Well, here’s a big secret of mine that I’m probably going to get a ton of flack for from my friends: I’ve never voted before.
I’ve been registered to vote since I was 18, but in the last several elections, I was either:
1) in college and didn’t get an absentee ballot (and ironically this was the year I worked for Marist Poll and was calling Americans asking who they were planning on voting for)
2) was completely apathetic (and yes, when asked about my political views, I’ve stated them as apathetic)
Call it the Trump effect, but this year I’ve been much more interested in the election – I even watched the Democratic debate two weeks ago.
I have a vague idea of who I would vote for if the election was today, but I felt like I was not educated on all the issues, so when a friend posted this website, ISideWith, on Facebook the other night, I thought I’d give it a try. You answer a series of several questions with your opinion, from questions on the death penalty to legalization of marijuana, to women’s rights, to Syria. After the quiz is complete, you’ll find out how well you match with each candidate. As I filled it out, what I like about the quiz is that if you aren’t familiar on an issue, you can hit a question mark to learn more about what’s going on. For example, I didn’t know much about off-shore drilling (remember, I’m apathetic normally). I was able to see the pro and con side of the issue.
My advice is when you fill it out, to actually hit the buttons on how much each issue matters to you. I was rushing to get it done and wish I spent a tad more time on it. And as I’m writing this, I just realized that this is eerily similar to the OkCupid quizzes to find how much you match with someone – but this time you are matching with a candidate. But just like a dating profile, even if you aren’t a 100% match, hopefully you’ll find a candidate that you feel comfortable with.
My top match wasn’t my favorite candidate, but was a very close second. What I liked too was that I could see where we differed in viewpoints. And where we agreed.
Have you tried ISideWith? Do you think it’s a helpful tool in finding a candidate you endorse?