Presidential Match-o-Matic

Just for fun, I tried this quiz from ABC News. Pretty accurate – for me at least. What presidential candidate do you most closely match up with. My top three:

#3. Hillary Clinton
#2. Mike Gravel

#1. Bill Richardson

That doesn’t surprise me at all.

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  1. 1
    Jen says:

    But what are you supposed to do if you get Biden? I already knew that. He’s experienced, he’s witty and sensible, he sticks his foot in his mouth like I do, and he’s clean!

  2. 2
    Zifnab says:

    3) Edwards
    2) Kucinich
    1) Gravel

    Some of those questions were horribly worded, and the quote extrapolation was just as bad. Bleh. I’m learning to like ABC less and less.

  3. 3
    ThymeZone says:

    My perfect candidate was Pat Paulsen.

    Since then, nobody has really inspired me.

  4. 4
    mrmobi says:

    3) Biden
    2) Gravel
    1) Kucinich

    Yikes, says the Obama-supporter.

  5. 5
    Buck says:

    #1) Ron Paul

    #2) Mike Gravel

    #3) Dennis Kucinich

    I guess this is what happens to a person who spends too much time reading Lew Rockwell and Justin Raimondo.

  6. 6
    Ninerdave says:

    I wouldn’t say accurate, I scored:

    1) Mike Gravel
    2) Dennis Kucinich
    3) Barack Obama

    I think the first two are nuts, even though I mar agree with their Iraq war positions.

  7. 7
    jcricket says:

    Since this is open-threadish, here’s a great post about how the “glory days” of righteous perfection, moral claritude and universal politeness the right pines for (and tells us we have fallen away from) never existed. Bonus points if you can guess who said these things and when without reading the post first:

    That such brutal language as “You cock-sucking son of a bitch!” “You prick-eating bastard!” “You cunt-lapping dog!” “Kiss my ass you son of a bitch!” “A dog must have fucked your mother when she made you!” “I fucked your mother, your sister, your wife!” “I’ll make you suck my ass!” “You cock-sucker!” and many other revolting terms are used by a limited number of […] to […] is vouched for by the almost unanimous assertion of those invited to speak and who are competent to speak from personal knowledge.

    The from whom/to whom are blanked out just for fun.

  8. 8
    Z says:

    I had 1) Dodd 2) Biden 3) Clinton.


  9. 9
    4tehlulz says:

    I had:

    1. Kucinich
    2. Gravel
    3. Obama

    That last question about experience hoses the data, I suspect.

  10. 10
    guyermo says:

    ugh. The three in the democratic field that i would never vote for.

    1, kucinich
    2. gravel
    3. Biden

  11. 11
    jcricket says:


    #3) Bill Richardson

    #2) Mike Gravel

    #1) Dennis Kucinich

    And I’m not particularly left-wing. Shows just how far the right has moved the center when Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are the best candidates for moderates.

    For me it was probably because of my support for gay marriage, single-payer, get out of Iraq, repeal the bush tax cuts. If that makes me a nutball moonbat leftard, so be it.

  12. 12
    Mark S. says:

    1. Biden

    2. Clinton
    3. Dodd

    I only agreed with Biden on six of the questions, and one of those was the stupid question about what the candidate’s previous job was. And I only agreed with Dodd on three, including the Senator one. I must be out of the mainstream.

  13. 13
    DragonScholar says:

    1) Kucinich
    2) Gravel
    3) Richardson

    . . . eh. Well three unelectables, but still, I answered honestly.

    This is why we need multiple political parties. To make the system more stirred up, have more shots and new ideas, and confuse the heck out of the lobbyists who will be less sure who to bribe.

  14. 14
    cleek says:

    1. Kucinich
    2. Gravel
    3. Obama

    this one says i’m 88% Gravel.

    it’s all BS. i’m 100% Rudy, because i have this closet full of brown shirts and combat boots, and no reason to wear them!

