Those little quizzes on Facebook and in teen magazines usually drive me crazy, but if you like talking politics, you might want to check out http://www.glassbooth.org. You can take a quiz that connects you to the 2008 presidential candidate that represents your beliefs the best. What I like about this quiz is you can adjust it to reflect the issues that matter the most to you. (For example, my most important issues were healthcare, foreign policy, and economics and trade. Less important were issues like abortion, gay marriage, and gun control.) I also like how the site clearly and objectively explains the candidate’s positions on various issues.
While I don’t like relying on 10-question quizzes to think for me, I like that this quiz requires you to prioritize which issues matter to you the most. If anything, it’s a good way to generate some discussion!
Oddly enough, you can still get matched with candidates who have already dropped out of the race. In fact, last time I took the quiz, I lined up with John Edwards more than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. This time (in a frightening turn of events) Mike Gravel showed up as being compatible with my beliefs. In the end, I had 79 percent similarity with Hillary Clinton and 76 percent similarity with Barack Obama. I still plan to vote for Obama because I think he’ll do a better job of uniting the country and because he hasn’t taken money from registered lobbyists.
So, what issues are most important to you in this election? Iraq? Foreign policy in general? The environment? Dependency on foreign oil? Healthcare? Abortion? The economy? Education?
Let me know what’s on your mind and maybe we could have a guest blogger or two assist in a little online debate about the issues you want to talk about.
Anyone else taken the quiz?
Anyone out there still undecided about the election?
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