December 18, 2003

Candidate selector

SelectSmart builds surveys for making decisions. They have one up for selecting a presidential candidate for 2004. They seem to base the questions on the constellation of answers available among the various options. They give you a ranking of the available choices based on how closely their stated opinions coincide with your answers to the questions.

Here's mine:

1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Green Party Candidate (92%)
3. Socialist Candidate (83%)
4. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (81%)
5. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (80%)
6. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (75%)
7. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (70%)
8. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol, IL - Democrat (67%)
9. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (65%)
10. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (60%)
11. Gephardt, Rep. Dick, MO - Democrat (57%)
12. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (50%)
13. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (47%)
14. Libertarian Candidate (37%)
15. Hagelin, Dr. John - Natural Law (11%)
16. Bush, President George W. - Republican (6%)
17. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (5%)


They don't have any questions about Transportation or Energy policy and the only Environmental policy question is whether you agree with the League of Conservation Voters.

It's interesting to see how their rankings change as you adjust your answers. By trying really hard I was able to get Bush up to 84%. I'd be interested in seeing what kind of ranking an actual conservative would get.

It's tempting to use the correlations of the candidates to my answers to make assumptions about their correlations to each other, but that wouldn't make sense.

Posted by jeffy at December 18, 2003 04:46 PM
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