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Online Quiz Matches Voters with Ideal Presidential Candidate

The free quiz takes an in-depth look at your stance on a range of issues, then compares them to candidates' responses.

Still on the fence about which candidate you'd like to vote for?

Try iSideWith.com, an online political tool that matches your stance on various issues with those of Mitt Romney, Barack Obama or those running on other lines, such as Jill Stein, presidential candidate for the Green Party. 

The site was launched earlier this year to help voters match up with their ideal candidate, and it's quickly gaining popularity through social media channels. In fact, according to iSideWith.com's homepage, more than a million people have taken the free quiz to determine their ideal candidate since it went live in March.

The quiz covers everything from social issues to foreign policy. Answers can also be fine tuned: You can choose general or more detailed responses, and a scale allows you to set the level of importance for each issue. Your responses are then analyzed to determine your ideal candidate, complete with a breakdown of your response matches.

Seems to be a pretty handy tool, but does it work? You tell us. Take the free quiz on iSideWith.com and let us know what you think. Is the candidate it matched with you the candidate you plan to vote for?

Jay Kruse October 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
How do we know that those who designed this quiz may have, intentionally or not, designed it to not give an unbiased answer, but one that tells folks that they want to vote for a candidate preferred by the designers ?
Old Dog October 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Thank you Jay. I could not have stated it better. 75 year old dog
Old Dog October 09, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Why is the media/ poiticians, not exposing the the facts that BIGGER government is needed to control the more and more prople dependent upon it, in a socialistic society. It seems obvious to me that our government is getting bigger and bigger. More and more, our constitution is being trashed in order to accomodate the groups wanting to rewrite everything our constitution stands for. And some groups are hoping for a sodom type socirty. They don't seem to realize that a socialized society and communizm, are on the opposite sides of the same stick. GOD BLESS AMERICA
david burns October 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
rocketman I am still confounded by the persistent state of denial in which liberals seem to dwell. I wonder to what extent Obama must continue to deceive, to renege, to pander, to extort, to circumvent our civil liberties before liberals are willing to acknowledge that he IS NOT what they had believed, he IS NOT to be trusted with our rights, he DOES NOT have the best interests of our nation at heart. They were mistaken, they were misled, they were deceived by a slick thug from Chicago. Enough. Adults acknowledge their mistakes and then act to correct them and, hopefully, learn from their missteps. This election transcends all the petty issues and instead will reach to the fundamental concern of us all: our freedom. I only hope it is not too late.
Wendy October 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I asked my most liberal friend, my most conservative friend, and a hardcore Libertarian friend to take it and they all said it accurately matched them. It doesn't seem biased to me. If you click on a candidate it shows their answers and a link to the candidates position.
Lt. Jobson October 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Mr burns your reply makes no sense and please stop speaking in sound bites. You are the epitomy of the dumbing down of america. May i ask when the last time you picked up a book that was above a fifth grade reading  level or directly participated in a civic based activity (watching 30 second clips from the NEWS does not count)? You garner your information from no-nothing talking heads that pander to the uneducated and/or feeble minded masses. Get off the couch and stop always complaing about the other guy doing something wrong. Man what a sense of entitlement! Go edumacate youself and taste some real freedom. Its sad that folks like you are so easily swayed or should i say brainwashed/duped by meaningless rhettoric.  Please post again when you have something of substance and not some hilly billy bumpersticker quote. Join a real life political group (the folks at the bar dont count), volunteer at a church or shelter, take a college class, or anything besides hiding out in your locked up apartment.
richard October 10, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Are all republicans "Brain Dead"? These people are people who cannot think for themselves. That cannot think logically, or abstractly. They can just mimic what they have heard on Faux news, and they think they are smart. More like half smart, which for you republicnas it means like half truth.
Amanda Preacher October 11, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I agree with Lt. Jobson regarding Mr. David Burns. He is a part of the American people that really scare me. God help us all if there are a majority of people that thinks that way. Personally, the quiz results for me were in line with what I believe and were quite accurate.
Chris October 11, 2012 at 03:47 AM
No Richard, not all Republicans are brain dead. You; much like Mr Burns, are both speaking on the same level just from opposite ends of the spectrum. Bumper stickers and rhetoric. I am a conservative and noticed how only the republican was called to the mat for the bumper sticker talk. Amanda, if what you said is true then Richard should scare you just as much as Mr. Burns. They are of the same fibers just a different weave of fabric. By ignoring one over the other shows your biased opinion. I always love to read posts from those on the left, they always use "big words" to make themselves sound smart; for instance; abstractly. I am an educated man, I work in medicine around very educated people everyday and have not heard abstractly ever dropped in my academic or professional careers. It truly shows the opposite of intelligence as this isn't a word used in normal everyday language. An intelligent man does not talk "above" everyone else, it serves as a barrier to communication. An intelligent man will speak to the person or group at a level that they will understand and not try to sound pompous. Political punditry irritates me from both sides. I don’t just bash one side without looking in the mirror first but I will admit I tolerate from my side more.
RUKIDDINSPORT October 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM
RUKIDDINSPORT October 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM
richard: You're proof. You can't fix stupid.
