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Pick Your Presidential Candidate ... Quiz ...

I decided to try taking a bunch of these quizzes to see how consistent they were.


According to SelectSmart (which shows you some advertisements before you can get your results), I get

1. Theoretical ideal candidate (100%)
2. Dennis Kucinich (93 %)
3. Barack Obama (83 %)
4. Christopher Dodd (withdrawn) (79 %)
5. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (79 %)
6. Joseph Biden (withdrawn) (78 %)
7. Hillary Clinton (75 %)
8. Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (75 %)
9. Mike Gravel (72 %)
10. Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (71 %)
11. John Edwards (71 %)
12. Al Gore (not announced) (69 %)
13. Bill Richardson (63 %)
14. Ron Paul (51 %)
15. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (50 %)
16. Elaine Brown (36 %)
17. Rudolph Giuliani (32 %)
18. John McCain (26 %)
19. Alan Keyes (25 %)
20. Mike Huckabee (25 %)
21. Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani) (23 %)
22. Mitt Romney (21 %)
23. Chuck Hagel (not running) (19 %)
24. Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (16 %)
25. Tom Tancredo (withdrawn, endorsed Romney) (13 %)
26. Sam Brownback (withdrawn, endorsed McCain) (12 %)
27. Fred Thompson (11 %)
28. Duncan Hunter (8 %)
29. Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (6 %)
30. Stephen Colbert (campaign halted) (0 %)


According to VoteMatch, I get

Hillary Clinton 70%
Joe Biden 68%
Chris Dodd 68%
Cynthia McKinney 65%
Barack Obama 65%
Mike Gravel 63%
John Edwards 58%
Dennis Kucinich 58%
Bill Richardson 53%
Ron Paul 33%
Rudy Giuliani 25%
John McCain 20%
Mike Huckabee 18%
Fred Thompson 15%
Alan Keyes 10%
Mitt Romney 10%
John Cox 10%
Duncan Hunter 3%


According to WQAD's candidate selector (several of whose questions I really didn't like -- no answers I agreed with), I get
Hillary Clinton 63%
Dennis Kucinich 63%
Joe Biden 58%
Barack Obama 58%
Mike Gravel 53%
Bill Richardson 48%
John Edwards 46%
Rudy Giuliani 27%
Ron Paul 22%
Mitt Romney 10%
Duncan Hunter 10%
John McCain 7%


According to Glassbooth, I get
1. Dennis Kucinich 88%
2. Mike Gravel 86%
3. Bill Richardson 79%
and they don't bother with candidates who match you less well than the top three


I tried QuizRocket's candidate selector, but after asking all the political questions, it asked for a bunch of personal information, and then "which of the following valuable offers would you like to hear more about? Please select at least one," so I bailed out.


According to VAJoe's Candidate Calculator, which seems to be targeted at military personnel and their families, I get
1. Gravel 96.43%
2. Kucinich 92.86%
3. Clinton 71.43%
4. Dodd 67.86%
5. Edwards 67.86%
6. Richardson 67.86%
7. Obama 64.29%
8. Biden 60.71%
9. Paul 50.00%
10. Giuliani 32.14%
11. McCain 25.00%
12. Cox 21.43%
13. Huckabee 17.86%
14. Romney 17.86%
15. Tancredo 14.29%
16. Brownback 10.71%
17. Hunter 7.14%
18. Thompson 7.14%


According to Minnesota Public Radio's quiz (which has largely the same questions and answers as WQAD, above), I get
1. Clinton/Kucinich, both 18.0
3. Gravel 17.0
4. Edwards/Obama/Richards, all 16.0
7. Giuliani/Paul, both 8.0
9. McCain, 3.0
10. Huckabee/Romney, both 1.0
12. Hunter/Thompson, both 0.0



According to DEHP's Pick Your Candidate, I get
1. Kucinich, 55
2. Gravel, 45
3. Clinton, 31
4. Obama, 29
5. Richardson/Edwards, both 27
7. Dodd, 26
8. Biden, 21
9. Paul, 3
10. McCain, -15
11. Thompson/Cox, -20
13. Giuliani, -24
14. Brownback, -30
15. Huckabee, -34
16. Tancredo, -49
17. Romney, -50
18. Hunter, -54



According to USA Today's "Candidate Match Game", I get
1. Gravel
2. Kucinich
3. Dodd


The Washington Post Choose Your Candidate quiz comes in two editions -- D and R -- and for each question, it gives you quotations from four major candidates and asks which you agree with most closely. Unfortunately, in many cases the candidates of a given party are saying basically the same thing, so this doesn't really provide much information. Anyway, my results are
1. Obama, 31
2. Clinton, 22
3. Edwards, 21
4. Richardson, 10



Then there's Project VoteSmart's Political Courage Test, which used to be called the National Political Awareness Test, and is made up of at least a hundred questions of the form "Would you support doing ____?," with the option of adding a brief explanation in the candidate's own words. When PVS introduced it fifteen or twenty years ago, a fair number of candidates took it (72% in 1996); more recently, the parties have strongly discouraged candidates from taking the test (48% in 2006), because it forces them to pin down their positions on issues in a way that somebody somewhere might disagree with. In this year's crew of major political candidates, only three -- Dodd, Edwards, and Gravel -- have taken the test. (Several dozen "minor" candidates of all parties have done so, but they're candidates you've never heard of -- after all, they count Gravel as a "major" candidate :-))

Comments

So basically, as we suspected, these quizzes are very suspect and should be used for entertainment only.

Not surprised, and thank you for taking the time to validate the premise.