A Quick Quiz to Match You With a Democratic Candidate

Punch in your answers and find out which of these presidential candidates you agree with most.

Comments: 196

  1. I would have liked a choice of MAYBE, especially on the question of age.

  2. @michaelene loughlin I tend to agree - but the choice of a compatible and competent Vice President renders age-concern irrelevant.

  3. @Mustafa Curtess I agree. These questions seem too black and white. A 5 point scale would have been much more helpful and informative. For instance, while I would love to see the glass ceiling of the presidency broken, it is not critical to my vote. Also, while I am for universal healthcare, I am not sure that it should be government provided, but rather provide good options for all. However for me, the key is truly electability: I will vote for any democrat as long as s/he is not Putin. Oops, I meant Trump.

  4. What I learned about myself from taking the quiz was that I am not really deadset about the details of policy proposals, but more about the overall goal. For example, I want affordable health coverage for all Americans, but whether that is expanded Obamacare or Medicare for All, I don't really care. Mainly I want to have a president who is competent, effective and principled in seeing that things get carried out. Democrats spend too much time debating the fine details and not enough on overall goals and strategy to beat Trump.

  5. @Madeline Conant Well said.

  6. @Madeline Conant That why Bloomberg is the right choice IMO. He is focused on beating Trump not debating finer policy points with other Dems. He cares about the big issues of guns and climate change. He has my vote. Here’s his new ad that will air during super bowl. He’s definitely putting his money where his mouth is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yp0yN8UxVg

  7. @Madeline Conant regarding health care; I am very concerned about any private system that allows large personal fortunes to be made on the backs of suffering citizens. Particularly one that leaves patients bankrupt before dumping them into a not quite adequate medicaid .

  8. I would appreciate not only an option of 'Maybe' but 'Do not care'. I don't want to pick a candidate based on the novelty (or not) of their age, race, or religion. I expect the NYT to do a better job of asking actual insightful questions that relate to candidate positions, not superficial characteristics.

  9. Clever but useless without prioritization and then there is the question of competence

  10. Would rather have been able to rank importance of the issue. This was not nuanced.

  11. Interesting questions, however I fell into the maybe category on at least half of them. Voting yes on universal healthcare is my dream for example. I believe the truth lies in compromise as does the cooperation question. I would wish for cooperation across the aisles but with the current Republican leader of the Senate in power, this is not going to happen. The reality is my desire to see the defeat of the current President, is what drives my choices in the ballot box

  12. Why aren’t you including Deval Patrick in this, NYTimes?!

  13. While I like these “quizzes”, the questions are too simple. for example, the billion dollar fortunes question. I could care less how much money someone has, I care that they pay their fair share of taxes for the common good. A wealth tax is a start but plain old income taxes are better. Also, raise the cap on social security and we’re good, a simple, easy fix that no one has the guts to suggest. Same with tuition free public colleges. The question isn’t tuition free or not, the question is how do we make public education accessible to all. We need a system of need based grants that are tied to merit and finances that everyone is eligible for, yes, even the billionaire’s kid (as long as the billionaire has paid their taxes). That would diminish the resentment factor that runs through every social program - if everyone is eligible for something, everyone benefits.

  14. @North Dakota What a good common sense letter. Of course we'd have to cut back on some Pentagon spending ....maybe a few less battleships and jets that still don't work right, and concentrate on maintaining what we already have. What did "Ike" warn us about the military complex? I think he was on to something.

  15. The question are too binary. There can be preferences vs. absolute wants.

  16. Interesting but ultimately not helpful. Most of these choices/decisions are not binary. Guess I'll keep looking.

  17. Don't feel like this quiz nailed it for me. I like many of Sanders and Warrens ideas but I am more in favor of an evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) path to get there. While the quiz had both of these candidates at the top, my actual preference would be for more moderate candidates.

  18. Terrific graphics. Interestingly, it proved to me that while I believe my heart is with Sanders, and my head is with Warren, if pushed on certain specifics, my head is with Sanders as well. Still plan to help Warren get on the ballot here, but this helped confirm that my heart isn't 100% in it. But it also confirms something I always knew: that I would be happy with either.

  19. Pundits keep talking about the so-called divide between moderates and progressives, but my top 4 results included 2 of each. The division between moderate and progressive Democrats is far smaller than the division between Trump voters and the rest of America, and that's what will matter in November.

  20. Taking this quiz was interesting considering I haven’t decided on a candidate as of yet, I liked getting to know which ones values were more related to my own. Some of the questions I was impartial to, so it was a bit difficult to decide either or, but the details outlined are the ones being argued so I understand the response options.

  21. Enlightening!

  22. poorly worded and incomplete questionnaire...how important type of questions might be more accurate

  23. @rich I agree as well. I had to re-read and try to figure out just what was wanted/intended. No the most inclusive questions.

  24. Nothing about climate change? Seriously?

  25. @Emile That was my reaction too. But I am guessing climate change was omitted because it's an issue on which the Democratic candidates mostly agree, so it wouldn't help rank them as your preference. You'd have to go deeper into the policy weeds than this quiz does to find points that would differentiate them.

  26. @C Wolfe Democratic candidates mostly agree that climate change is happening. But Greenpeace gave Bernie Sanders' plan an A plus and Amy Klobuchar's plan a C plus. There is a vast difference between the candidates' visions.

  27. @Emile if the NYT cared about climate change, it would be on the front page above the “in other news” section more than 4 times a year

  28. Where's Tulsi?

  29. In Oklahomi?

  30. @Kristin Russia

  31. @Kristin She's off surfing or doing push-ups somewhere.

