Election 2016: Comparing the Candidates

Yesterday, I posted about third-party candidates and urged folks to vote for them in the upcoming 2016 elections. When people hear of third-party candidates, if they can think of any at all, they usually go to Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, perennial candidates of the third-party persuasion. However, there are more beyond just these two. But what does each stand for, and how do they compare against the two major candidates?

Well, I wanted to know this myself, so I used ISideWith.com, which has a comprehensive Quiz that one can take to find out their political party alignment and which candidate they also most align with. While ISideWith.com had previously displayed *all* candidates with the Quiz results, they unfortunately now only show Clinton, Johnson, Stein, and Trump. The other candidates are housed elsewhere. Still, I sought their own answers out, then made a spreadsheet that compared each candidate’s answer, side-by-side. It is presented below.
For almost each question of the Quiz, you can choose to show more answers to make your answer more nuanced.

Here is the spreadsheet.

Continue on for more information and analysis.

Some notes about the spreadsheet:
  1. If a candidate did not answer a question, N/A is in its place (no answer)
  2. If a candidate answered a question with an option other than a Yes/No, Agree/Disagree, Increase/Decrease, and so forth (Note: ), you will instead see the word “Nuanced” as an answer. Additionally, a triangle in the top right corner of a cell. This means that, when you hover over that cell, you will get more information on the answer.
  3. Similar to the above, if a cell IS marked with one of the standard answers, but still has a triangle in the top right corner of its cell, then you can also hover over it for more information as well.
  4. Issues are along the bottom in alphabetical order. You can scroll and select a tab for specific issues.
  5. The candidates compared in the spreadsheet are those included in ISideWith.com comparison. In alphabetical order, they include the following:
    • Darrell Castle (Constitution Party)
      Darrell Castle is the Constitution Party’s 2016 nominee for President. Castle is an activist and attorney from Memphis Tennessee. Castle is an alumnus of East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in political science and history before completing his law degree at University of Memphis.
    • Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party)
      Hillary Clinton is the nominee for the Democratic Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination. Clinton served as United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, a U.S. Senator from New York State from 2001 to 2009 and First Lady of the United States under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. Clinton is an alumna of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.
    • Rocky De La Fuente (Reform Party)
      De La Fuente is an independent candidate who also has won the nomination of the Reform Party and the American Delta Party. An extremely successful businessman in his own right, he is the only first-generation Hispanic American to have ever qualified to run in the General Election.
    • Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)
      Gary Johnson is a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 nomination for President. Johnson served as the governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. Johnson is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico –Albuquerque.
    • Evan McMullin (Independent Party)
      David Evan McMullin is the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives and a former CIA operations officer.
    • Jill Stein (Green Party)
      Jill Stein is a candidate for the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Stein is a physician and was a candidate for the Governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. Stein is an alumna of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
    • Donald Trump (Republican Party)
      Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s 2016 nominee for President. Trump is a New York City based real estate developer, television personality and author. Trump is an alumnus of Fordham University and the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

 

Analysis

Below is some statistical analysis from each category. I have noted where only one or two candidates felt a certain way about an issue, where every other candidate felt the opposite. In a few instances, I have noted when three felt a certain way about an issue if it was a surprising and unexpected stance from the group of candidates.
The categories appear in alphabetical order, as they are in the spreadsheet.