Lisa Lawson October 11, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Wow and I guess you actually TRUST the republican party to do what's best for the most people.Reality is,they'll do what they always do.Screw the middle/working class and give MORE to the rich.I'm a home health RN.I've cared for rich,poor,all races ,all socioeconomic classes.The republicans start wars and give freebies to the rich.Also,they have ZERO respect for women's rights to birth control,healthcare,etc.They still think we're PERSONAL property.And as for the environment,they don't give a damn.So,there are my reasons for voting democrat.I feel we need 4 or 5 political parties.Yet there are only 2.
curtis goldstein October 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Really? You think "abstractly" is a big word? Wow. I find that most people are kinda simple, and some are not but they act like it so that others like them. BUT, no matter how you slice it, "abstractly" IS NOT a big word. So to think so is strong proof that you Chris are MUCH LESS educated as you think. I mean, "abstract" is a word you should know by around age eight.
Michael Hodges October 12, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Felt like I was arguing with my ex-wife. Interuption after interuption, rolling eyes, laughing, smirking and extremely condesending. No one can be a good talker without be a good listener. On style and being "Presidential", which is the only thing that counts in a Vice Presidential race, Paul Ryan won by a landslide.
James Hunter October 12, 2012 at 04:41 AM
The only bias of the test is to definitively reflect the intrinsic biases of the testee.
Nyuke Cleair Future October 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM
If you go to sidewith.com and click on Obama you will see he is shown strong in every state while Romney may have 40%. That was the first question of the first quiz. All I can say is... predictable.
Linda October 14, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Obama is a Marxist who hates America. Working? You will be forced to buy insurance, pay a tax if you do not, and the IRS will come after your refund and your bank account. There WILL be a 15 member unelected panel making health care decisions for you. Women under 40 and over 74, no more mammograms. Certain cancer treatments denied after 72. Have a grandparent you love? READ the BILL. Congress didn't before they passed it.
Motor2 October 14, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Hey Lisa Lawson, WWII, Pres. Roosevelt, Democrat; Korean War, Truman, Democrat; Viet Nam, Kennedy/Johnson, Democrats; Iraq/Afghanistan, Bush, Republican, but still in it after 4 years of Obama, Democrat. Just a Thought, USAF/Retired
Doc White October 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Linda please educate yourself on these issues. Sometimes ones ignorance is not exposed if they would just remain quiet. Someone has used these false scare tactics and sadly you have been led to believe.
lorna gibson October 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
There is already an unelected panel making decisions about your health care. They work for the insurance co, and their bonus is based on denying you care. (and the thing about the mammograms- they cost money and they do not work. Get on the doctprs to find smething that does. Preferably less painful than my wife tells me the mammograms are. )
Hudson Poston October 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I assume you have read The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers and have a comprehensive understanding for what The Constitution stands.
Randall Bates October 26, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Lt if I may In the early 1980's A former KGB Agent explained how the USSR used the Science of PSYCHOPOLITICS to "CHANGE" large groups of people's Perception of Reality. I think all constitutionalists should see this no point in lefty's as he makes their unchangeable position http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAMiNTC7HOM more on the subject can be found simply search for "Soviet Brain Washing"
Marvin W Carnes January 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Just more quotidian bullsh*t from the lesser educated who feel their inferiority and are scared by it. They then assume that their lack of education is ubiquitous, so they strike out at those who erudition clearly surpasses their own. How sad for them. No wonder they reject real science and global warming -- their understanding of the issues is severely restricted by their lack of learning, and big concepts like evolution and quantum theory, very much subjects informing our lives today, scare the hell out of them because they involve "big words" they are unable to comprehend due to their lack of education. Sorry my friend. Just because you prefer to remain ignorant does not mean the rest of us need to dumb down the conversation just so you can understand it. Try getting an education so you can participate in the dialog and not embarrass yourself in the process.
Marvin W Carnes January 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM
So President Roosevelt should not have responded to a direct attack on our nation at Pearl Harbor? So we should not have responded to a direct attack on an ally, South Korea, and just let China & N Korea overrun & take over? Many believe President Kennedy was planning to end our involvement in the Vietnamese conflict but was assassinated before he could do so, perhaps even because others did not want him to do this. Johnson was a Texan used to throwing his weight around, and fully believed the BS he was being fed by the military-industrial complex who wanted to keep the war going, to his detriment as it turned out, since his plans to run for reelection were killed by his continuation of the war in Vietnam. Reagan turned tail and ran when our Marine troops were killed in Lebanon, then launched short-lived war against the miniscule nation of Granada under false pretenses; he also launched secret war against Nicaragua, despite Congressional prohibitions for doing so. George H.W. Bush launched war against Iraq after they invaded Kuwait (did you forget that one like the ones carried out by Reagan?) George W. Bush began war in Afghanistan as a direct result of their support for Al Qaeda after the attack on the World Trade Center & Pentagon; then he began a war against Iraq based on lies & deceit that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis and stirred up civil war in that nation without plan of action. Obama ended Iraq war and has begun withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Marvin W Carnes January 22, 2013 at 12:07 AM
The questionnaire was quite fair and its analysis of my political leanings was spot on. That is why I voted, like most Americans, for Barrack Obama and why he had a landslide in the electoral college -- again -- and was only the second President other than Dwight Eisenhower to win twice with over 51% of the electorate. Sorry Faux News watchers, but thankfully most Americans don't watch Fox and are therefore are more educated and make more informed decisions than the people who only watch the Republican Propaganda channel!


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