  32. Try again with a new quiz, utilizing some of the good suggestions in these responses. Nuance, or at least some priorities are needed to make a quiz choice; and these choices will likely not be choices at the ballot box.

  33. Those weren't leading questions, were they?

  34. One answer that should be included would be, "I don't care."

  35. It's interesting in that after several variations of answers, Joe Biden kept popping up, although he is my third choice

  36. @Last He popped up as my first choice but Amy is my first and where was she?

  37. The senate has just declared the current office holder king, so there is really no point in asking us what we think, thanks to the rural areas of the red states

  38. I would like you to add a question regarding climate change. Of the critical issues facing us, a large number of readers will put that at the top of their agendas.

  39. Why no question on the environment?

  40. There are nuances between candidates that cannot be represented by 10 questions. Bernie and Warren are not the same. Biden and Buttigieg are not the same. Also I would be happy with a mailbox if it could beat Trump.

  41. @Gregg My guess is that any high school graduate who is not currently in prison could do a better job as POTUS than Trump.

  42. @Michael There are plenty of high school dropouts, and people currently in prison, who would do a better job than Trump.

  43. No questions about the environment. Its my top concern.

  44. @Nancy Nichols Scardo Interesting observation. I did not think of that but was surely missing from the quiz.

  45. @Nancy Nichols Scardo yes! or immigration, abortion, racism..sigh

  46. @Nancy Nichols Scardo "Is global climate change a critical issue to address?" YES NO All of the Democratic candidates broadly agree on this; they would all answer "Yes". There are differences in specific policies to pursue, but it is hard to come up with a single question useful to differentiate the candidates in a quiz like this one.

  47. And yet, Bernie Sanders is actually my last choice.

  48. Thieve questions are too often black and white. Dems are pretty United in their opposition to Trump, and Republicans in their dislike (or worse) of Pelosi, but they reached agreement on the USMCA anyway. I don’t necessarily agree with the Dems’ strategy on this, but I can see the rationale for it. I think Obama overestimated his ability to sway Republicans by working with them and being reasonable, but if there’s a GOP Senate and a Dem wins, they’ll have to make it a priority to work with the GOP.

  49. "Are billionaire fortunes OK?" -- Sure, in a system where taxes are paid honestly, financial and environmental regulations are enforced, and campaign finance laws don't allow mega donors to sway elections (or allow 2 billionaires to self fund their vanity campaigns). But in today's world? It's obscene.

  50. This quiz illustrates how false the choices highlighted by the media are. These are not yes/no answers, and yet the entire campaign has been presented as though they are. From the first debate when the moderator, driven by the desire to make a splash, asked candidates for a show of hands on abolishing private health insurance, the entire campaign got off to the wrong start. The candidates themselves should have said no, I am not answering that question, don't be absurd. Legislating is a process, not a big bang. I want candidates who acknowledge that. I stopped this quiz at the private health insurance question because there is no reasonable answer offered - which is Medicare, in its present form, as it provides both of these options.

  51. @HumplePi Thank you, this “quiz” infuriated me. What happened to the New York Times?

  52. @HumplePi The public dialogue has turned into an "either-or." Simplistic and unworkable in the real world.

  53. @Ric What happened is that The Washington Post had a similar (although in my opinion a much better) quiz, that was pretty popular; so The Times had to try to compete.

  54. I think it would be terrific if our candidate made history in gender and Ethnicity but I would still vote for a Caucasian male. I also agree with the previous comment that affordable health care for all is the important issue; not the structure of the program.

  55. I thought this would be easy but couldn't get past the first question. I believe that Republicans will continue their obstructionism and largely refuse to cooperate with any Democratic president, and that bending to compromise with them on most issues (climate change, immigration reform, banking reform, etc) will get nowhere. But does it make sense to say that you want a president who have no interest in working with Republicans? That's (to quote Miranda) blacker than the kettle calling the pot. Maybe I want a candidate that will work with Republicans but will be realistic about how much can be accomplished now that meaningful legislation is (for the time being) dead. or maybe Democrats need to win big in the Senate.

  56. @James I had exactly the same reaction. "logic won't help compromise with an opinion not logic-based in the first place" is finally the conclusion I reached to get an answer.

  57. @James I had the same reaction. I have no use for Republicans at the moment, but any Democratic president must try to work with them to effect major change … even if Mitch is still in the Senate.

  58. I found several questions difficult to answer because the interpretation was unclear. The questions about choosing a historically significant candidate based on their identity would have made more sense to me if it had asked if this was a priority. I’m not at all against choosing such a candidate, but it is not a main priority for me. The question about health insurance felt too specific. Supporting universal access to health care is a priority for me. Which specific approach to push for seems less clear at present. The question of whether Trump is an anomaly was the most problematic in its wording. This could be interpreted either historically or in terms of the future, e.g.. In terms of the history of our democracy, in the abstract sense, Trump’s presidency feels like an anomaly. But, in terms of present social and cultural conditions among the population and in terms of the current Republican party’s emphasis on winning and power at any cost, it seems predictable and dangerously possible to repeat. The free college question was also too specific. I think it is time for some post high school education to become publicly funded, but like the healthcare question, much more policy work is needed to determine the most feasible and sustainable approach.

  59. @Dot Brauer I see no good reason to have the public pay the tuition of billionaires' children. Welfare for the rich is unfair to the poor.

