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.

Kathi October 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Well, I'd say this accurately reflected my views on some things but on other things it inaccurately showed that I sided w Obama. & then when I clicked that I was disappointed, it brought up that I was disappointed that it showed I matched Romney 87%. That was NOT what I was disappointed by. I wasn't surprised by that at all. Didn't want to post results to FB anyway. I think on foreign policy & immigration it did not deal w nuances enough so gave a wrong reading overall. But if this was supposed to be helpful, it really wasn't. I've already evaluated who reflects what is most important to me--Romney& Obama, who is for so many things that I am not & a failure in things he promised to do like reduce the debt, instead running up more debt in 3 1/2 years than under Bush for 8 years. The sad thing is that so many of the young voters who enthusiastically supported Obama in 2008 are going to be the ones who find out later how all the additional debt & failure to start dealing w fixing SS, Medicare & Medicaid are going to affect them. They will be paying more in taxes & getting less benefits back than those currently retired or about to retire. & most of them don't even realize what is in store for themselves.
Shripathi Kamath October 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I had taken the quiz (it is non-scientific and simplistic, but fun) a while back, and here's what I noted: http://www.themindisaterriblething.com/2012/08/i-am-consistent.html The likely reason Californians side with Libertarian Gary Johnson is not so surprising. What I found was that Gary's position (according to the graphic I show above) match with the Green party's and Democratic party's positions *more* than Obama's. Which only confirms my suspicion (informally) Obama is far more "conservative" than people paint him to be. If St. Reagan ran today, he'd not win the GOP nomination for he'd be the left of Obama. Which settled my vote for 2012 (not really, since I actually studied the issues, this was just fun). Gary Johnson. Because he is the most socially liberal candidate, and fiscally, well, he is a dreamer and has no chance of getting his fiscal plan (neither do any of the others). If you live in California, know that Obama will win the state's electoral votes. The only mystery is whether he wins by 20 points or 15. So a vote for anyone BUT the candidate you really want to get in there is a wasted vote. If more people voted for Gary Johnson, then he could get 6% of the vote instead of 2%. Guess what, the next election cycle, the two main parties will have to co-opt some of our issues. Yes, I did watch the third party debate, even blogged about it here at Patch: http://missionviejo.patch.com/blog_posts/fight-night-at-the-kiddie-table
Andromeda November 01, 2012 at 04:59 AM
The last guy who ran for POTUS that I really respected was Ross Perot. A real straight talker who spoke the truth. And for those of you old enough to remember, Perot was ahead of old man Bush and Clinton by double digits when the old guard scared him away. Perot warned us about the 'giant sucking sound' which actually materialized and put our nation into a very perilous fiscal position 30 years later. Today we are stuck with a one-party political system, like it or not. If you think "consent of the governed" is alive and well I pity you. My vote? None of the above.
Johnny Utah November 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
You have to take it twice and click on the points that you feel strong for. 94% Romney here NØPE! go Mitt!
met00 November 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
As with any poll, you have a great deal of control by thinking "what does the guy I'm voting for feel on..." and then voting the way that you think they would be supportive. Viola! You picked your candidate. But, just for fun, try doing it without thinking about who is and is not running. While I was surprised by the results (Stein by about 4%) in doing it the second way, I was not surprised that I am pretty far away from the GOP (less than 5%). And as I suspected, Obama came in third (after the libertarian), because he is to the right of Reagan, and I didn't vote for that liar (trickle down fairy will make it all happen by magic). Am I going to vote for Stein? It's CA, my vote doesn't matter on the Presidential level any more than all the GOP votes matter (just like if I were in TX my vote wouldn't matter any more than the rest of the (D) votes for Pres) so I may just do that...Tuesday will tell.
Mercury November 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
It's hilarious that you say it's inaccurate when the test is based on factual statements made by the candidates.
Mercury November 02, 2012 at 11:35 PM
People are probably pretty shocked when they realize that the most reasonable positions are those held by Obama / Green party. Of course the immediate reaction of those people will be to blame the study and/or call it inaccurate. Hilarious!
Lon Uso November 03, 2012 at 02:31 AM
87% Mitt, 85% Libertarian, 53% USA voters. Social moderate, strong fiscal conservative. We need a change and fast!!!!!!! Living in California and knowing that my vote for Mitt is meaningless I will vote Libertarian for President. If I lived anywhere where my vote mattered I would vote for Romney 100% I was one of the people that voted for Perot. He was ultimately a disappointment!!!!
Lon Uso November 03, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Not at all, Mine came out exactly as expected. Go Romney!!!
Lon Uso November 03, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I voted for Perot, then he went frikadicky on me. He could have been the first third party candidates in over a century
Lon Uso November 03, 2012 at 02:41 AM
You are not totally wrong my friend. I think that the true trend is social moderate and fiscally conservative but neither of the two main parties will allow this candidate to participate.
Lon Uso November 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
You are a reluctant moderate Republican, how sweet. one day you will come out of the closet
Tennickly November 04, 2012 at 07:59 PM
91% Gary Johnson. I am voting for him. The state will roll to the Dems anyway.
Dwight Broeman November 05, 2012 at 11:24 PM
If you have a flat tire and your car will only drive in reverse. Do you wait 4 years to fix it?
Dwight Broeman November 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Romney is a wasted vote in CA. I am voting for Pedro.
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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