Online Tool Matches Voters with Ideal Presidential Candidate

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

Election season has heated up with voters casting ballots in Florida's primary election on Tuesday.

, there are a wide variety of issues that concern New Tampa readers 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.

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?

Jim Neumann August 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM
If readers an even more detailed and accurate raking, the can also visit www.PIQscore.com (PIQ stands for "Political Inclination Quotient). It gives you a precise score on an aggregated range of 0-to-100 of how liberal (0-50) or conservative (50-100) you are, based upon your stand on abortion, immigration, gun laws, voter ID, etc.
Mary Louise Dettlo August 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM
All of these issues don't have a yes or no answer!!! There is reasoning involved here and should be recognised. There is a lot of issues here that I don't feel the gov. has any business in. protecting the country is the most important and that is an expanded subject!! Concerning a lot of issues. Family should be takiing care of family business. I don't like the quiz. It is narrow minded.
Jack FIds August 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Mary Louise Dettlo - WHINE ALL YOU LIKE, you english usage indicates a lack of education or that you are NOT an AMERICAN . "Concerning a lot of issues." is NOT even a complete sentence...is it alcohol or medication that causes you to write incomprehensible tripe ? My advice to you is STAY HOME ON ELECTION DAY and let those who live free or eternal FEAR do the voting .
Tony Salos August 17, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Mary, it looks like you overlooked the "choose another stance" option which allows you to choose up to 6 other answers other than Yes or No.
Jerry Payne August 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
That requires a log in so Ill bet they sell your personal info to political orgs. No thanks.
Jim Neumann August 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Jerry: No, they are very clearly in stating they don't. Check out the user agreement and the FAQ. It's a non-partisan research/ community building effort.
Jerry Payne August 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Creating an account takes to much time.
tsl August 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM
@Jack Flds - "you english usage indicates a lack of education..." You may want to start with the man in the mirror.
John Adams August 30, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Hey Jack... I guess you'll be Goose Stepping to the polls on election day !!
K Olive August 30, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Jack - You are a strange duck.
Morgan September 03, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Hah, hah, hah, cracks me up. That PIQ thing someone recommended is a hoot. Guess what my score was. 81. Guess what liberal is rated at.......... 0.......Yep, that's right, zero.
Ronald Mcloughlin September 04, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Labeling people is silly I've been called a "liberal" yet I am really a "radical conservative." After the election, no matter who wins, I watch the govt like a hawk ready to put my talons on any subversion of my rights or others. The govt that works is the govt that works for U; the govt that duznt work needs to be thrown out as quickly as possible---legally, of course..
Kathryn Simmons September 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Took less than a minute to sign up! Gonna pour myself another cup of coffee and take the test.......
CM September 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
So is your point that you are conservative or that you thought you were liberal and foundout you were conservative and the poll incorrectly scored you? The poll clearly states the ranking spectrum. Unless you are a complete simpleton you recognize of course those numbers only represent opposite ends of a spectrum for comparative purposes.
Dennis Bohner September 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Governments that act illegally will subvert your ability to remove them. This is the situtation that you find yourselves in now. The fact is that when they can gerrymander voting districts, tighten election laws with no need of same, kill people who disagree with their policies on a whim and make legal fictions (corpserations (sic)) people, legal means disappear. You need to grasp the fact that the Tweedledumbocrats and the Tweedlerepulsicrats are the culmination of blind loyalty to a broken system. You must consider alternatives.
Bob Cratchit September 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
"Liberal vs. conservative" is such a phony measurement. Political beliefs aren't that one-dimensional.


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