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Political Issues

Abortion Rights

Abortion is a medical procedure resulting in the termination of a human pregnancy and death of a fetus. Abortion was banned in 30 states until the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. The ruling made abortion legal in all 50 states but gave them regulatory powers over when abortions could be performed during a pregnancy. Currently, all states must allow abortions early in pregnancies but may ban them in later trimesters.

What is your stance on abortion?


Yes = Pro-choice
No = Pro-Life
Pro-choice, but ban after the first three months
Pro-choice, I don't agree but the government has no right to ban it
But providing birth control, sex education, and social services could help reduce the number of abortions
Pro-life, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child
Pro-life, and I also oppose abortion for victims of rape and incest

Same-Sex Marriage

On June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses violated the Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The ruling made same sex marriage legal in all 50 U.S. States.

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?


No, allow civil unions but don't call it marriage
No, marriage should be defined as between a man and woman
Take the government out of marriage and instead make it a religious decision
Yes, but allow churches the right to refuse same-sex ceremonies

Death Penalty*

The death penalty or capital punishment is the punishment by death for a crime. Currently 58 countries worldwide allow the death penalty (including the U.S.) while 97 countries have outlawed it.

Do you support the death penalty?


No, too many people are innocently convicted
No, spending life in prison is a harsher sentence
Yes, but only for horrific crimes with undeniable evidence
Yes, but the victim's family should decide the punishment

Climate Change

Global warming, or climate change, is an increase in the earth's atmospheric temperature since the late nineteenth century. In politics the debate over global warming is centered on whether this increase in temperature is due to greenhouse gas emissions or is the result of a natural pattern in the earth's temperature.

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?


No, tax carbon emissions instead
No, and global warming is a natural occurrence
No, provide more incentives for alternative energy production instead
Yes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production


Fracking is the process of extracting oil or natural gas from shale rock. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which fractures the rock and allows the oil or gas to flow out to a well. While fracking has significantly boosted oil production, there are environmental concerns that the process is contaminating groundwater.

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?


Yes, but increase oversight
Yes, but not in heavily populated areas
No, more research is needed to measure the long term effects of fracking
No, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Offshore Drilling

In 1990 President George H.W. Bush passed an executive order banning all offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters. In response to rising gas prices in 2008 President George W. Bush lifted the ban. Currently, there are 3,500 offshore oil rigs, 79 of which are deep water wells.

Should the U.S. expand offshore drilling?


Yes, and deregulate the energy sector to let the free market determine the best energy source
No, end all offshore drilling
No, and nationalize the energy sector
No, but maintain our current offshore wells
No, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Increasing the Minimum Wage*

The federal minimum wage is the lowest wage at which employers may pay their employees. Since July 24, 2009 the U.S. federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour. In 2014 President Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and tying it to an inflation index. The federal minimum wage applies to all federal employees including those who work on military bases, national parks and veterans working in nursing homes.

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

Yes, and make it a living wage
Yes, and adjust it every year according to inflation
No, most minimum wage jobs are meant to develop experience, not support a family
No, this will only cause prices to increase in a never ending cycle
No, and eliminate all wage standards

Regardless, minimum wage standards should be adjusted by age group

Public Spending*

Proponents of deficit reduction argue that governments who do not control budget deficits and debt are at risk of losing their ability to borrow money at affordable rates. Opponents of deficit reduction argue that government spending would increase demand for goods and services and help avert a dangerous fall into deflation, a downward spiral in wages and prices that can cripple an economy for years.

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?


Yes, and increase taxes
Yes, but by drastically reducing the benefits and salaries of government officials
No, reduce military spending instead
No, focus on ending tax evasion instead
No, increase taxes on the wealthy instead
No, reduce the number of government officials instead
No, increase taxes on large multinational corporations instead
N0, cuts to public spending will negatively affect the economy

Gun Control*

The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings caused several states and cities to pass strict gun control measures. In response, state lawmakers in gun friendly states in the South and West passed bills that would strengthen Stand Your Ground laws and allow weapons in most public places. In 2014, 21 states passed laws that expanded the rights of gun owners allowing them to possess firearms in churches, bars, schools and college campuses. The federal government has not passed any gun control measures since the 1994 Brady Bill and 42 states now allow the possession of assault rifles. In the U.S. two-thirds of all gun deaths are ...

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