem cell research on embryos that would otherwise be discarded or perpetually frozen. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 5. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of SOCIAL SECURITY? Opposes all efforts to privatize Social Security. Their plan for Social Security is fiscal responsibility first, and then deal with any long-term challenges. Would support the creation of a bipartisan commission. Strongly opposed to privatizing Social Security. Supports increasing the maximum amount of earnings covered by Social Security. Would work with Congress to choose a payroll tax reform package that will keep Social Security solvent for at least the next half century. "Every man, woman and child in America needs to know it's going broke, and we've got to do the hard things. We've got to fix it for the future generations of Americans ... It's got to be bipartisan. And you have to go to the American people and say we won't raise your taxes. We need personal savings accounts, but we [have] to fix this system." I don't agree with any of these opinion or quotes. 6. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of SAME SEX MARRIAGE? Opposes same-sex marriage but supports civil unions. Says states should ultimately decide the issue. Opposes a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Opposes same-sex marriage, but also opposes a constitutional ban. Supports civil unions. Supports definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but opposes a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Says individual states should decide the issue. Says a federal marriage ban might be appropriate if courts overturned state marriage laws. Supports legal benefits for same-sex partners. I don't agree with any of these opinions. 7. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of IRAQ? Voted for use of military force in Iraq, but now says they would have voted differently "if we knew then what we know now." Supports de-authorizing the war. Voted for war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008. Opposed Bush plan to increase the number of American troops in Iraq. Supports a phased redeployment Opposed use of military force in Iraq. Voted for war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008. Supports phased redeployment of U.S. troops. Opposed Bush's plan to send additional troops to Iraq. Had once called for troop withdrawal to begin by the end of 2006. Voted for use of military force in Iraq. Supported Bush veto of war spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops by March 2008. Was an early proponent of sending additional American troops to Iraq. I don't agree with any of these opinions. 8. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of IRAN? Voted for a September 2007 Senate resolution calling on the administration to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Advocates diplomatic engagement with Iran but would not meet with leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea in first year of presidency. Has stated on Senate floor "no option can be taken off the table, No action can or should be taken without explicit congressional authorization." Did not vote on a September 2007 Senate resolution calling on the administration to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Believes in using diplomatic efforts and would meet with leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea during first year of presidency. Would leave military option on the table. Did not vote on a September 2007 Senate resolution calling on the administration to declare Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Says military action is an option, but would consult with congressional leaders before taking action. I don't agree with any of these opinions. 9. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of IMMIGRATION? Supported Bush-backed immigration reform legislation, which would have increased funding and improved border security technology, improved enforcement of existing laws, and provided a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Voted to authorize construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. Co-sponsored Bush-backed immigration reform legislation, which would have increased funding and improved border security technology, improved enforcement of existing laws, and provided a legal path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Voted to authorize construction of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. I do not agree with either of these opinions. 10. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of HOUSING? Would freeze the monthly rate on subprime adjustable rate mortgages, with the freeze lasting at least five years until the mortgages have been converted into affordable, fixed-rate loans. Would call on mortgage industry to provide status reports on the number of mortgages it is modifying. Proposes creating a $10 billion fund to help prevent foreclosures, eliminate some taxes and fees for families who must sell and offer counseling to homeowners. Announced a "credit card bill of rights" to provide disclosure of hidden credit costs. Would provide tax credits to 10 million middle class homeowners who struggle with mortgage costs. Would consider greater intervention by the federal government to limit effects of mortgage crisis if current measures fail. Believes a government bailout should only be a last resort. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 11. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of HOMELAND SECURITY? Voted for the Patriot Act in 2001 and for reauthorization in 2006. Voted against S.1927, the Protect America Act, which amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Said: "There is no better way to combat anti-Americanism than to do our best to demonstrate that America is invested in lifting up people around the world." Believes the U.S. must "renew those alliances around the world, around a common set of goals including combating genocide, expanding human rights, promoting reconciliation through diplomacy, stopping nuclear proliferation, and addressing global warming." Will implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations. Provide greater technical assistance to local and state first responders and increase funding for reliable, interoperable communications systems. Voted to reauthorize Patriot Act in 2006, but would revise it. Voted for the Patriot Act in 2001 and for its reauthorization in 2006. Would revitalize U.S. public diplomacy and work to recreate an independent agency with the sole purpose of getting America's message to the world. Would increase numbers in Army and Marines and spend more on defense budget. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 12. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of HEALTH CARE? Mandates individual health insurance coverage for all Americans. Offers federal subsidies for those who cannot afford it. Allows individuals to choose from among several private plans also offered to members of Congress, as well as a new public insurance insurance plan modeled after Medicare. Requires insurance companies to offer coverage to anyone who applies, and bars insurance companies from charging higher premiums to those with pre-existing conditions. Requires large businesses to provide or help pay for employee coverage. Cost estimated at $110 billion annually, to be paid for by eliminating the Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000. Would create a national health insurance program for individuals who do not have employer-provided health care and who do not qualify for other existing federal programs. Allows individuals to choose between the new public insurance program or from among private insurance plans that meet certain coverage standards. Does not mandate individual coverage for all Americans, but requires coverage for all children. Allows individuals below age 25 to be covered through their parents' plans. Cost estimated between $50 billion and $65 billion, to be paid for by eliminating Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000. Opposes federally mandated universal coverage. Would increase awareness and promote the use of existing children's health insurance programs while expanding community health centers. