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Old "No" - >New "No"
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Donald TrumpHillary ClintonGary JohnsonJill SteinOld "Yes" ->New "Yes"
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Change Log:
-Eliminating lighter shades - will now be yes, no, or no position - if it still leads to too much interpretation on my part I may ditch colors all together
-Also changing from a red/green to a yellow/blue to try to avoid the good/bad connotation that red and green sometimes have - I'm now realizing this looks very Ukrainian...
Thanks to @kiomadoushi and @mustbeglobalwarming for the color suggestions. And it's colorblind friendly (or so I'm told).
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Political PartyRepublican (1987-99; 2009-11; 2012-present)
Independent (2011-12)
Democratic (until 1987; 2001-09)
Reform (1999-2001)
Democrat since 1968
Republican before 1968
Libertarian since 2011
Republican before 2011
Green PartyWell now I feel a bit silly. I was starting to look for sources to update the answers to these questions and I found this ->
They appear to have relatively detailed answers with direct quotes and recent sources. Give them a look.
http://2016election.procon.org/
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EducationB.S. in economics; University of Pennsylvania 1968B.A. in political science; Wellesley College 1969
Doctor of Law; Yale Law School 1973
B.S. in political science; University of New Mexico 1975B.A. in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, Harvard University 1973
Harvard Medical School 1979
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Backgroundbusinessman (Chairman of The Trump Organization), billionaire, television personality, author, (politician) I believe this is due to his recent activitiesSecretary of State from 2009-2013, the Senator representing New York (D) from 2001-2009, First Lady from 1993-2001, and First Lady of Arkansas from 1979- 1981; 1983-1992businessman (founder of Big J Enterprises), Governor of New Mexico (R) from 1995-2003physician (25 years), activist, and politician
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*All information/pictures shown above from wikipedia.org
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ASocial IssuesDonald Trump (R)Hillary Clinton (D)Gary Johnson (L)Jill Stein (G)
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1Should abortion be legal? *MODIFIED TO BE YES/NO*No, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or childYesYes, however he has previously supported efforts to ban late term abortions [1]Yes, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortions
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2Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?No, marriage should be defined as between a man and womanYesYes, but allow churches the right to refuse same-sex ceremoniesYes
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3Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?Yes, as long as funding is not used for abortion procedures YesYesYes, their services reach far beyond abortions and can save many lives through cancer screening, prenatal services, and adoption referrals
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4Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs? YesNoNo, all customers deserve to be treated equallyNo, all customers deserve to be treated equally
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5Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?NoYesYesYes
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6Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?NoYesYesYes
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7Do you support the death penalty?YesYesNo, too many people are innocently convictedNo, too many people are innocently convicted
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8Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?NoNo position statedYes, but do not waste money removing existing referencesYes, but do not waste money removing existing references
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9Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?No position statedYesYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choiceYes
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10Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?NoYesYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as menYes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory
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11Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?No position statedNo position statedNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of genderYes
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12Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?NoNo, it is a symbol of racism Yes, each state should have the right to display any flag they chooseNo, it is a symbol of racism 
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[1] https://www.johnsonweld.com/abortion
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*Unless otherwise indicated, source is www.isidewith.com
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BImmigration IssuesDonald Trump (R)Hillary Clinton (D)Gary Johnson (L)Jill Stein (G)
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1Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?YesNoNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutionalNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional
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2Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?NoYes, and grant them citizenshipNo, and the government should never subsidize healthcare Yes, and grant them citizenship
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3Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?No, and all illegal immigrants should be deportedYes, and they should also be eligible for financial assistance and scholarshipsNo, they should pay the same rate as out-of-state studentsYes, and they should also be eligible for financial assistance and scholarships
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4Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship? NoYesYes, if they were born here Yes, and abolish all national borders
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5Should immigrants be required to learn English? YesNoNoNo, we should embrace the diversity that immigrants add to our country
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6Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy? YesNo, just enforce the current border policyNo, make it easier for immigrants to access temporary work visasNo, make it easier for immigrants to access temporary work visas
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7Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty? No, remove them from the U.S.Yes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal recordYes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal recordYes, create a simple path to citizenship for immigrants with no criminal record
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8Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?Yes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities and deportedNo, only if they are convicted of a violent crimeNo, only if they are convicted of a violent crimeNo, too many non-violent immigrants are being deported
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9Should the government increase the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers? 