  15. 15
    Bombadil says:

    Mine were the same as Zifnab — 3) Edwards, 2)Kucinich and 1) Gravel.

    Bizarre. And a pretty crappy picture of Gravel, too.

  16. 16
    Dreggas says:

    #3. Hillary Clinton

    #2. Mike Gravel

    #1. Bill Richardson

    That doesn’t surprise me at all

    Tell me again why you’re a republican? Sorry but had to get that one in there Michael. Then again 2 of the 3 for you are “centrists”.

  17. 17
    Jen says:

    An email exchange with my dad, who loves me even tho I turned out all pinko, uncorrected for Republican punctuation:

    Does this just do Republican’s or are the Democrat’s in here?

    I came out Mitt Romney, Rudy G and then Mike H. Thought sure I would come out Hilary.

    — Dad

    It does the Democrats too. You just have to put in the sensible answers to see them.

    — Jen

  18. 18
    jenniebee says:

    I got Gravel, Kucinich, Biden. The questions were bizarre – three or four reactionary (ergo, sensible) options, and then one wacktastic lefty option. For instance, several of the Democratic front-runners are suggesting public-private competition for health care plans, but that didn’t show up on the list; the closest to it was an outright single-payer system. But there was room in the options for “scrap the current system and let the free market solve it.” Hello? the current “system” that nobody thinks is working particularly well is the free market solution.

    Liberal media, my Aunt Fanny.

  19. 19
    Seanly says:

    3. Biden
    2. Kucinich
    1. Gravel

    Ummmmm I don’t think so. Maybe Biden if he apologized for being a shill for credit card companies. Gravel is crazy.

    I’m sad that nobody has talked about a subject dear to my heart: infrastructure. I design bridges and would love if we had enough money to do all the work that needs to be done.

    The link from Cleek above was interested. Weight the issues & then answer just a few questions. That came up with 90% for Kucinich & Gravel for me. Edwards & Clinton were 84%, Obama 82% for me. Ron Paul is in the 50’s (probably due to Iraq) while the rest of the Repubs are around 40%.

  20. 20
    Billy K says:

    Richardson, Gravel & clinton? But wait – you’re a Republican. I’m a Democrat and somehow I think I match up with Paul best.

    WTF is going on?

  21. 21

    I answered the questions the exact oposite of how I would really respond.

    I got Mitt Romney, John McCain, and some other guy I don’t remember.

  22. 22
    John Cole says:

    Guess I am the real pinko commie:

    1.) Kucinich
    2.) Gravel
    2.) Dodd

    I didn’t like the choices on many of the questions, though, as for most of them there should have been combinations of answers. Like the Iraq question- we should stop funding the war in Iraq, but we should still fund operations of the troops, but we should GTFO because we are accomplishing nothing. Having to choose one of the answers is BS.

    Also, the health care questions were framed weirdly. From a utilitarian and savings standpoint, the best way to get more people covered is nationalized single-payer. Is that what is best or what I want to happen? Not sure. is that the only thing that can be done. No. but if your goal is simply blanket insurance, it is the best way to go. It tells us nothing about what my preferences are, though, and it is misleading to determine my candidate through that question.

  23. 23
    Billy K says:

    #1 Kucinich
    #2 Paul
    #3 Gravel

    I guess I really am a Liberaltarian*. I always cringe at that word.

    (*Not that ABC and their toy political site knows shit)

  24. 24
    PK says:

    #1 Kucinich
    #2 Gravel
    #3 Ron Paul
    I had no idea I was a libetarian. I had no idea what Gravel looked like!

  25. 25
    bernarda says:

    1 – Kucinich

    2 – Gravel

    3 – Paul

    But I only differed on one thing with Kucinich. The other two were far behind. It was 7 out of 10 disagreements with Paul.

    The last question was stupid and irrelevant.

  26. 26
    Jen says:

    There’s a decided tilt to Kucinich here. I think that means he’s going to win.

  27. 27
    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    #3 — Chris Dodd
    #2 — Hitlery
    #1 — Kucinich?!

