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50 Blogs for Feingold Action Team
β€œIt's time to stand up - not to cheer, but to fight back.”
--Senator Russ Feingold, On Executive Power. (Daily Kos, 2006-02-02)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Graph Rates 2008 Hopefuls on the Issues

Using data from ontheissues.org, Headstrong America has created a nifty graph rating 2008 presidential hopefuls on their adherence to liberal, progressive values.

The candidates are rated on 20 social and economic issues against ontheissues.org's responses for the "ideal liberal." Russ Feingold and Ralph Nader came closest to the ideal responses.

Tightly clustered towards the liberal end of the spectrum are John Kerry, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, and Wes Clark. Another cluster in the center of the spectrum contains Al Gore, Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, Mark Warner, and Bill Richardson.

Republicans John McCain and George W. Bush are clustered in the conservative edge of the spectrum as a reference.

The spreadsheet used to generate the graph is available at Headstrong America. The issues on which the candidates were ranked are as follows:

Economic IssuesSocial Issues
Require companies to hire more women & minoritiesAbortion Is A Woman's Right
More Federal Funding For Health Coverage Sexual Orientation Protected By Civil Rights Law
Privatize Social Security Permit prayer in public schools
Reduce use of coal, oil, and nuclear energyParents choose schools via vouchers
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws
Immigration Helps Our Economy – Encourage ItAbsolute right to Gun Ownership
Support and Expand Free TradeLink Human Rights To Trade With China
More Spending on Armed ForcesDrug Use Is Immoral: Enforce Laws Against It
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)Death Penalty
Allow Churches To Provide Welfare Services
Seek UN Approval for Military Action


ontheissues.org has a series of ideological matching quizzes which are a hoot to take. See, for example The Political Celebrity Matcher.