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New York Leans Toward Blue in Political Stance Quiz

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

While New York may not be a swing state, and few expect Republican candidate Mitt Romney to win the state's 29 electoral votes, the upcoming election has certainly fueled a major debate among state residents about who should lead the country in the next four years, shown by the heated comment chains we've seen on Patch.

But do you really know which presidential candidate best matches your stance on the 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 New York, their positions matched President Barack Obama's 58 percent of the time — more than any other candidate. New Yorkers' views matched Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 51 percent, followed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's positions 45 percent of the time, and GOP candidate Ron Paul at 32 percent

And what about Romney? Just 29 percent of New Yorkers 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?

John Gruber September 22, 2012 at 03:02 AM
sorry thought I included this. It's only been about 5 trillion. still a lot, but not nearly the 8 trillion you're making it out to be http://www.skymachines.com/US-National-Debt-Per-Capita-Percent-of-GDP-and-by-Presidental-Term.htm
Stinker September 22, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Hahahahaha, the returns have been released Gramp, East Hampton Retiree, Fred n Freeda, John, John, Peter, Rick. Now what? Mitt paid more in charitable contributions last year than Barry Sotero, VP Burden and every Democratic member of congress combined! That was your issue folks. Now if you were a real living breathing human being you would be upset at being played for a fool by the media and spouting it up here for weeks. But we know that you're not...a living breathing human being, that is. You got played like suckas.
Jaguar-Guy September 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Yes, Romney donated $4,000,000.00 Million Dollars and Multi-Millionaire VP Joe Biden donated a whopping $225. What garbage - that is what HE thinks of his fellow man.
Vincent September 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Now this is what I call funny. Got my laugh for the day. Only 15 Percent Of Democrats Believe Economic News Is Bad. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/09/20/study-only-15-percent-of-democrats-believe-economic-news-is-bad/
No one owes us anything September 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM
I am reminded of the story of the little RED hen. She planted the seed, tended the plants, harvested the wheat and baked a loaf of bread. When the bread was ready along came the lazy barnyard animals, who by the way had done nothing but sit around, looking for a slice of bread, an attitude that is now rampant in our country. If the little RED hen out of the goodness of her heart, and we are the most charitable people in the world, wanted to share her bread with the lazy animals it is up to her. Now, unfortunately, we have a government that tells the little RED hens nationwide that we have to give our bread to those that do nothing. The little RED hens are tired of doing all the work and are excoriated for working hard and then they are told that they are required to give what they have achieved to others who are not willing to do for themselves. What a sorry state of affairs. Little hope for a population that thinks this way. So sad.

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