    I call shenanigans. It’s a dead heat — 4/10 for all of them.

    War — 3/3 Dodd, 2/3 Hitlery, 0/3 Kucinich
    Immigration — 0/2 for all
    Health Care — 0/2 for Dodd and Clinton, 2/2 for Kucinich
    Hot Topics — 1/4 for Dodd, 2/4 for Clinton and Kucinich

    Yeah, I’d say that poll sucks just a tiny bit.

  28. 28
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    I think this thing is busted…it says my ideal candidate is Tina Fey. (Because if the president is going to be funny, don’t you think it should be on purpose?)

  29. 29
    Flappy McScrotum says:


    But I didn’t like some of the answers and thought there should of been more options. All well.

  30. 30
    Flappy McScrotum says:

    Oh yea, I hated that question at the about the level of experience. It was too simplistic.

  31. 31
    mitch says:

    #1 Joe Biden
    #2 Bill Richardson
    #3 Chris Dodd

    Hmm, that seems somewhat reasonable. I’ve always liked Joe Biden, too bad he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. Bill Richardson seems like a smart guy with a shitload of experience, too bad he can’t campaign very well. I don’t know much about Chris Dodd, although I hear the odd good proposal coming from him.

    I didn’t like the way some of the questions were worded. In terms of experience, the option I chose was “Governor or Mayor”. But why the hell is mayor included with governor? I cringed at picking that, knowing that would bump up my match to Giuliani. I would have chosen “most of the above” if possible, but since I had to choose one, i figure governor. Too bad there wasn’t an “anything but mayor” option.

  32. 32
    cleek says:

    who’s the “run a business” candidate ?

  33. 33
    Jake says:

    1. Kucinich, 2. Dodd, 3. Gravel.

    Now I wonder how some of the fRighties would match up.

  34. 34
    Nick says:

    Yikes, I basically mirrored John’s choices:

    3.) Kucinich
    2.) Gravel
    1.) Dodd

  35. 35
    Cain says:

    1. Kucinich 2. Gravel 3. Dodd

    I actually like Kucinich so I’m okay with my results. I’m moderate with some conservative tendencies but apparently I’m really a dyed in the wool liberal like John!


  36. 36
    J. Lynne says:

    I’m very disturbed that Ron Paul came up as my #3. Sometimes I think he makes sense and then I think he’s really scary.

    2.) Gravel (Never even heard of him.)
    1.) Kucinich (Not surprised.)

  37. 37
    Shinobi says:

    i got all odd… Romney Huckabee and someone else I don’t remember. WTF? The thing is I know I disagree with all of them on OTHER issues that actually matter to me more than immigration in particular.

    In other words, this quiz sucks.

  38. 38
    Dennis - SGMM says:


    I could vote for Kucinich (Fat chance!) or Obama, but not for Clinton, never for Clinton.

  39. 39
    KCinDC says:

    I got Kucinich, Obama, Gravel. The questions and answers were horrible. Are we sure they weren’t designed by a Kucinich supporter (or a Republican who wanted most Democrats to come out as Kucinich supporters)?

    Cleek, I think Romney would be the “run a business” candidate, since Bush won’t be running again to supply a “run a business into the ground” option.

  40. 40
    smiley says:

    1) Obama 2) Clinton 3) Richardson. I didn’t even know that I am a MSM journalist.

  41. 41
    demkat620 says:

    3) Edwards, 2)Kucinich and 1) Gravel

    I got the trifecta as well. My first thought was I have really moved to the left.

  42. 42
    Tzal says:

    1. Mike Huckabee

    2. Dennis Kucinich
    3. Brownback

    What the?

  43. 43
    croatoan says:

    I would have liked the gay marriage question to start off with “The Fourteenth Amendment says, ‘no state shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.'”

  44. 44
    curtadams says:

    1 Kucinich
    2 Gravel
    3 Dodd

    Which does match my stand on the issues, although not my voting preference. The ranking would be much more accurate if there were questions about candidate kookiness.