Criminal
  • Darrell Castle and Donald Trump are the only candidates that do not want body cameras on police officers to be mandatory
  • Trump is the only candidate that believes convicted felons should no longer have the right to vote.
Domestic
  • Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton are the only two candidates that want more restrictions on the process of purchasing a gun
  • Stein, Clinton, and Trump are the only ones that believe those on the no-fly list should be banned from purchasing guns
  • Darrell Castle is the only candidate that is against term limits for members of Congress
  • Castle, Clinton, and Stein believe gun manufacturers should be allowed to be sued by victims of gun violence.
  • Donald Trump is the only candidate that believes in the increase of local police surveillance and patrol in Muslim neighborhoods
  • Gary Johnson is the only candidate that believes that corporations and unions (Super PACs) should be allowed to donate to political campaigns
  • Trump is the only candidate that belives the NSA should be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations.
  • Gary Johnson is the only candidate that believes that 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)?
  • Castle is the only candidate that believes the redrawing of Congressional districts should be controlled by an independent non-partisan committee (Trump did not answer this).
Economic
  • Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that does not believe the Federal Reserve Bank should be audited by Congress
  • Clinton and Stein are the only candidates that do not support a decrease in the current estate tax (Castle did not answer)
  • Clinton and Stein are the only candidates that do not support pension plans for federal/state/local government workers to transition into privately managed accounts
  • Trump is the only candidate that supports an increase in sals tax in order to reduce property taxes
  • Johnson and Trump are the only candidates that do not support in-state sales tax being applied to online purchases of in-state buyers from out of state sellers
Education
  • Hillary Clinton and Rocky De La Fuente are the only candidates that support Common Core national standards
Environmental
  • Rocky De La Fuente and Jill Stein are the only candidates opposed to hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources
Foreign Policy
  • Castle and Trump are the only candidates that are opposed to the US accepting Syrian refugees
  • Donald Trump is the only candidate that believes in the military using enhanced interrogation techniques (such as waterboarding) to gain information from suspected terrorists
  • Clinton, Stein, and Trump each want to formally declare war in ISIS
  • Rocky De La Fuente and Evan McMullin are the only two candidates that want to use ground troops to combat ISIS
  • Castle and Trump are the only two candidates that are opposed to the US remaining a part of the United Nations
  • Clinton and McMullin are the only two candidates that support military aid being provided to Saudia Arabia during its conflict with Yemen
  • Trump and McMullin are the only two candidates opposed to the lifting of the trade and travel embargo on Cuba
  • Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that supports a US overthrow of President Assad of Syria
  • De La Fuente and McMullin are the only two candidates that support the continued use of surveillance by the US on its allies
  • Stein and Trump are opposed to the US defending other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets in relation to their GDP
  • Clinton and McMullin are the only two candidates that support preventing Russia from conductin airstrikes in Syria
  • Clinton and McMullin are the only two candidates that support the US providing military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia
Healthcare
  • Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein believe the government should regulate the prices of life-saving drugs (Castle did not respond)
  • Evan McMullin is the only candidate that is opposed to the legalization of marijuana (medical or otherwise)
Immigration
  • Darrell Castle is the only candidate that answered “Yes” to if Muslim immigrants should be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists. Trump answered “No, but we should ban those from high-risk countries.”
  • Castle and Trump both oppose children of illegal immigrants being granted legal citizenship
  • Trump is the only candidate that believes immigrants should be required to learn English (Castle did not answer)
  • Castle and Trump are the only two candidates that believe the government should decrease the amount of temporary work vias given to high-skilled immigrant workers
Science
  • Johnson is the only candidate that does not believe the federal government should require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases (Castle did not answer)
  • Rocky De La Fuente and Donald Trump both oppose the government funding space travel
  • Jill Stein is the only candidate opposed to the use of nuclear energy (Castle did not answer)
Social
  • Rocky De La Fuente is the only candidate that opposed marital rape being classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape.
  • Castle and Trump are the only two candidates opposed to military women serving in combat roles
  • Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein are the only two candidates that believe businesses should be required to have women on their board of directors

Yesterday, I posted about third-party candidates and urged folks to vote for them in the upcoming 2016 elections. When people hear of third-party candidates, if they can think of any at all, they usually go to Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, perennial candidates of the third-party persuasion. However, there are more beyond just these two. But what does each stand for, and how do they compare against the two major candidates?

Well, I wanted to know this myself, so I used ISideWith.com, which has a comprehensive Quiz that one can take to find out their political party alignment and which candidate they also most align with. While ISideWith.com had previously displayed *all* candidates with the Quiz results, they unfortunately now only show Clinton, Johnson, Stein, and Trump. The other candidates are housed elsewhere. Still, I sought their own answers out, then made a spreadsheet that compared each candidate’s answer, side-by-side. It is presented below.
For almost each question of the Quiz, you can choose to show more answers to make your answer more nuanced.

Here is the spreadsheet.

Continue on for more information and analysis.

Some notes about the spreadsheet:
  1. If a candidate did not answer a question, N/A is in its place (no answer)
  2. If a candidate answered a question with an option other than a Yes/No, Agree/Disagree, Increase/Decrease, and so forth (Note: ), you will instead see the word “Nuanced” as an answer. Additionally, a triangle in the top right corner of a cell. This means that, when you hover over that cell, you will get more information on the answer.
  3. Similar to the above, if a cell IS marked with one of the standard answers, but still has a triangle in the top right corner of its cell, then you can also hover over it for more information as well.
  4. Issues are along the bottom in alphabetical order. You can scroll and select a tab for specific issues.
  5. The candidates compared in the spreadsheet are those included in ISideWith.com comparison. In alphabetical order, they include the following:
    • Darrell Castle (Constitution Party)
      Darrell Castle is the Constitution Party’s 2016 nominee for President. Castle is an activist and attorney from Memphis Tennessee. Castle is an alumnus of East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in political science and history before completing his law degree at University of Memphis.
    • Hillary Clinton (Democratic Party)
      Hillary Clinton is the nominee for the Democratic Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination. Clinton served as United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, a U.S. Senator from New York State from 2001 to 2009 and First Lady of the United States under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. Clinton is an alumna of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.
    • Rocky De La Fuente (Reform Party)
      De La Fuente is an independent candidate who also has won the nomination of the Reform Party and the American Delta Party. An extremely successful businessman in his own right, he is the only first-generation Hispanic American to have ever qualified to run in the General Election.
    • Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)
      Gary Johnson is a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 nomination for President. Johnson served as the governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. Johnson is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico –Albuquerque.
    • Evan McMullin (Independent Party)
      David Evan McMullin is the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives and a former CIA operations officer.
    • Jill Stein (Green Party)
      Jill Stein is a candidate for the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Stein is a physician and was a candidate for the Governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. Stein is an alumna of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
    • Donald Trump (Republican Party)
      Donald Trump is the Republican Party’s 2016 nominee for President. Trump is a New York City based real estate developer, television personality and author. Trump is an alumnus of Fordham University and the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