  60. @Michael Realistically, the children of billionaires are almost certain to go to expensive private colleges and universities where the "free tuition at public colleges and universities" proviso simply is inapplicable. The University of Texas, where I taught for 40 years, had very, very low tuition when I started, because the State understood at the time the importance of education. But later legislatures, in their wisdom, greatly cut back on their support of public colleges and universities. This has not been good for the state.

  61. @Michael It's better not to make everyone go through means-testing. It's an administrative cost that can be saved and, even more, it's very time-costly for the millions of students and parents who would have to fill out the forms and assemble the personal financial data the forms require. The billionaires would pay enough extra taxes that their children's free ride, in the event they go to public colleges, would be comparatively insignificant, both to the billionaires and to the system.

  62. Binary answers are difficult yet they force me personally to make a decision. I was surprised by the answer, but not displeased. It said my answers most aligned with Tom Steyer. On the other hand, I could have gone the other way on some of the answers and on another day I may have, but binary answers don't have room for shading. But, ok, I'll buy Steyer. I don't think Buttigieg, Warren, Sanders, or Yang could be elected President, although I like they way they think and we need people with their talents to keep working in government, they aren't leaders to me. I still think the Dem ticket is going to be Biden/Klobuchar.

  63. What struck me most about these questions is that with one exception they were things that I care very little about. I care most about election reform followed by climate change and the environment. Our elections belong in the 18th century. They are controlled by rich white men. We need to remove money from the election process, not just not take donations from large donors. We need to change the electoral college. When I was in elementary school and learned about the electoral process, all of my class found the electoral college to be at odds with the idea of democracy. Two of the last three Presidents were elected by a minority of the electorate. Our elections do not give us representatives who represent us.

  64. @Drusilla Winters Our Constitution was designed by rich white men and when slavery was legal and women could not vote. The electoral college benefits former slave states and sparsely populated rural farm states. A Montana or Wyoming vote has more than four times more impact than a California vote. Part of the price for being an old democracy republic. Blame 1789.

  65. They've devised a questionnaire to help separate between the candidates. I share many of the concerns from other comments made. Health care, sure, I want it universal but I think starting with a public option is the next step, another could be starting to qualify new borns for Medicare immediately along with gradually reducing the age one qualifies to begin it....No questions about priority of addressing global warming aggressively enough to have a hope of heating off global disaster, ie cutting carbon emissions by at least half by no later than 2030 which will require a WWII scale and schedule to transform our economy away from fossil fuels...

  66. Many of the questions were too either/or, which made it difficult for me to be satisified with my answers. For instance, I would like a candidate to work with Republicans, but given their behavior lately I can't say that would be a "priority" for me. Also, I would welcome a candidate with a background that could be considered "historic," but that wouldn't be my only criteria by any means. I'm actually leaning toward Klobuchar or Buttigieg, but I am nowhere near a total commitment to anyone, and on my two takings of the test I was matched with Steyer in one case and with Sanders & Warren in another. The test makes me realize what a mishmash the current state of affairs is in my mind, since really my top priority is to be rid not just of Trump but of his even more despicable enablers, and I'm talking about you guys and gals in the Senate...

  67. To Times: I heard Bernie speak here, and when I took the quiz, the answers you gave for him didn’t match what he said. What are you trying to do?

  68. @RDS Also a huge worry: how to restore and promote our a-partisan, purely laws-driven, judiciary. Rule of Law. Without laws and ethical thought and behavior, we are lost.

  69. @maybemd ... yes we are lost. Read Heather Cox Richardson today. It really may be "too late" absent cataclysmic upheaval (we are not that far... yet).

  70. The questions about billionaire fortunes and age gave me pause, again. While I accept and respect capitalism as a good system, the amoral nature of power is driven by greed & criuelty and it is the bedrock of inequality. So the saying "behind every great fortune is a great crime" is true for me. Age? That's a fluid number at this point in time; life expectancy has risen and if a government can raise the age of retirement to 75, then a woman or man can most certainly hold high office.

  71. The question isn't who's best matched to me. It's who can win the swing states in November.

  72. @Jan So totally true. Beating Trump is the only thing that matters. No Democrat could be as bad as Trump even if he or she tried to be.

  73. The poll (andthe candidates) carefully avoid the issues which influence me most: Restoration of church and state separation and further infringements (effective repeal) of the 2nd Amendment. The Republicans score low on separation and high on 2nd Amendment. The Democrats don't score at all - on either.

  74. I would have liked to see gradations not yes or no. For instance I don't want a gov't run universal health care but neither do I want a totally private one. It's actually a good tool for somebody who can't keep with the news. It worked for me. I was for Biden mainly because right now he is leading in the polls to beat Trump but apparently I also agree with him the most.

  75. Though you can't have a question for every issue, the candidate's positions on gun control and the environment are something I would like to hear about from all. Often skirted, the issue of gun control will hopefully be part of the national dialogue after Mike Bloomberg's Super Bowl commercial airs on Sunday.

  76. @meg completely agree , gun control is an important issue that few have weighed in on

  77. @meg No one knows about gun violence, you’re right, Mr Bloomberg is sure to educate the country during an endless 60 second ad

  78. @meg and @NYT Two (or three) more questions isn’t to much to ask, though. Please add them and post this questionnaire again. It could make a yuge difference in the results. Thanks!