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 13. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of GUNS? Voted for a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban. Voted for requiring extensive background checks at gun shows. Supports licensing and registration of handguns, mandatory trigger locks for handguns, holding adults responsible for their children's use of guns, raising the youth handgun ban from age 18 to 21, limiting gun sales to one per month and allowing the Consumer Products Safety Commission regulate guns. Supports extending the assault weapons ban. Supports national law against carrying concealed weapons, with exceptions for retired police and military personnel. Supports limiting gun sales to one per month. Sponsored legislation requiring background checks at gun shows. Voted against a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban. Opposed legislation requiring trigger locks for handguns. Opposed 1994 crime bill, which contained the assault weapons ban. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 14. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of FREE TRADE? Supported NAFTA, but now believes NAFTA should be changed. "There is no way to legislate against reality. Outsourcing will continue." However, during 2007 presidential debates,said outsourcing was a problem. Would end the tax breaks that exist in the tax code for outsourcing jobs and have trade agreements with enforceable labor and environmental standards. Would immediately call the leaders of Mexico and Canada to try to amend NAFTA. Would eliminate tax breaks for companies that are moving overseas. He stated, "We also have to have an intentional strategy on the part of the federal government to make sure that we are reinvesting in those communities that are being burdened by globalization and not benefiting from it." Voted yes on NAFTA in 1993. Free trade is something I think is vital to the future of America". Has called themselves "the biggest free marketer and free trader that you will ever see." I do not agree with any of these opinions. 15. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of ENVIRONMENT? Would develop a new treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire in 2012. Would focus on international attention to solve the problem of global deforestation. Would focus the mission of the Department of Energy on moving toward energy independence with a new approach to solar, wind, biofuels, hydropower, geothermal and other sources of renewable energy. Would place a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon pollution. Would oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildfire Refuge. Would implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the level recommended by top scientists. Would make the United States a leader in the global effort to combat climate change by leading a new international global warming partnership. Would establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to speed the introduction of low-carbon non-petroleum fuels. Introduced the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act of 2007 with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). The legislation is designed to significantly reduce the nation's greenhouse gases, accomplished through a combination of trading markets and the deployment of advanced technologies. Would propose use of alternative energy sources, including nuclear. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 16. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of ENERGY? Would reduce electricity consumption by 20 percent from projected levels by 2020 by changing the way utilities do business. Proposes a $50 billion fund -- paid for in part by oil companies -- to fund investments in alternative energy. Would have renewable energy generating 25 percent of electricity by 2025 and have 60 billion gallons of home-grown bio-fuels available for cars and trucks by 2030. Proposes reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 by using a market-based cap-and-trade system. Would invest $150 billion over 10 years in clean energy. Supports next generation biofuels. Proposes increasing fuel economy standards and would require. Proposes a national energy strategy that will rely on the technological prowess of American industry and science. Would not support subsidizing every alternative or tariffs that restrict the competition that stimulates innovation and lower cost. Believes Believes barriers to nuclear energy are political not technological. Proposed a bipartisan plan to address the problem of climate change and stimulate the development and use of advanced technologies. I do not agree with any of these opinions. 17. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of EDUCATION? Promote early childhood education, including nurse home visitation programs for new parents, quality child care and Head Start and pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. Cut minority dropout rate in half. Expand early-intervention mentoring programs. Identify at-risk youth early and provide $1 billion in intensive interventions. Would reform No Child Left Behind, ensuring access to high-quality early childhood education programs and child care opportunities, recruit well-qualified and reward expert, accomplished teachers. Reduce the high school dropout rate and empower parents to raise healthy and successful children by taking a greater role in their child's education at home and at school. "We need more charter schools. We need vouchers where it's approved by the local, state school boards. We need to have, clearly, home schooling if people want that; We need to reward good teachers and find bad teachers another line of work." I do not agree with any of these opinions. 18. Which candidates view do you agree with the most on the issue of the ECONOMY? Would establish a $30 billion emergency housing fund to assist states and cities mitigate the effects of mounting foreclosures. Would provide $25 billion in emergency energy assistance for families facing skyrocketing heating bills. Would invest $10 billion in extending and broadening unemployment insurance for those who are struggling to find work. Would pump $75 billion into the economy via tax cuts and direct spending targeted to working families, seniors, homeowners and the unemployed. The plan also includes $45 billion in reserves that can be injected into the economy quickly in the future if the economy continues to deteriorate. Would provide an immediate $250 tax cut for workers and their families and an immediate, temporary $250 bonus to seniors in their Social Security checks. Would provide an additional $250 tax cut to workers and an additional $250 to seniors if the economy continues to worsen. Would lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent. Would allow first-year deduction of equipment and technology investments and establish a permanent research and development tax credit equal to 10 percent of wages spent on R&D. I do not agree with any of these opinions.