Presidential Candidate Selectors to help you match you views on the major issues with the candidates. This is a followup to my first post on Presidential Candidate matching quizzes.
- Minnesota Public Radio’s Select a Candidate 2008: This is one of the most well designed of the quizzes. In addition to taking the quiz you can see the cumulative results from other quiz takers and get a little more information on the candidates views and how the are matched up to the quiz question answers.
- deph.net quiz based on 2decide.com table: Interesting because you can goto 2decide.com’s page and see the chart that the quiz was made from and the scoring calculation is listed along with the code that makes up the site.
- Internet Straw Poll: Simple but a little unsatisfying, go through the questions and get a suggested candidate, but only one and no more detail.
- USA Today’s Candidate Match Game: OK I have to admit this is one of my favorites, not due to accuracy or better coverage, but because I liked watch the bobble-head likenesses of the candidates move as I answered questions… I’m easily entertained. Make sure to use the sliders to “weigh” the issues to get your most accurate result.
Here are a five sites that will help you see what presidential candidates align with your views. These are interesting but if you’re moderate like me your best matched candidate will change between the different sites. I had a few that almost always went to the bottom of the pack, but other than that the results were pretty mixed. This was a good exercise for me since we’re getting to the point where I’ll need to start paying attention. I’ve already been taking a look at the polls over at Polled.info but they don’t really say much about the issues. Anyway here you go, some are better than others and I think the more you lean to the left or right, the more standardized your results will be:
2008 SelectSmart.com Presidential Candidate Selector – I couldn’t get the slider to go back to the middle after I had moved it, so fair warning.
WQAD Select a Candidate – This poll seems to have Hillary and Obama as having exactly the same views, which doesn’t seem very accurate.
Candidate Quiz – This quiz has leading questions and expects black and white answers.
Candidate Calculator – Simple radio buttons and drop down list with a decent selection of issues.
Vote Match Quiz – Also allows you to compare your views with previous senate races.
I suggest you take them all and use the results as a starting point for further research.
UPDATE: There’s a followup with more tools to help you match your candidate.