  79. Missing questions:. Environment, foreign affairs, budget and debt.

  80. Bizarrely, my ranked results look exactly like the most recent Iowa polling.

  81. You did not ask the essential question. Do I want a candidate who can defeat Mr. Trump?

  82. Don't think this quiz is a good indicator of who I should vote for. Too many major issues are not addressed. It's terribly incomplete.

  83. @jill Speaking of "incomplete", what about the omission of Tulsi Gabbard?

  84. Respectfully, this quiz is forcing me to put equal weight on each of the ten things, when I really don't care about some. And questions like "can a candidate be over 70?" force me to say "Yes" when what I mean is "over 76"...I think turning 80 in office is too old.

  85. @joe 70 is way too old. Boomers need to get out of the way.

  86. Not one question on the quiz concerns the climate crisis, yet that one area is of prime importance to many of us, overriding every other topic. Unless that topic is included in your quiz, it won't be at all helpful in deciding which candidate to support.

  87. @Sharon Hull - I think it's safe to assume that all of these candidates are concerned about climate change. These questions were directed at their differences. But I agree with your point, that the climate crisis is at or near the top of most of our lists. It would be a good question to put to each candidate again. I remember it coming up more than once at the debates, and they all agreed it was very important.

  88. Fun, but the questions didn't take into account any nuances (e.g., health care, age, gender/sexual orientation, etc., priority). Not everything is so black & white.

  89. @Jackie Shipley I completely agree. My match wasn't accurate to how evaluate a candidates ability to get us closer to my goals.

  90. Bizarrely, my ranked results look exactly like the last Iowa polling I saw. Not sure what to make of that.

  91. I agree that the questions allow no room for shades of grey. A sliding scale or even a maybe would have helped me. There were at least 2 questions that forced me to make a choice between 2 things I was on the fence about However, the choices came out in agreement with my thinking.

  92. Data mining? E Tu NY-Times ?

  93. @Ron Ulan, I saw this quiz and immediately wondered what the NYT would do with the results. As a data scientist, this quiz could yield interesting insight into stated priorities (results from the quiz) versus patterns of behavior (the content viewed by the same device/account). Ethically, it doesn't really pass the smell test for me, as I don't see anything in the quiz description that speaks to how/where/when/why the data they collect will be used. Folks should be wary of providing additional info beyond that which their content consumption provides.

  94. "Are you concerned about automation further disrupting the labor market and putting even more wealth and power into the hands of the very few?" Guess not, NYT.

  95. What a silly waste of time. Perhaps if the questions were worded more clearly and not so obvious it could be somewhat enlightening. Jeez even Buzzfeed quizzes do a better job at surprising me!

  96. You would need to be very self-unaware and ignorant to need this.

  97. Most of these questions are either irrelevant or disqualifyingly oversimplifying. It was all I could do to not abort by the second question, just to see what the answer would be. Try again. But this time think, NYT, as Yang might suggest, harder.

  98. It’s hard to believe that with global ecosystems crashing around us, Blackrock (!) pulling its investments out of fossil fuels, and just 8 years left to take the emergency measures that might be able to hold warming to 1.5° C, there is no question on the candidate’s platform re the climate crisis. What planet are you living on? Planet B? And you forced me to give a false answer on the “ground-breaking identity” question. My true answer is “This isn’t how I’m choosing my candidate.”

  99. @Portia The ground breaking question is a moot point anyway. The top six Democratic candidates include two women, two Jewish men and an openly gay man. Throw in the Asian guy and the only top candidates who don’t fit the groundbreaking category are Biden and Steyers. Oh wait, if elected Biden would be the oldest person to serve as president. Unless Tom Steyers suddenly catches fire any of these candidates would be a first.

  100. Were those hanging chads?

  101. Terrible quiz I'm disappointed in the Times Where are the governing policy issues

  102. The Democrats are using a scalpel, like your quiz, when Trump is using a hammer. That's why they will lose.

  103. @Peter B “They” who will lose?

  104. @S. The Democrats, Trumps sledge hammer will decimate the scalpel wielders. The Democratic candidates do not have a plan to win, unfortunately.

  105. What about climate change and the environment?!

  106. @Meredith Green Those wouldn't distinguish well between the Democratic candidates. All your answers there would tell you is whether or not you like Trump.

  107. @Meredith Green you can go to ballotpedia.org to look up issues regarding each candidate. You can also look under the About Us section of ballotpedia to determine who the sources are and determine if you are making an informed decision.

  108. Interesting that barely half the questions were policy driven and more identity driven...... hmm.

  109. How about, “Do you want a candidate whose policies are not incrementalist?” That will distinguish Bernie from Warren.

  110. @Sam Bortnick Or, “Do you prefer universal programs or those that are targeted?”

  111. Once again you've left out the candidate I have chosen - Tulsi Gabbard. Integrity and independent thinking are high on my list of what I'm looking for in a candidate. She shows such courage in the face of all the smears directed at her. I've been voting for more than fifty years - she's one of the best candidates I've seen in all that time.

  112. Adding to the too-specific framing of the questions: - I oppose a wealth tax because it is too difficult to implement, but I agree with a 70% tax bracket and higher estate and corporate taxes. - Big money is not a poison pill to me in this election because those are the rules, but I want a candidate who reforms election financing. - I support the freedom dividend more than free tuition. - Access to a Medicare like plan is important, but that isn’t the only solution I will support. My candidate ended up being Bloomberg (lol), when I align more with Sanders or Warren.

  113. @Jeff I agree with all your points, but I ended up with Klobuchar and Yang. Shows that the poll is too black/white in its choices. PS: I would never vote for Sanders or Warren.

