Republican presidential candidates rarely agree with Democratic candidates, but the American people are less easily pigeonholed.
Abortion, Dealth Penalty, Gun Control, Health Care and Immigration are five biggest issues of the 2016 presidential campaign
Let's take a look at the trend of polls since 1992 and where do these 16 presidential candidates stand on these issues.
*How to read this infograph On the left hand side are: Scatter plots of general opinions on these issues since 1992 Different topics are marked by different colors According to percentage, colors are marked from dark to light Circled points are critical points, when the trend changed Detailed analysis, please see the bottom **Once Candidate Icons Clicked** Mouse over the quotation point will show the quotation Quotation points falling into colored bands means the quotations imply the associated opinion On the right hand side are: Where candidates stand on these issues All candidates listed were running as of Dec 2015 Highlighted candidates are remaining candidates as of May 2016 Red notes represent Republican, blue nodes represent Democrat Mouse over candidate icons will highlight the person's stand Mouse over opinion node will show which candidates share the same opinion Click on remaining candidate icons will show the person's quotations regarding different issues on the left Click this buttom to reset quotation points
Abortion 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 “When people say that, it’s always the Republicans or their sympathizers who say you can’thave paid leave, you can’t provide health care.They don’t mind having big government to interfere with a woman’s right to choose and to try to take down Planned Parenthood.They’re fine with big government when it comes to that. I’m sick of it! You know, we can do these things.” (Apr 2016) Make abortion rare by supporting adoption and foster care. (Apr 2008) Opposed China forced abortion and Romania forced pregnancy. (Apr 2008) Long-held moderate stance focuses on reducing abortions. (Mar 2008) Pro-choice fervency not based on any personal abortion. (Jul 2007) Keep abortion safe, legal and rare into next century. (Jul 2007) Personally would never abort; but deeply values choice. (Jun 2007) Abortion is a sad, tragic choice to many women. (May 2007) Respect Roe v. Wade, but make adoptions easier too. (Nov 2006) Partial birth exceptions for life-threatening abnormalities. (Apr 2006) Government should have no role in abortion decision. (Oct 2005) We can find common ground on abortion issue. (Sep 2005) Must safeguard constitutional rights, including choice. (Oct 2000) Late term abortion only if life or health are at risk. (Oct 2000) Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. (Jan 1999) The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights(Apr 2016) I support Roe v. Wade because I think it is an important statement about the importance of a women making this most difficult decision with consolations by whom she chooses, her doctor, her faith, her family (Apr 2016) 1993 health plan included RU-486 and widely available abortion. (Jul 2007) Prevention First Act: federal funds for contraception. (Oct 2006) Fought for years to get contraceptive on the market. (Dec 2006) Cairo Document: right to abortion but not as family planning. (Sep 1996) Advocates birth control but OK with faith-based disagreement. (Nov 2003) Lifetime pro-choice record, plus funding for family planning. (Sep 2015) Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Jan 2015) Advocate for family planning and funding for contraceptives. (Sep 2015) Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013) Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions. (Jul 2011) Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009) Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008) Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008) Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007) Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006) Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005) Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother life. (Oct 2003) Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002) Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000) Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999) Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993) Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it. (Feb 2016) Planned Parenthood does great work on women's health. (Feb 2016) Defund Planned Parenthood. (Oct 2015) Planned Parenthood is important, but abortions must stop. (Aug 2015) I have evolved on abortion issue, like Reagan evolved. (Aug 2015) Ban late abortions; exceptions for rape, incest or health. (Jun 2015) Undecided on embryonic stem cell research. (Apr 2011) I am now pro-life; after years of being pro-choice. (Apr 2011) I changed my views to pro-life based on personal stories. (Apr 2011) I am pro-life; fight ObamaCare abortion funding. (Feb 2011) Pro-choice, but ban partial birth abortion. (Jul 2000) Favors abortion rights but respects opposition. (Dec 1999)
