Take This Quiz: Does Obama or Romney Best Match Your Stance

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

With the and the Democratic equivalent ready to begin this week, the presidential race is heating up.

Perhaps you're more confused than ever?

Based on the conversations we're seeing on Patch, there are a wide variety of issues that concern readers in Laguna Niguel and elsewhere when it comes to who will end up in the White House.

But do you really know which presidential candidate best matches your stance on those issues? 

A new website 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 launched in March.

The quiz covers everything from social issues to foreign policy and answers can 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.

Among the people who took the quiz in California, their positions matched President Barack Obama's 55 percent of the time — more than any other candidate. Surprisingly, Californians' views matched Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 48 percent, followed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's positions 47 percent of the time, and GOP candidate Ron Paul at 35 percent.

And what about Romney? Just 32 percent of Californians who took the quiz have the same views as he does on the key issues.

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?

Tell us in comments.

AMERIKANISCH November 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Most married women vote Republican. Interesting how the single ones who don't have a man or who don't want one are most worried about "women's rights". If your not having sex, it's not an issue. And if you do get pregnant, exactly what will Romney do to stop you from getting an abortion?
AMERIKANISCH November 03, 2012 at 05:44 PM
"Under my plan, energy prices would NECESSARILY sykrocket." High gas prices are part of Obama's plan. If he could get them up to $10 per gallon, he would LOVE it. Obama wants to go green and the fastest way to do that is force up gas prices. Obama has said that he wants to move tax money to the inner cities. Obama doesn't like the 'burbs" like Laguna Niguel. He wants everybody living and working on top of each other and using public transportation.
Kathi November 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Yes, Romney was right! & the parents of at least some of the 4 killed are asking for answers. Mainstream media is not giving all the news on this, but a mo before, greater security was requested & it was denied. There were a # of communications back & forth about the lack of security as well as the fact that there were terrorist training places in or near Benghazi! Our govt failed those men. & not only that, the attack went on for hours. In that time they could have sent help but they didn't. Panetta's response at one point was that they needed to know more before responding! Obviously NOT a military guy. So they dithered while our people were killed! In addition, Obama seems to have a major problem w calling terrorism by its name. He is not a Muslim but he seems to have a very pro-Islamic viewpoint--likely influenced by his childhood memories w his Muslim step-father. So he seems reluctant to recognize Islamic terrorism as such. 60 Minutes just released full transcript of interview w Obama the day after the attack where he refused to call it terrorism & just said it was an attack on Americans! Besides that, it was known that Al Queda likes anniversaries so usually security was increased around 9/11. But I guess Obama wants the illusion that Bin Ladin is gone so no worries anymore.
Kathi November 06, 2012 at 07:36 PM
S. L. MILLIGAN, You need to review your history a bit--just the last 4 years. For the 1st 2 years of his presidency, Obama had majorities in both houses! & so he rammed through Obamacare which most had not read & didn't know all that was in it. That was rammed through w smoke & mirrors, w a lot of it conveniently not going into effect until after this election--likely to help lull people like you to sleep. That is already costing jobs. & instead of increasing coverage, many co's are being forced to drop coverage because of the expensive mandates. Obama doesn't know what he is doing--or maybe he does but hides it. He throws billions at a stimulus plan for "shovel ready" projects that weren't. A lot of it went to his contributors like the Solyendra fiasco. So billions spent w very little results except loads more debt. So on the one hand he spends billions on stimulus that didn't produce much & on the other hand he pushes job-killing policies like Obamacare & others. & the younger ones will be stuck paying for the debt! But most don't realize it yet! You talk about Bush taking 8 years to increase the debt. Not sure what you were trying to say, but yes, in 3 1/2 years Obama ran up way more debt. He lied. He said he was going to CUT the national debt & if he didn't he didn't deserve to be re-elected, but he has conveniently forgotten that. Instead of cutting debt he ran up more in his short time in office than during Bush's 8 years & w very little to show.
Kathi November 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Mama, probably the reason you don't know about the drones or the "leaking" the identify of the SEAL team that took out OBL is because you get your news from the Obama loving media that doesn't report a lot. Try reading or watching some of Fox News. You don't have to like everything there, but at least they report news that most of the rest of the media ignores because it reflects negatively on their savior Obama. He announced publicly what unit had taken out OBL. You may have read that & not realized that this made them a target from terrorists. You also conveniently ignored the points that John Brown made to answer you. Obama actively worked to replace the regimes in Egypt & even provided military support in Libya. Those regimes were not democratic or nice, but they were friendly to the US by that time (even Gaddafi was hunting terrorists). Maybe Obama & you are too young to remember all the revolutions to get rid of dictators that ended up w a worse, more oppressive totalitarian regime such as Cuba, Iran. Some of us realized the chances of the Arab Spring achieving what so many wanted were very small & the likelihood of more oppressive & less friendly Islamist govt coming in very likely--like has happened. Those Islamists don't respect the rights of women. Many more women in Egypt are now veiled, among other things. & the middle East is a lot more volatile & friendly to terrorists & less to Israel & US!


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