  114. Okay, I get it. The format of the questions forces a choice which leads to an alignment with the list of candidates. Pretty simple. Two MAJOR with this. 1) There were several questions for which the answer mattered little to me - I could've gone either way. And since the answers have equal weight, my eventual ranking proved irrelevant. 2) There are so many other issues that are more important for my decision and yet are not included. All I got out of this exercise was to justify the likely cause of the results rather than to reconsider my choices.

  115. These are odd and very broad questions that don't address a number of issues or nuance and don't necessarily ask about very important ideas. The WaPo poll, which had more questions on more specific issues, offered a much better assessment.

  116. I think the questions could have been more nuanced, and there could have been more choices in the responses. For instance I would prefer that the candidate were younger than 70, but since my preferred candidate Sanders is in his 70s as is my second choice candidate Warren, it was hard to really respond accurately. Other questions were similar leaving to wonder what exactly the point of the quiz really was. Certainly the Times could do better.

  117. @Miriam I think you're missing the point. You aren't answering the questions to match with your preconceived choice, but, rather, you're answering the questions to see how your stated preferences actually line up with the candidates. It's worthwhile as people often support candidates that don't at all line up with their beliefs. I also don't want someone over 70, but still got Biden as my choice since the other factors were mostly in his favor.

  118. @Miriam I thought the exact same thing. With politics its all about the nuances and this quiz didn't allow for any.

  119. @Miriam - You'll have to decide what trade-offs you're willing to make. No candidate will be 100% for most voters. I think Democrats looking for perfection is one of the main reasons Clinton didn't get a much larger popular vote. (Not that a popular vote seems to matter anymore.)

  120. One trouble with this quiz is that it says nothing about character, personality, or my estimate of the likelihood of winning in November. And the yes or no format is too limited. For instance, I think a candidate in his/her 70s is undesirable (what if he/she has a heart attack or a stroke in the fall?), but Elizabeth Warren, as a woman and being a few years younger than Biden, Sanders or Bloomberg, does not present quite the same risk.

  121. Many of the commenters seem not to understand completely the object of this exercise. The intention is not to ascertain where one sits on all the ideological and policy issues that are relevant to the 2020 Presidential election nor every issue we face in today’s political sphere. This exercise is designed to align an individual with those views and issues that distinguish one candidate from another. Yes, there may be some additional questions that could perhaps improve the alignment. But I did find it helpful in refining and narrowing my own choices in the upcoming primary. I did not find it changed my views on issues nor expected it to. It also did not address all my concerns or views on issues and I did not expect it to do that either. It did however force me to think about the distinguishing characteristics and views of each candidate and I found that helpful.

  122. What I want as a goal or ideal is not necessarily what I think should be immediately on the agenda. For example, I support universally-available healthcare coverage and doubt that there's a role for private insurance (and answered the NYT question accordingly), at least not without a radical restructuring of the system. But I don't think it makes sense to make that the main healthcare issue at the expense of defending the essential elements of the Affordable Care Act, such as coverage regardless of preconditions, and substantially expanding coverage altogether in a way that is reasonably likely to provide immediate benefits to millions of uncovered and precariously-covered people. Nor do I weight all the questions, and my answers, equally. As a result, I didn't find this exercise very useful, notwithstanding that it aligned me with Senator Warren, the candidate whom I currently support.

  123. I took it three times, changing some answers to see how the results changed. I agree that the healthcare question is too either/or. I am ok with institutionalizing and upgrading the ACA. There should also be an environment question. I was surprised to see the results as Biden and Sanders, switching first and second place, then Steyer. I don’t like bombastic Sanders, never have. Biden is ok, would bring in good people which is key, but seems a bit too doormat-y. Warren is my personal favorite but in this election I am being forced to vote for what OTHER voters want. And if the past is any true guide people, chicken POTUS will flake out, after many postponements, and not debate. So why even bother using debatability as a candidate criteria? There will be no big TV-and-popcorn event of a debate, all of the exchanges will be done a different way.

  124. @Almost Can’t Take It Anymore So just wait for the swimsuit competition

  125. @Almost Can’t Take It Anymore I did the same as you, taking the test multiple times with tweaking middle-of-the-road questions and I came to realize that I actually would vote enthusiastically for any of the choices I was offered. (There's only one name on the list thar doesn't appeal to me and that candidate never came up as a choice for me anyway.) Primaries should never be about voting who "others" want because there are way too many variables between now and the final tally of the November election. If you vote Warren and she wins the nomination, then ride your conviction to the end. If she loses, then you'll only have one regret and it won't be riding on your shoulders. No guts, no glory, right? I know I'm tired of seeing gutless people occupying half of the Senate - a gutless populace is an even more dreadful proposition.

  126. @Almost Can’t Take It Anymore The primary elections are working exactly as they should so far. Nominating a candidate loved by all is rare and more often than not, compromises must be made. Although I'm torn between Warren and Sanders as my favorite pick for the primaries, I will absolutely vote for any democratic presidential candidate in the generals. Too much is at stake to throw my vote away, even if I do live in Utah.

  127. As with the phony "debates" the questions here sound as if they were penned by lobbyists. No question on climate policy or Social Security? The biggest polls demonstrate the growing popularity of a progressive approach to vital issues facing us and support for Sanders -- our next President.