    There’s a better version at
    which shows which questions contribute to the ranking. Although my #3 was different there (Richardson rather than Dodd). I might have answered some of the questions differently (some decisions were very close) or just hit a wrong button.

  45. 45
    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    So for giggles, I ran it several more times, this time picking positions I disagreed with the most. 2 out of 3 times I get the Mittster. The other time I get Fred Thompson.

    Disappointing. I got Rudy as a #3 once, but that’s all. Further proof that this poll sucks.

  46. 46
    D-Chance. says:

    cleek Says:

    who’s the “run a business” candidate ?


    Stupid quiz:
    1) The misshapen elf (Kucinich)
    2) The nut (Gravel)
    3) The Hitler-wannabe (Giuliani).


    BTW, anyone here listen to the Dem debate on NPR? By far, the best debate so far. No TV cameras, no studio audience. Three moderators, three subjects: Iran/China/immigration. Open, coversational discussion without the theatrics. Wish ALL the debates would use this format.

    Replay tonight (9-11 pm Pacific, figure your own damn time zones).

    Obama, Dodd, Biden all came out well, I thought.
    Clinton seemed a bit too wonkish, and shut out for long stretches.
    Edwards hit the populist theme hard. Eeeevil corporations. Bleh.
    Kucinich, eh.
    Gravel is a moron. Period.
    Richardson a no-show.

  47. 47
    Michael D. says:

    Tell me again why you’re a republican?

    LOL! I should never have mentioned to anyone here that I was a republican. It has totally skewed the comments, and no doubt caused more than a few of you to have connipions. :-)

  48. 48
    Pb says:

    Grumpy Code Monkey,

    Yeah, I tried it backwards too, and got Romney, Thompson, and Giuliani; otherwise, my top two always seem to be Kucinich and Gravel, go figure.

  49. 49
    ChristieS says:



    I agree with the preponderance of opinion: These questions stunk.

  50. 50
    jon says:

    Kucinich, Gravel, Dodd.

    I don’t get it, but I see I’m not alone in that. (For both results and reaction.)

  51. 51
    jcricket says:

    It has totally skewed the comments, and no doubt caused more than a few of you to have connipions.

    connipions? Are those some sort of genetically modified onions?

    Oh, conniptions, got it.

    Well, what’s your spirited defense of being a Republican, in this day and age? It’s not like they haven’t given you a long time to think over who you’re associating yourself with.

  52. 52
    Rusty Shackleford says:

    John Cole Says:

    Guess I am the real pinko commie:

    1.) Kucinich
    2.) Gravel
    2.) Dodd

    December 4th, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I had the same results in the same order. But I support Obama, along with Biden and Dodd.

  53. 53
    John S. says:

    Blimey! I came up with:

    1. Kucinich
    2. Richardson
    3. Obama

    I guess that is almost right, except I would substitute Dodd for Richardson. Then in terms of pragmatism and electibility I would flip it.

    Ultimately, I like Dodd the best, but I don’t think he’s going anywhere. So I guess I have to bank on Obama.

  54. 54
    PaulW says:

    I ended up with Dodd.

    My problem with that survey was that I was stuck with just one choice per question. The problem was that on some of the questions I wanted to pursue a multitude of options rather than just one, so it limited me in ways I didn’t like (for example I believe in the carbon tax as well as investing in alternative renewable energy sources, but I could only choose one. Phooey).

  55. 55
    Badtux says:

    3. Ron Paul. Hmm, that’s surprising — but I only agreed with him on one thing other than the Iraq war and what we should do there.

    2. Dennis Kucinich. Given that I just sent him a big campaign contribution, that’s not surprising either. The Iraq War and Health Care were the two big issues I agreed with him on, although undoubtedly for different reasons than Dennis would like (in my case, not because of any misguided idealism but, rather, due to practical considerations of national security and economics).

