The People vs. the Politicians on war, constitutional rights, and immigration

Let’s see how well the presidential candidates matched up with what the citizens of the United States actually want. There are a few areas where I couldn’t find a particular candidate’s stance, or a poll that reflects the citizens’ beliefs. For the most part, however, the information is pretty comprehensive.

Rocky Anderson (Justice):  

  • End wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now
  • Opposes Iran sanctions
  • Reduce Pentagon budget by 50%
  • Close Guantanamo Bay
  • No torture
  • Nuclear disarmament

Gary Johnson (Libertarian):  

  • End wars in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan now
  • Cut aid to Israel
  • Opposes Iran sanctions
  • Reevaluate all foreign deployment
  • No torture

Barack Obama (Democratic):  

  • End war in Afghanistan in 2014
  • The war in Iraq is over
  • Supports Iran sanctions
  • Has not closed Guantanamo Bay
  • Made decision on Libya intervention

Mitt Romney (Republican):  

  • Stand beside Israel
  • Let military determine Iraq and Afghan withdrawal timetables
  • Supports Iran sanctions
  • Supports limited Libya intervention
  • Opposes closing Guantanamo Bay
  • Supports expanded military funding

Jill Stein (Green):  

  • End all wars now
  • Ban use of drones
  • Reduce Pentagon budget by 50%
  • No torture
  • Nuclear disarmament

AMERICANS:

(note: highest percentage is listed)

  • 62% believe no country should have access to nuclear weapons
  • 60% believe we should not be in Afghanistan
  • 66% think we should not be in Iraq
  • 49% think we should have stayed out of Libya
  • 66% think torture is wrong
  • 56% think the U.S. is spending too much on foreign aid
  • 41% think the military is over-funded (PollingReport.com)

Most matches: Tie between Jill Stein and Gary Johnson

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS 

Rocky Anderson (Justice):  

  • End search without warrant
  • End government spying on citizens
  • Supports gay marriage
  • Opposes absolute gun ownership right
  • Opposes National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
  • Opposes Patriot Act

Gary Johnson (Libertarian):  

  • Limit TSA pat downs and body scans to high-risk individuals
  • Conserve gun rights
  • Supports gay marriage
  • Supports legalized prostitution
  • Opposes NDAA
  • Opposes Patriot Act

Barack Obama (Democratic):  

  • Supports gay marriage
  • Supports Affirmative Action
  • Supports 2nd amendment and the right to local gun bans
  • Signed NDAA into law
  • Renewed and expanded the Patriot Act

Mitt Romney (Republican): 

  • Granted women’s equality rights as church leader
  • Supports domestic partnerships for gay people.
  • Opposes new gun laws
  • Right to be kept alive means secret government surveillance is okay (per ontheissues.org)

Jill Stein (Green):  

  • Supports gay marriage
  • Prohibit infringement on peaceful assembly and protest
  • Opposes NDAA
  • Opposes Patriot Act

AMERICANS:

(note: highest percentage is listed)

  • 42% think Patriot Act is necessary (Pew)
  • 50% believe gay marriage should be legalized.
  • 76% oppose NDAA
  • 76% think there should be some restrictions on gun ownership. (PollingReport.com)

Most Matches: Tie between Rocky Anderson and Barack Obama

IMMIGRATION

Rocky Anderson (Justice):  

  • Most illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay
  • Assimilation should be a top priority

Gary Johnson (Libertarian):  

  • Ease work visa requirements
  • Let some illegals stay
  • “One strike and you’re out” for legal immigrants

Barack Obama (Democratic):  

  • Focus deportations on criminals and people who have no roots in US.
  • Signed executive order allowing 1.7 million illegals brought to the country as children to live and work here without legal status.

Mitt Romney (Republican):  

  • Securing the border is top priority
  • Create a high-tech border fence
  • Will honor Obama’s executive order
  • Enforce employment law so illegals will self-deport
  • Encourage immigrants with advanced degrees

Jill Stein (Green):  

  • End War on Immigrants
  • Halt deportations
  • Repeal Secure Communities Act

AMERICANS:

(note: highest percentage is listed)

  • 57% think the main focus of the issue should be on border security (Rasmussen)
  • 64% agreed with Barack Obama’s decision to stop deporting illegals who were brought to the country as children. (PollingReport.com)

Most Matches: Mitt Romney

I learned a lot by researching the candidates, but the biggest surprise was learning how very little my beliefs align with other Americans! (That is, if the polls are to be believed. I do think the polls are released not so much to report on people’s thinking, so much as to influence the way people vote. But that’s a blog for another day.)

I’ll be posting some other comparisons soon on these topics: Internet law, Abortion, Environment, Economy, Healthcare, Elections, Crime, and Education. Stay tuned!

Part II: Abortion, Internet, & Third Parties

Part III: Healthcare, Education, & Crime

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