  128. The question that I wrestled with most was whether Trump is an anomaly; there are certainly aspects of his support that go back decades and will be there after he's gone. But his personal behavior is so outside the way that any other public figure acts that I can't imagine anyone else following his game plan (which is part of the issue---I really don't believe he has a Plan). So I ended up picking Yes--- while expecting the culture wars to continue and the Republican Party unable to back to "normal".

  129. Where was Michael Bennet? One can still hope, although I don't agree with him about not wanting to expand the Supreme Court. My choice was Tom Steyer, not that it matters in Florida, where my primary vote won't make any difference. The first and most important goal is who can beat Trump. I think that person is Michael Bennet. Maybe Steyer. Not necessarily Biden. And definitely not Sanders. Probably not Warren, although I like them both. Warren & Sanders really are disingenuous in that they do not discuss the need to expand the Supreme Court, as the second highest priority after beating Trump. Otherwise, there's zero percent chance, even assuming they can get legislation passed, that's it's upheld by the courts. Signed, random Florida lawyer.

  130. I guess that's why the choice of who to vote for is so difficult...I'm a life-long voting Democrat and ALL my results are between only 3 and 6 "agrees" (one 6, and one 3)...so, I guess I'm not that excited about any of them...and, I agree with others that the choices in the quiz are too stark to be meaningful in any way...

  131. Took the quiz, and Mayor Pete was top choice, but Amy was right behind Pete. I like Amy, and the problem is that she just isn't enough flamboyant enough for a lot of Democrats. Of all the candidates, her answers are common sense. It's a shame that even the top Democratic candidate is the exact opposite of Trump. I am not a Bernie fan, and I think many of his supporters simply do not understand some of the things that sound good on paper or in a speech, when closely examined, they fail in reality.

  132. I'm not surprised I got Bernie Sanders. But I still prefer Elizabeth Warren. I will have to wait and see what choices I may have once it is my turn to vote.

  133. @WSH I got Bernie, but prefer Elizabeth too. I really worry about the fracking ban and Pennsylvania.

  134. Where is TULSI GABBARD? (Other than, you know, polling ahead of many of your included candidates in New Hampshire and elsewhere.)

  135. My answers to the questions really did not relate to the candidates NYT recommended in this poll. Probably indicative of most polls....inaccurate. So as I have done in the last election I will vote for the best candidate with my value proposition: Donald J Trump. MAGA Trump 2020

  136. I thought it was going to be a quiz (survey would be better term) on the issues, not on the circus and superficialities around the campaign.

  137. What if some of the Yes/No answers aren't that important? Selecting a candidate isn't conducive to only A or B ... some of the questions in your quiz aren't important to me, such as whether the candidate is "the first" whatever.

  138. Hate the yes or no format. I don’t care about making history. I care about our nation working. Honestly, suggesting these two can’t go together is a bit offensive.

  139. Talk about leading questions. This is one of the most biased polls I have ever answered. My pick is Bloomberg, not Joe Biden. Biden is my second choice.

  140. A Frenchman living in the US, I was appalled that you asked no question about foreign policy. I do know that the US has a strong tendency for isolationism, but I thought the New York Times could have done better...

  141. How about adding some policy issues? Climate change? Hello!

  142. I hope that the NYTimes reports the results from this poll. Because it is a sort of poll and the NYTimes is likely collecting the data. The results are not necessarily representative of the US. A similar questionnaire at Fox News would yield wildly different results. But it would be interesting to see what comes out of this one.

  143. There really needed to be an "I don't care," response. Most of these questions, except for Single Payer health care, I simply do not care about. There's either not that much difference between the candidates, or it's not that important, or it's not that important to me. I am still undecided, but I'm getting closer to picking a candidate. I know more about who I DON'T want than about who I DO. Bloomberg, Steyer, and Sanders are pretty much out. I'm not in love with Buttigieg or Biden either. I never liked Bloomberg. HE lacks DC experience. It shows. Steyer is a wonderful person, but not ready for prime time--*it shows.* Sanders has a toxic fan base and panders to it. Buttigieg cannot draw the black vote and you CAN. NOT. win without it, #SorryNotSorry. Biden is just too old. Yes, I said it. Warren, Klobachar, and Yang are still at the top of my list. Although I'd less like to see Yang as President than to see his Universal Basic Income championed as a serious policy proposal. I think, at this moment, if I had to choose from among candidates who've been in the race thus far, my ticket might be Warren/Booker. That might bring out enough voters to beat Trump. But CAN SHE WIN? Can Warren beat Trump? I'm still not sure. I remain on the fence. --- I will vote, and volunteer, knock doors and type data for whomever gets the nomination. I hope everyone else will too. I am not really concerned who the nominee is. I am concerned with getting them elected. Get out and VOTE!

  144. Not a good quiz. No nuance. I suspect there was no question on climate change because all the candidates agree on it

  145. Really bad questionaire. Trump an anomaly? What does that mean? Because he is a very bad president? Because people don't really want a president like that? Because he actually doesn't represent the people? #2 - billionaires are bad? What if they use their money to support a new health care system? depends on what they do with the money. etc

  146. @jd “billionaires are bad?” Yeah, jd, I have to wonder how many people actually voted YES on that question? Haha!

  147. Very poorly worded questions. In several, neither choice was clear or accurate. Instead of asking about big donors, ask about campaign finance reform. Re: groundbreaking categories for president (gender, religion, etc.), ask if any of those factors would eliminate a candidate from your consideration. Or forget the question. And nothing about global warming? Ridiculous. I would vote for ANY of these people (or a warm pile left behind by my dog) over our current POTUS, but come on, NYT. Do better.