    1. Mike Gravel. WTF?! The cranky ole’ grandpa from Alaska? Difference between him and Kucinich was one question, Gravel’s support for the “carbon tax”, which I also support. Hmm. If he wasn’t so dad-gummed old

  56. 56
    maxbaer (not the original) says:

    Kucinich,Gravel and Biden

    There’s more support for Gravel here than he’ll ever see anywhere else. Let’s elect him honorary president of Balloon Juice.

  57. 57
    Conservatively Liberal says:

    1: Kucinich
    2: Gravel
    3: Paul

    I guess this certifies that I am a nutjob. I like Dodd and Biden, Paul is a bit too extreme for me, and out of the eleven matching categories, Paul and I agree on only four of them. In otherwords, there is no candidate that I can support that I can begin to see eye to eye with (that stands a chance of winning). I give up, call me after the election. ;)

  58. 58
    Shade Tail says:

    #1: Dennis Kucinich

    Good, as he’s the one I support.

    #2: Mike Gravel

    He’s a loon and I don’t want him in office, but he says some good things.

    #3: Ron Paul

    Probably because of the war questions. I disagree with him on everything else.

    Miscelanea: That last question was rediculous. “Which kind of experience do you think matters most for presidential candidates?” None of them were the least bit important to me, but there was no “none of the above” option, of course. After about 30 seconds of vexxed consideration, I selected “House of Representatives” simply because I knew it would be a point for Kucinich. It was also a point for Paul, of course.

  59. 59

    More proof that I am a fringe lunatic (and proud of it):

    #1 Gravel

    #2 Kucinich

    #3 Paul

    Time from some brown acid and tequila. Right after I kill dinner with me 2nd Amendment approved firearm. But I promise to eat it with organic, locally grown produce.

    Damn! Where are the keys to my fully electric Hummer?

  60. 60
    IanY77 says:

    Kucinich, Huckabee, Dodd.

    Wow. Just….wow

    /most liberal with the most socially conservative.
    //I really am schizoid

  61. 61
    jcricket says:

    What’s funny is that I think of Edwards as the person closest to me policy-wise (income inequality is a big issue for me). Maybe Dodd as a second.

  62. 62
    bryanD says:

    My results:


    I’m 100% for Paul, BUT:

    Is Romney slick and sticky or what? I pressed the anti-war button and the “military experience” button, yet…THERE HE IS!!!

  63. 63
    borehole says:

    Like 4tehlulz said, that last question about experience throws the whole thing off. If there was a box for “I don’t give a shit,” no way I’d end up with Kucinich as #1 and Dodd in friggin’ third.

    Felt good to publically admit I’m for the flat tax, though. That’s been eating at me like a cancer.

  64. 64
    craigie says:

    3) Paul
    2) Gravel
    1) Kucinich

    WTF? Maybe a Kucinich/Paul ticket really is a uniting ticket!

  65. 65
    Bruce Moomaw says:

    Cripes. With me it was Edwards, Kucinich and Gravel, despite the fact that I personally regard the latter two as first-class nut cases. Either ABC’s poll is screwy or I am.

  66. 66
    Win Harrison says:

    3) Obama – nope forget it.
    2) Richardson – forget it, he’s a ringer for Hillary. Just listen to him in debates.
    1) Kucinich – fair enough.

    But the only reason I got him instead of Edwards was that the last stupid question asked whether I want a Senator, congressman, governor or eh Mayor. That last question spoils the broth me thinks.

  67. 67
    Lupin says:

    1. Kucinich
    2. Gravel
    3. Paul

    And I used to subscribe to THE ECONOMIST.

    We’re so fucked.

  68. 68
    b-psycho says:

    I took that votematch thing out of sheer boredom a lil while ago, even though I know I’m not voting. At least I got an amusing picture out of it.

  69. 69
    DeepKarma says:

    3. Dodd
    2. Gravel
    1. Kucinich

    OMG…I think I need to try this again. I don’t remember any questions about being pro-long legged redheads with tongue piercings.

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