Online Tool Matches Voters with Ideal Presidential Candidate
This online free quiz takes an in-depth look at your stance on a range of issues, then compares them to candidates' responses.
The selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as Republican candidate Mitt Romney's running mate has put presidential race back on the front burner in Wisconsin.
And based on the conversations we're seeing on Patch, there are a wide variety of issues that concern readers in Greendale 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 Wisconsin, their positions matched President Barack Obama's 52 percent of the time — more than any other candidate. Surprisingly, Wisconsinites' views matched Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's positions 44 percent of the time, followed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 46 percent and GOP candidate Ron Paul at 38 percent.
And what about Romney? Just 35 percent of Wisconsinites 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?