Presidential Candidate Selector

Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 13:49 | Posted in Election, USA, web tests | 5 Comments

On suggestion of a friend I decided to test the Presidential Candidate Selector. The questions were simple enough and did not require too detailed knowledge of the American issues to answer. The negative part with that approach is that some questions were even too simple or impossible resembling a yes or no to the question whether you have given up spanking your spouse. However, the test was overall well composed and brought in differences between the candidates.

That said, the interface outright sucks deep. After submitting the answers you are directed to a page trying to fool you into sending in your e-mail address for spam commercial announcements. The link to skip that part is well hidden on top of the page where you are not likely to look first.

The worse for a blogger is that the customary HTML code for posting the result is nowhere to be found. There are several links to e-mail the result but you would not want to click on them for the obvious reason. The only sensible way to post the result is copy and paste.

My result was pretty much as I expected. Dennis Kucinich scored a lot better than I thought and John Edwards somewhat worse. Other than that, the top candidates are pretty much as I thought, although not necessarily in that order.

1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)
2. Dennis Kucinich (80%) Information link
3. Barack Obama (75%) Information link
4. Hillary Clinton (70%) Information link
5. Al Gore (not announced) (70%) Information link
6. Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (69%) Information link
7. Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (69%) Information link
8. Joseph Biden (68%) Information link
9. Christopher Dodd (65%) Information link
10. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (65%) Information link
11. John Edwards (60%) Information link
12. Bill Richardson (59%) Information link
13. Mike Gravel (49%) Information link
14. Ron Paul (47%) Information link
15. Elaine Brown (45%) Information link
16. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (40%) Information link
17. Rudolph Giuliani (35%) Information link
18. John McCain (31%) Information link
19. Mike Huckabee (30%) Information link
20. Tommy Thompson (withdrawn) (28%) Information link
21. Mitt Romney (25%) Information link
22. Chuck Hagel (not running) (25%) Information link
23. Alan Keyes (20%) Information link
24. Sam Brownback (20%) Information link
25. Fred Thompson (17%) Information link
26. Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (16%) Information link
27. Tom Tancredo (15%) Information link
28. Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (10%) Information link
29. Duncan Hunter (10%) Information link


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  1. Larko,
    Can’t believe how polar opposites we are in this category. Yeee gads, Obama???????? Honestly, do you want a rookie holding the cards?????? He has zero experience to command a slot which influences worldly politics…….he refuses to wear the American flag pin, and only uses the Koran to do any of the official swearing in stuff when he votes. Now that is scary! These are issues which would not even come up in Europe, i KNOW, but the flag is really really an American issue. Burning it, disrespecting it, etc….sets off an entire nation. Remember how the first thing that happened at 9/11 was the firemen putting up the Am Flag over the destroyed NY bldgs?! Openly saying that he will not wear it is odd, and is a “red flag” to many. The other issue crucial to our security is the issue of illegal immigration. Not immigration, just the illegal part. Why would we even consider allowing illegals to “butt in line” ahead of other immigrants waiting their 5yr process, legally, to become US Citizens? They broke all international law and came into our country illegally. They do not pay their way and end up on our social system books….we pay for their medical, schooling, and more. It is costing our school districts 100% more in operational costs to now have one on one private English lessons because it is the law for non English speaking children to be brought up to grade level in all subjects by the end of each year. I can go on and on, but experience and following laws, already in place, should be a starter!!!
    Iraq or no Iraq, no one wants the war….but all want to be sure the people are not deserted and left for dead if the US and other NATO troops pull out. I would be sick to think our country would leave another nation as sitting ducks just because some of our Americans don’t want to be there. That is just so selfish. The truth is that NO ONE knows what is the truth. We, who are never in the war, have no idea what’s going on. But one thing is for sure….the world has to become a better place, and become a loving world or time will be short for all of us!

  2. You are right, Crissy, the flag is not an issue at this side of the pond. There is a proper time and place for everything and putting up the flag on the ruins that day was one of them. Yet, if somebody wants to burn a flag under other kind of circumstances it is free speech.

    Bible and koran are equal to me: I do not believe in either of them. If I were to be sworn in somewhere I would place my hand on the constitution. Last time I checked there was still this: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    Hey, I have a lot of good friends, including you, whose opinions are far from the same as mine. A world where everybody would have to think the same way about everything would not be worth living in. Remember the legend about a married couple in the early days of US who spent a bumpy day riding on a carriage to cast their vote? They spent another day back home the same way. At home they discovered to have taken the trouble just to overturn each other’s votes.

    As for my top candidates, I would prefer some of those who are not running. Gore, definitely, Bloomberg and Clark, maybe. They would be followed by Clinton and Obama tying each other. I still need to learn more about Kucinich. I suppose some of your favorites would be at the lower end of my list but, hey, if I were US citizen, I would be happy to drive you to the polling station just so you could overturn my vote. ūüôā

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