 

Analysis

Below is some statistical analysis from each category. I have noted where only one or two candidates felt a certain way about an issue, where every other candidate felt the opposite. In a few instances, I have noted when three felt a certain way about an issue if it was a surprising and unexpected stance from the group of candidates.
The categories appear in alphabetical order, as they are in the spreadsheet.

Criminal
  • Darrell Castle and Donald Trump are the only candidates that do not want body cameras on police officers to be mandatory
  • Trump is the only candidate that believes convicted felons should no longer have the right to vote.
Domestic
  • Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton are the only two candidates that want more restrictions on the process of purchasing a gun
  • Stein, Clinton, and Trump are the only ones that believe those on the no-fly list should be banned from purchasing guns
  • Darrell Castle is the only candidate that is against term limits for members of Congress
  • Castle, Clinton, and Stein believe gun manufacturers should be allowed to be sued by victims of gun violence.
  • Donald Trump is the only candidate that believes in the increase of local police surveillance and patrol in Muslim neighborhoods
  • Gary Johnson is the only candidate that believes that corporations and unions (Super PACs) should be allowed to donate to political campaigns
  • Trump is the only candidate that belives the NSA should be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations.
  • Gary Johnson is the only candidate that believes that 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)?
  • Castle is the only candidate that believes the redrawing of Congressional districts should be controlled by an independent non-partisan committee (Trump did not answer this).
Economic
  • Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that does not believe the Federal Reserve Bank should be audited by Congress
  • Clinton and Stein are the only candidates that do not support a decrease in the current estate tax (Castle did not answer)
  • Clinton and Stein are the only candidates that do not support pension plans for federal/state/local government workers to transition into privately managed accounts
  • Trump is the only candidate that supports an increase in sals tax in order to reduce property taxes
  • Johnson and Trump are the only candidates that do not support in-state sales tax being applied to online purchases of in-state buyers from out of state sellers
Education
  • Hillary Clinton and Rocky De La Fuente are the only candidates that support Common Core national standards
Environmental
  • Rocky De La Fuente and Jill Stein are the only candidates opposed to hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources
Foreign Policy
  • Castle and Trump are the only candidates that are opposed to the US accepting Syrian refugees
  • Donald Trump is the only candidate that believes in the military using enhanced interrogation techniques (such as waterboarding) to gain information from suspected terrorists
  • Clinton, Stein, and Trump each want to formally declare war in ISIS
  • Rocky De La Fuente and Evan McMullin are the only two candidates that want to use ground troops to combat ISIS
  • Castle and Trump are the only two candidates that are opposed to the US remaining a part of the United Nations
  • Clinton and McMullin are the only two candidates that support military aid being provided to Saudia Arabia during its conflict with Yemen
  • Trump and McMullin are the only two candidates opposed to the lifting of the trade and travel embargo on Cuba
  • Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that supports a US overthrow of President Assad of Syria
  • De La Fuente and McMullin are the only two candidates that support the continued use of surveillance by the US on its allies
  • Stein and Trump are opposed to the US defending other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets in relation to their GDP
  • Clinton and McMullin are the only two candidates that support preventing Russia from conductin airstrikes in Syria
  • Clinton and McMullin are the only two candidates that support the US providing military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia
Healthcare
  • Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein believe the government should regulate the prices of life-saving drugs (Castle did not respond)
  • Evan McMullin is the only candidate that is opposed to the legalization of marijuana (medical or otherwise)
Immigration
  • Darrell Castle is the only candidate that answered “Yes” to if Muslim immigrants should be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists. Trump answered “No, but we should ban those from high-risk countries.”
  • Castle and Trump both oppose children of illegal immigrants being granted legal citizenship
  • Trump is the only candidate that believes immigrants should be required to learn English (Castle did not answer)
  • Castle and Trump are the only two candidates that believe the government should decrease the amount of temporary work vias given to high-skilled immigrant workers
Science
  • Johnson is the only candidate that does not believe the federal government should require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases (Castle did not answer)
  • Rocky De La Fuente and Donald Trump both oppose the government funding space travel
  • Jill Stein is the only candidate opposed to the use of nuclear energy (Castle did not answer)
Social
  • Rocky De La Fuente is the only candidate that opposed marital rape being classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape.
  • Castle and Trump are the only two candidates opposed to military women serving in combat roles
  • Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein are the only two candidates that believe businesses should be required to have women on their board of directors

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Jason L. Hubsch

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