*MODIFIED TO BE YES/NO*
No, decrease because companies are currently taking advantage of this program to decrease wagesYes, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest costYes, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest costYes
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*Unless otherwise indicated, source is www.isidewith.com
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CForeign Policy IssuesDonald Trump (R)Hillary Clinton (D)Gary Johnson (L)Jill Stein (G)
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1Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?No, and send all refugees back to SyriaYes
Note: Background checks are already in place [2] and I'm not aware of her proposing they be eliminated
Yes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connectionsYes, but we should accept much more than the proposed 10,000 refugees
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2Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?No, they are not U.S. citizens and do not have constitutional rightsYes, give them a fair trial and shut down Guantanamo BayNo, they should be tried in military tribunals but not subject to tortureYes, give them a fair trial and shut down Guantanamo Bay
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3Should the government decrease military spending?No, increase the military budgetNo, do not change current military budgetYesYes
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4Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists? Yes, we must use any means necessary to prevent terrorismNoNo, torture is an ineffective form of interrogationNo, torture is inhumane, unethical, and violates the 8th amendment
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5Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS? Yes, and send in ground troopsYes, but only with targeted airstrikesNo, we should stay out of Middle Eastern conflictsNo
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6Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service? No position statedNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligationNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligationNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation
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7Should the U.S. continue to support Israel? YesYesYes, but respect Israel’s sovereignty and do not dictate how it should interact with its neighborsNot the current administration
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8Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?YesYesYesYes
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9Should the government send in ground troops to fight ISIS?YesNo, conduct targeted airstrikes insteadNo, not until they attack us on U.S. soilNo
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10Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?Yes, the U.S. needs to use all means necessary to combat terrorismYesNo, the military has no right to do so without a Congressional declaration of warNo
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11Should the U.S. close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? No, most of the detainees are too dangerous to be released or transferredYesYesYes, and it is unconstitutional to indefinitely hold suspected terrorists without trial
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12Should the government increase foreign aid spending?
*MODIFIED TO BE YES/NO*
NoYesNo, decrease until we drastically reduce our national budget deficitYes, but only for countries that have no human rights violations
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13Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?YesYesYesYes
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14Should the government conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities? No, we should let China address this issueNo, we must use every diplomatic option firstNo, and I am not convinced that North Korea has or is capable of developing a long-range nuclear missileNo
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15Should the U.S. overthrow President Assad of Syria?No, this would allow ISIS to control SyriaYes, but only if we join an international coalitionNo, this would allow ISIS to control SyriaNo
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16Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?Yes, surveillance of all foreign countries is essential to tracking potential terrorist threatsNoNo, and abolish the NSA No, spying on our allies severely damages our reputation abroad
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17Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?NoYes, and establish a no-fly zoneNo, we should not get involvedNo
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18Should our country defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?No position statedNo position statedNo, and we should withdraw from NATONo, and we should withdraw from NATO
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[2] http://time.com/4116619/syrian-refugees-screening-process/
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*Unless otherwise indicated, source is www.isidewith.com
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DEconomic IssuesDonald Trump (R)Hillary Clinton (D)Gary Johnson (L)Jill Stein (G)
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1Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?YesYesNo, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salaryYes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position
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2Should all welfare recipients be tested for drugs?YesNoNo, this is a waste of time and moneyNo, this is a waste of time and money
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3Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?YesYesNo, and eliminate all federal wage standards Yes, and make it a living wage
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4Should physically and mentally capable adults on welfare be required to work?Yes, anyone receiving government benefits should be required to workYesYesNo, “workfare” is a form of slave labor
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5Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?No position statedYesNo, private businesses should decide the amount of competitive incentives they offer to employees instead of a government mandateYes, but the federal government should sponsor this program instead of businesses
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6Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?YesNo, cuts to public spending will negatively affect the economyYes, and eliminate federal agencies that are unconstitutionalNo, reduce military spending instead 
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7Should the U.S. reduce corporate income tax rates?YesNo, and raise corporate income tax ratesYes, but I would prefer to abolish corporate income taxes No, and raise corporate income tax rates
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8Do you believe labor unions help the economy?