  148. Do I 'want' a candidate to make history for their gender or sexual orientation? No. Do such traits play into my decision as to whom I support? Absolutely no. Ideas and policies are all I care about, this is the 21st century.

  149. As someone who's also been reading the coverage of data tracking, I'm curious how quiz results are stored. It woukd be helpful if the NYTimes inxluded that information up front.

  150. Silly survey. I'm a single issue voter -- climate change. Where was the question about when to get the US to carbon neutrality? I'm voting for Bloomberg, purely on his stance on climate change.

  151. I support Mike Bloomberg. Yet when I took your test and put in every single one of his points, as he has presented them, I was told that I am supporting Mayor Pete. Mike is now number two in Florida which we must win and which others, such as Bernie, who have alienated the Latinos there with his espousal of Socialism, can't win. Mike is now number four nationally and climbing faster than any other candidate. He is the only one who can and will take on Trump. Biden and Bernie are both unable to beat Trump in a national election. Mike's priority is to beat Trump and he has set up a national operation to do this. His super bowl ad will be seen by over 100 million Americans. It is not political. It is on gun control, something he has fought for for much of his life. He is enemy number one of the NRA. The more Americans become familiar with him, which they are and will, the more we all realize that there is no other real choice to beat Trump.

  152. @Simon Sez Huh? Why can’t Biden beat Trump?

  153. I think my results showed me that the Democrats uniting wholeheartedly behind one candidate to defeat Trump is more important than being progressive at this point.Defeat Trump!Then get progressive!it's already there in the House.It will grow if we can get the poison purged from the White House.

  154. Not a single question about climate change, use of fossil fuels, alternative energies, etc. Beyond disappointing.

  155. @Elizabeth Have any off the Democratic candidates spoken a word against being in favor of strong pro-environmental actions? There were no questions about hot-button issues like gun control or immigration either. Again, likely because they all generally agree on how to approach those topics.

  156. The problem with the answers is that they leave no room for ambivalence.

  157. Sorry but you missed the points. still guessing about the best of the worst here. Don't understand how anyone of these candidates are expected to win. what a disappointment.

  158. Multiple choice answers remove more bias, than yes/no questions. That's one of the first principles of data science. Although this is supposed to be quick and easy, I think this quiz may need to be revisited and revamped given its popularity and prominent position on your website. It has the potential to inaccurately influence peoples' choices, but I applaud the effort.

  159. I strongly believe that Biden will be the best candidate to beat Trump. I love Elizabeth but she can not win in general election. I am afraid that Bernie will be spoiler like last time. Amy is very good too. Biden-Kamala or Biden- Amy is my choice.

  160. @ASHRAF CHOWDHURY So you would like a Harris Biden ticket. If that is what we would get in the Whitehouse "God help us"!

  161. @Will Harris Warren for VP. We need a woman VP to win before a woman POTUS. Too many voters do not think a woman is strong enough until proven otherwise. There are still doubters of women, including 30% of women...

  162. As a member of the LGBT community, I don't care about a candidate 'making history' but a President who can give the American people: affordable healthcare, affordable higher education, good public schools, protect the environment, protect and expand our natural areas, reduce defense spending (I was a member of the military), invest in clean energy and other technologies, train people who have lost their jobs and are struggling and so on I want a President who doesn't lie all the time and bully people. I also want a President who doesn't make me ashamed to be an American. My ideal President doesn't believe we should prop up dictators, send in the CIA to destablize a democratically elected government and isn't a warmonger. In short I want a President who competent and has a high degree of integrity and believes in progress for all.

  163. @Sasha Love as another female veteran, i agree! These things are much more important! Besides, the test was more of a "for fun" thing! Surely no-one would vote off of a test/quiz like this!

  164. The question about health care is badly written. One does not replace "care" with "insurance". Our care is just fine, the insurance system is what is need of attention.

  165. Give Elizabeth Warren a Democratic House and Senate and she can fix what Trump and the GOP have broken.

  166. @Bailey T. Dog Give most of these candidates a Democratic House and Senate and they can fix things. It's who can win that matters first.

  167. My top 3 were missing... Climate, Infrastructure and peace!!! Que Pasa?

  168. Re-read the title, friends. A “Quick Quiz,” not a political profile painted with every color of the rainbow. If you think Yes/No answers lack nuance, then I have bad news about your ballot card in November...

  169. What a joke! These questions were ridiculous and the answer choices were not very thorough. The candidate the quiz says I align with is the one I like the least based on real policies, not this fluff that was included.

  170. @Chris Google "quick quiz".

  171. @Chris Absolutely true! Of any of the Democrats running for office Bloomberg would not be my choice. He is buying his way into office (or so he hopes) and he is full of hot air. If I was a Democrat I think my choice would be Yang over any of the other "Yahoo's"!

  172. It gave me Bernie and Warren however Warren can't be trusted to stand up for her principles of convenience as her endorsement in 2016 demonstrated. She's lying when she opens her mouth and yeah, I called her a liar in a national newspaper.

  173. @Dan calling people other than trump liars is kind of off base.

  174. @Dan Sorry, Uggh! Read Warren's policy proposals, listen to her speak...

  175. @zarf11 If it helps, all liars pale when compared to Trump but it doesn't change Warren's factual choices that contradicted her stated principles in 2016 and her fuzzy accusations about Bernie now. Not to mention the slow walk backs on her earlier platform.

