2020 will be here before we know it, and we know it is quickly approaching based on how many individuals have already thrown their candidate hats in the Presidential ring. There’s no doubt more will be joining them in the near future, and choosing who to vote for in primaries and in the general election could get overwhelming. Fortunately, the quiz “I Side With” is here to help.
This site began in March 2012 and has been evolving with each election year. They have even expanded to cover races in Australia, Canada, the UK, Spain, and India. The most popular is obviously the U.S. presidential election candidate matching, but you can also be matched with state and local candidates. The site is constantly being updated, and will add more Presidential hopefuls as they enter the race. Through its existence, the site has stayed pretty unbiased and is trusted by both sides of the aisle to reach accurate results. It prides itself on having no affiliations with candidates, political parties, corporate sponsors, investors, or interest groups. The only critique for this site I have seen is that it elevates third party candidates by gifting them with more visibility and recognition than they usually receive, but I would argue this isn’t a negative thing when striving for fairness in who each person is really matching with.
Matches are calculated based on candidate’s official stances on issues, the length of time the stance has been held, or how often they talk about core issues, increasing the candidates “passion rating” for each subject or question. For instance, the more President Trump mentions the border wall in his speeches or rallys, the higher that subject’s level of importance will be. The developers of the site are constantly analyzing new or flipped stances, speeches, and who could be entering a race. The quiz questions also get updated periodically.
Taking this quiz could take you anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on how extensive you choose to make it. Each category starts with 2-4 questions, and at the bottom of each section will be an option to “Answer more questions”. Loading and answering more questions will give you more accurate results by further refining your views on dozens of different issues currently facing our country. Another way to ensure more accurate results is by answering each question with a more personalized answer than just “yes” or “no”. This quiz gives us the option to choose from several stances on each question by clicking the “other stances” option. For instance, in response to the question, “What is your stance on abortion”, the “other stances” options include:
Pro-life, and I also oppose abortion for victims of rape and incest
Pro-life, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child
Pro-choice, but ban after the first three months
I don’t agree but the government has no right to ban it, but pro-choice
Pro-choice, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortions