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Election Issues

In the effort to attract more voters, Democratic and Republican candidates tend toward the center of the political spectrum. Their moderate campaign promises often obscure differences between the parties.

As the campaigning continues, candidates pledge everything from universal health care to a reduction in government spending. In addition to legislative support, the president's political idealogy can also influence supreme court and cabinet appointments.

The following sites allow voters to compare candidates' viewpoints on important issues.

Presidential Election

  • OnTheIssues
    Reports the viewpoints of all presidential and vice presidential candidates. Visitors can choose an issue that concerns them and read statements by each candidate.

  • Election ProCon.org
    Simple, non-partisan listings of candidates' positions on a wealth of issues.

  • BBC
    Compares John McCain and Barack Obama's stance on the most important campaign issues.




  • CNN Election Center
    Lists the opinions of all candidates on various aspects of abortion, guns, health care, immigration, stem cell research, the war in Iraq, same-sex marriage, Social Security and taxes.

Congressional and State Elections

The president is not the only elected official who influences public policy. The governor, senators and representatives you elect can be just as important. Project Vote Smart surveyed many elected officials about their position on significant issues. Access the Political Courage Test to find your representatives at the state and national level. Project Vote Smart also offers voting records for current senators and representatives.

Presidential Quizzes

The Internet offers even more help for the indecisive voter. VoteMatch asks a series of questions, then point out which candidate fits your responses. Results may be skewed, since not all candidates provided opinions for every issue.

Issue Reference Sites

To arm yourself with information before you reach the polls, visit SpeakOut.com. You'll find background information on a wide variety of issues. Yahoo! Politics offers recent audio and video news clips relating to public policy. Visitors can also read alerts from organizations lobbying for certain issues.




   --- J. Britten

   ed. A. Crawford

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