  176. What about Wonder Woman (Tulsi Gabbard)? I’d vote for her in a heartbeat! Too many old folks in the running. They will die within 3 years bc the job is stressful.

  177. @Rudy Trump proves that’s incorrect.

  178. This is a very poor quiz. It's questions are more aspirational than the complicated ways a considered voter is going to be weighing the merits of each candidate. The yes or no questions force you into responding in the most simplistic ways , why not use a 1-10 point system? This is basically useless. The quiz suggested I vote for a candidate that is actually pretty low on my list because how a candidate intends to reach their goals and how much faith I have in them to meet these is also part of what I am looking at.

  179. As I had expected, Warren and Sanders are the candidates I match up with the most. Unsurprisingly, Joe Biden appears to be the most clueless of all of the candidates, with the stand-out of his being that he appears to think Trump's election was an anomaly. It is precisely this ignorance as to the nature of current politics, a misreading of the moment that would make a Biden nomination catastrophic for the Democrats.

  180. I took this quiz twice just to see how strongly I felt about my answers. The results were the same. But my answers are colored by my perceptions about what voters are willing to support and still defeat Trump. Defeating Trump remains the primary goal of the next election from my perspective. Thus, even though I think universal health care is desirable, that's not the way I answered the question because I don't think voters on the whole are ready to go there. So, for the purpose of this quiz and the 2020 elections, I am a flaming moderate and proudly so. Am I more liberal than my answers indicate? Of course. But if voters don't eliminate Trump I may enter into a deep depression from which, at my age, I may never emerge. God (of course I don't believe in one) help us!

  181. The questions in the quiz are a bit too binary, demographic and categorical. Regardless, it is thought-provoking and fun. Take it twice to see how the results change.

  182. I'm leaning toward Michael Bennet and he doesn't show up on this. Otherwise, I think it is fine not to ask about the environment because all the candidates seem to be on the same page on that. Still, you could have had a better mix of questions. I'm focused on who will restore our respect in the world and I didn't see much on international issues, or personality traits or inspiration.

  183. Although I was not deliberately trying to game the game, it turns out that my answers favored the candidate I actually do intend to vote for in the Wisconsin primary, if she makes it that far: Amy Klobuchar. My answers were not cast in concrete, though, as I made some of them based on assuming conditions subsequent. Such as, universal and single payer as an eventual goal, knowing it won’t happen easily or quickly. Or, free college only for those who cannot afford to pay any tuition or associated costs.

  184. The questions don't take into account which of those 10 things is most important. I said NO to 'Billion dollar" fortunes - and still got stuck with Michael Bloomberg :-) (I even said YES to the wealth tax -- Go Figure).

  185. I am supporting Andrew Yang. Although one would never know what he truly stands for given the selective nature of the questions offered in this quiz. I think that there are many important reasons to support one candidate over another. A quick quiz does not offer the kind of in-depth answers one should require for such an important election. I hope no one is using this as a substitute for finding out answers on their own to determine what is important in selecting their candidate to be President of the United States.

  186. Although I answered "No" to the wealth tax question and was not presented with any question pertaining to climate change, I was matched to Mr. Steyer with the rationale being "He has embraced a wealth tax and has called for emergency action to address climate change." Huh?

  187. @Dazed and Confused I think the presidency should be about one person but a bunch of the most brilliant minds, like the founding fathers of the United States (what about mothers???) to make heavy weight decision concerning gun control, climate change and putting an end to homelessness and poverty.

  188. @Dazed and Confused I was surprised to be linked to Tom Steyer as well particularly since I voted no on having a billionaire class. However, he does speak for me on many of the issues. Hopefully, he'll get a place in the administration of one of the candidate's more likely to win. If not, he really doesn't need to be in politics to do the kind of work that matters. That's where his billion dollars have a voice!

  189. @Dazed and Confused Maybe you should listen to Mr. Steyer and read his writings. He is a strong supporter of climate change and wants to create jobs addressing it in the hardest areas in this country where the GOP have ignored the people. He ahs been talking and meeting people for two years and he wants the rich to pay their share. He is a very good candidate as all of them are. They all could fill very important stops in the cabinet. They are all thinkers and can move this country forward. The president is not a king or queen, it is we the people.. Get on the train for progress

  190. I was surprised at the results, but then there has been so little coverage of the candidates’ positions, rather than their poll numbers and verbal foibles, how is one to know what they are saying?

  191. The binary of "yes" and "no" here is quite misleading. I'm not AGAINST the idea of a candidate breaking boundaries but it certainly isn't a question I actively think about.

  192. I stopped at the question on making history because that's not an issue I care about, though I am supporting the women in the race.

  193. Not very nuanced. Over 70 too old? Well 70 and near 80 are very different. Should there be billionaires is a very different question than should a billionaire be President. Etc.

  194. I liked this sorting out quiz with its homage to the old IBM punch cards. Many of my concerns were missing in this list of questions; e.g. Green Economy, Government corruption, Immigration reform, a fair tax reform, return to honoring our allies and treaties, advocating for democracy and human rights, a clearer vision of our foreign policy, and a return to civility in our political discourse. Of the top three choices the machine determined, one was a surprise, one was already my choice, and the other I could support.

  195. @craig80st And the hanging piece was a nice touch.

  196. As I anticipated, Bernie Sanders is the candidate with whose views I am most closely aligned, immediately followed by Elizabeth Warren. What I did NOT anticipate was Biden, whom I utterly detest, coming in third.