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Take This Quiz: Does Obama or Romney Best Match Your Views?

Online survey analyzes your stances on a range of issues, then compares them to the candidates.

The presidential debates have wrapped up and less than a week remains before votes are counted.

Based on the conversations taking place on Patch, a wide variety of issues concern Orange County voters 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 website launched earlier this year helps voters match up with their ideal candidate. According to iSideWith.com's homepage, nearly 5 million people have taken the free quiz to determine their ideal candidate.

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 California, their positions matched President Barack Obama's 53 percent of the time—more than any other candidate.

Surprisingly, Californians' views matched Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 47 percent, followed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 46 percent.

And what about Rebublican candidate Mitt Romney? One third of Californians 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 you with the same person you plan to vote for?

Tell us if the quiz worked in the comments.

Andromeda November 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Let's say you were in a group of passengers on a bus and the driver was racing toward the edge of a cliff without any expressed hint or plan that he intended to stop. As a group you were given the option to vote in a new bus driver. Would you keep the same bus driver you had or would you elect a new one? Please think about that as you go to the polls today.
met00 November 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Actually I did just that. I remembered being in a bus four years ago. I remember all the jobs that were going away every month. I remember watching my 401K lose value every day. I remember us spiraling down into a depression. And then I remembered voting for a guy who said that he would turn the bus around. Now four years later I look at my 401K fully recovered. I look at months of job growth. I look at the slow recovery we are in. And while I don't feel that the bus is accelerating fast enough to get back on the road, it's no longer heading off a fiscal cliff. So, I listened to the economic message from both of the candidates. One said "We are on the right course and heading the right way." The other said "I will enact the same fiscal policies that were in place 10 years ago, but more than that, I will double down on the Chicago School economic theory." No being foolish enough to want to turn the bus around and head back for the cliff with the now proven failed theories of the Chicago School of economics, I am going to vote for the guy from Chicago who knows that they are bullcrap. I do hope everyone else joins me and protects our future.
Andromeda November 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
met00, economic recovery didn't make your 401-k go up and it didn't create jobs. $6 trillion in newly acquired debt with trillions of dollar in deficits each and every year for the last 4 years did that. When you spend like a drunk russian sailor on shore leave everything is great until the loan sharks come to collect the debt. Then the problems begin. Giving the alcoholic with stage IV liver disease another bottle of Johnny Walker Red to cure his alcoholism is not the answer. Yet that is what Obama is doing. Massive debtloads destroys nations. Go read some world history if you doubt what I say.
Susan November 06, 2012 at 05:39 PM
ALERT !!!!! MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/
NJarhead November 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
That's a blog! Ignore.

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