*MODIFIED TO BE YES/NO*
Yes, in theory but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limitedYesNoYes
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9Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?YesYesNo, and the government is currently over-regulating private businessesYes, and the government should do more to protect workers’ rights
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10Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?YesYesNo, increasing the capital gains tax will limit investment in our economyYes, and increase to the average U.S. tax rate (31.5%)
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11Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress? YesNo position statedYes, but I would prefer to abolish it and return to the gold standardYes
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12Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?No, this will incentivize companies to move U.S. jobs overseas No, there are too many hidden provisions in this specific agreementYes, but not all partsNo
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13Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?No position statedNoYes, but only for future workersNo, privately managed accounts will jeopardize the financial security of senior citizens
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14Should the government subsidize farmers?No, end all government subsidies and let the free market run its courseYesNo, end all government subsidies and let the free market run its course Yes, but only small local farms instead of large corporations 
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15Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?YesNoNoNo, property taxes are the most reliable and consistent form of state revenue
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16Should citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?No, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxesNo, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes YesNo, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes 
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17Should the U.S. government bailout Puerto Rico?NoYesNoYes
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18Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?NoYesNo, the federal government does not have the authority to impose state and local taxes Yes
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19Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?No position statedNoYes, but it should not replace our national treasury-backed currencyNo
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*Unless otherwise indicated, source is www.isidewith.com
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EEducation IssuesDonald Trump (R)Hillary Clinton (D)Gary Johnson (L)Jill Stein (G)
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1Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?NoYesNoYes, and increase government funding so every student receives a free college education
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2Do you support Common Core national standards?No, education should be handled at the state and local level instead of the national levelYesNo, education should be handled at the state and local level instead of the national levelNo, teach to each student's potential instead of uniform testing
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*Unless otherwise indicated, source is www.isidewith.com
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FHealthcare IssuesDonald Trump (R)Hillary Clinton (D)Gary Johnson (L)Jill Stein (G)
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1Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?No, government should not be involved in healthcareYesNo, government should not be involved in healthcareYes, but a mandatory single payer system would be even better
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2Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?Yes, but only for medical useYes, but only for medical useYes, and legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing itYes, and legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it
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3Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?YesYesNo, and each state should decide their own level of coverageYes, but I prefer switching to a single payer healthcare system 
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*Unless otherwise indicated, source is www.isidewith.com
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GDomestic Policy IssuesDonald Trump (R)Hillary Clinton (D)Gary Johnson (L)Jill Stein (G)
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1Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?NoYes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and trainingNo, only for criminals and the mentally illYes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training
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2Should people on the “no-fly list” be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?NoYes, if the government considers you too dangerous to board a plane you should not be able to buy a gunNo, it is unconstitutional to deny someone’s rights without due processYes
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3Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?No position statedYesYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruptionYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption
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4Should the Senate hold hearings and a vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee?NoYesNo position statedYes
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5Should corporations and unions (Super PACs) be allowed to donate to political candidates?NoNo, corporations are not people and should not be allowed to finance political campaignsYes, any restriction on campaign spending violates the first amendmentNo, corporations are not people and should not be allowed to finance political campaigns
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6Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?Yes, until the frequency of terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists decreaseNo, targeting Muslims is unconstitutional, racist, and incendiaryNo, targeting Muslims is unconstitutional, racist, and incendiaryNo, targeting Muslims is unconstitutional, racist, and incendiary
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7Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?YesNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internetNo, this would allow them to remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and increase pricesNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet
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