This is very cool. USA Today’s put together a candidate match game to help voters work out which US presidential hopefuls best share their views on the key issues.
Here’s how it works:
Polls suggest Americans are concerned primarily with a few key issues in the 2008 presidential election. USA TODAY researched candidate positions on those top issues Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬” Iraq, immigration and health care Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬” as well as a few others that may influence the election. We then came up with 11 multiple-choice questions that would help differentiate the candidates and their stances.
As you answer the questions, you can roll over each color bar below the candidates’ heads to find background on their positions. Your answers are matched with the positions of the presidential hopefuls to reveal the candidate (or candidates) closest to your views. The sliders on the right allow you to assign relative weights to match the importance that you place on each issue.
The options are quite narrow given what passes for political debate in the US and somehow I’ve ended up with Kucinich, but it seems like the kind of thing that could easily be adapted for New Zealand conditions next year.
You can take the test over at USA Today.
[Hat tip: Concerned of Linwood]