Not sure who to vote for? There’s an interesting presidential candidate selector quiz over at glassbooth.org.
You start by ranking the importance of the issues, which you do by distributing 20 points over 14 issues. For example, if the most important issues are health care and social security, you might give those each 5 points, and then scatter the remaining 10 points over a few other issues. Note that adding point to an issue like gun control doesn’t mean you’re in favor of gun control. It just means you have strong feelings about it one way or the other.
Once you’ve ranked the issues for the selection software, it asks you a few questions about each issue that you gave at least one point. The site then compares your values to the candidates, ranks them by similarity, and shows you the top three.
I am not too surprised by my top three:
- 1 – Ron Paul
- 2 – Christopher Dodd
- 3 – Dennis Kucinich
With Mike Gravel running a close 4th place. Whackjobs, every one of them, according to the media.
I don’t know much about where Christopher Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, or Mike Gravel stand on the issues, but Ron Paul as my #1 choice seems about right. I disagree with several of his positions, but I doubt anyone else comes closer on the issues I think are most important. He’s not everything I’d want in a president, but he’s definitely off in the right direction from the rest of the pack.
The site ranks all the candidates in order of similarity to my values. Tom Tancredo is third from the bottom, with Mitt Romney just below him.
Regular readers will be able to guess who came in dead last.
(Hat tip: Todd Zywicki)