This Site Shows Which Political Candidates Are Most Like You

Ben Stegner 30-11-2015

The United States Presidential Election of 2016 is underway, and while there are plenty of ways to track the campaign 6 Resources to Help You Track the 2016 US Presidential Election The people’s right to vote determines the outcome of an election. Be an informed voter and take this important task seriously with the help of these tools. Read More , you might not be sure which candidates you should support yet.


By using the bipartisan iSideWith political quiz, you can quickly find out how your political views match up against all candidates currently in the running.

Note: Neither the writer nor MakeUseOf advocates any specific political party with this post. This resource is completely neutral and is given as an information outlet only.

The quiz is relatively straightforward: there are questions on social, environmental, economic, and policy issues. Once you complete the quiz, you’ll see the 2016 candidates that most closely match your views. That’s all.

If you’re interested, you can choose a candidate and dive into the details of their responses vs. yours. You can also view the polls page to get results on specific issues from other site visitors.


There are three things you should note to get the most out of this quiz. First, when you reach the end of a category, be sure to click the Show X more questions so you can answer everything.

Second, though it’s tempting to just answer Yes or No, try clicking on Other stances to see more possible responses. They’re usually in the form of Yes, but… and allow you to show why you hold a particular stance.

Finally, don’t miss the slider on the left side of the question. This lets you set how important an issue is to you on a scale from 1 to 5. By fine-tuning how questions are weighed, you get a better idea of which candidates match you.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    "By using the bipartisan ....".

    So you admit right off the bat that you use discriminatory sites that favor only the 2-major parties over smaller minority parties ! But should we expect better from MakeUseOf as a well-known site but to endorse the 2-party system over new-comers ?

    Try non-partisan sites/quizes next time ... regardless of who is running. :D

  2. Anonymous
    November 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    It says I side with Ben Carson 93% of the time. Which I guess would be mostly accurate from my own political research I have done on all the candidates so far. I am pretty moderate with social issues, or I lean slightly left on some social issues or just do not care at all about some of the issues. I also side with Rand Paul, which makes sense due to my libertarian tendencies with a lot of things.

    I'm a big supporter of shooting sports, so the issue of gun rights is a very hot topic of mine. A lot of people don't realize that we already have a national background check system; however, the current system has flaws and is not enforced, so simply passing more background check laws will be ineffective since our current laws are not enforced the way they should be. I say enforce the laws we currently have, and patrol areas of high crime to get criminals off the streets. It is the law abiding citizens who get hurt the most by these additional laws.

    Anyway, this is a technology blog, not a political blog, so I'll just stop right here on that. It's my opinion, and I know I can't change everyone's minds who has their minds made up already, I just like to inform those who are unaware.

    The problem with most voters it that they are not informed at all and do not even care or make decisions for themselves. I encourage everyone to look deeply into each candidate and make sure you support the one's who uphold the Constitution of the United States, and support our freedoms.

  3. Anonymous
    November 30, 2015 at 11:27 am

    It says I side with Sanders 81% of the time. Sadly, we diverge on gun control, and as a moderate-left gun owner, I cannot support a gun control advocate.

    It also says I side with the Libertarian Party 85% of the time. Sadly, I cannot support them too, since they are against net neutrality.