Dealth Penalty 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 How many people have to die before we actually act?(Oct 2015) Death penalty appropriate for Oklahoma City bombing(Feb 2016) Death penalty should be reserved for “really heinous crimes (Nov 2015) I would breathe a sigh of relief if either the Supreme Court or the states, themselves, began to eliminate the death penalty. (Mar 2016) If killing is wrong, then it's inconsistent to vest that power in the state. That's the moral argument against the death penalty.(Feb 2016) I think there are certain egregious cases that still deserve the consideration of the death penalty, but I’d like to see those be very limited and rare.(Oct 2015) The state itself, in a democratic, civilized society, should itself not be involved in the murder of other Americans.(Oct 2015) I just don’t want to see government be part of killing.(Feb 2016) The time is now for the United States to end capital punishment (Oct 2015) Death penalty for those who kill police officers(Dec 2015) We already have tremendous regulations. Now, if you look at my opponents, they’re very weak on the Second Amendment. I’m very, very strong. (Oct 2015 Bring Back the Death Penalty (Sep 2015) Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray(Jul 2000)
Gun Control 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 Arming more people is not appropriate response to terrorism. (Dec 2015) Reverse gun manufacturer immunity; let them get sued. (Nov 2015) Don't shield gun manufacturers from lawsuits:I vote that way. (Oct 2015) Sensible restraints on manufacturer liability and online sales. (Oct 2015) Rein in idea that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime. (May 2014) 2000: advocate for national gun registry; 2008: backed off. (May 2014) Balance lawful gun ownership and keeping guns from criminals. (Apr 2008) Give local police access to federal gun tracking info. (Apr 2008) Let states and cities determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008) Against illegal guns, crack down on illegal gun dealers. (Jan 2008) Backed off a national licensing registration plan on guns. (Jan 2008) Get assault weapons and guns off the street. (Jul 2007) Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre. (Apr 2007) Limit access to weapons; look for early warning signs. (Sep 2000) License and register all handgun sales. (Jun 2000) Tough gun control keeps guns out of wrong hands. (Jul 1999) Gun control protects our children. (Jul 1999) Lock up guns; store ammo separately. (Jun 1999) Ban kids from unsupervised access to guns. (Jun 1999) Get weapons off the streets; zero tolerance for weapons. (Sep 1996) Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005) Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004) I have shown courage against NRA on gun issues. (Dec 2015) People have the right to buy guns, with sensible regulations. (Dec 2015) Do more than reverse gun manufacturer immunity. (Nov 2015) I want to shield gun shops from lawsuits, not manufacturers. (Oct 2015) Deal federally with straw-man gun purchasers. (Oct 2015) Common sense, incremental gun control plan. (Oct 2015) Ban semiautomatic guns and gun show loophole. (Aug 2015) Instant background checks: no guns for criminals or unstable. (Jul 2015) Guns in Vermont are for hunting; but in L.A. are for killing. (Jul 2015) Gun legislation must work for both rural and urban Americans. (Jun 2015) I'm pro-hunting, but no one needs an AK-47 to hunt. (Jun 1997) Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013) Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009) Voted YES on prohibiting foreign and UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007) Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005) Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers and sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003) Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999) Mass shootings are due to a huge mental health problem. (Jan 2016) Keep enemies of the state away from guns. (Nov 2015) Gun-free zones are target practice for sickos. (Oct 2015) Gun ownership makes US safer, not more dangerous. (Oct 2015) Mental health more important than gun control. (Oct 2015) Laws are ineffective in preventing gun violence. (Oct 2015) Gun violence is inevitable; regulations won't help. (Oct 2015) Protect the Second Amendment, but address mental health. (Sep 2015) Take guns from good people and bad people have target practice. (Jul 2015) A very strong person on the Second Amendment. (Jun 2015) I am against gun control. (Feb 2011)
Health Care 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 Medicare-for-all is not economically feasible. (Feb 2016) Go from 90% coverage under ObamaCare to 100% coverage. (Feb 2016) The Affordable Care Act has had successes. (Dec 2015) States that didn't extend Medicaid drive up costs still. (Dec 2015) Decrease generic drug costs for developing countries. (Apr 2008) Non-employer system better; but don't turn back ObamaCare. (Mar 2014) Need a health care system that manages chronic diseases. (Jan 2008) Universal health care is a core Democratic principle. (Jan 2008) Electronic medical records save $120 billion in health care. (Jun 2007) Insurers must fund prevention without preexisting conditions. (Mar 2007) Require electronic medical record for all federal healthcare. (Mar 2007) FDA should compare drug effectiveness--not just safety. (Oct 2006) Supply more medical needs of families, & insure all children. (Jun 2006) Healthcare system plagued with underuse, overuse, and abuse. (Oct 2005) Low-tech low-cost water treatment for developing world. (Nov 2003) Millions uninsured is source of America's healthcare crisis. (Nov 2003) Recommended "managed competition"; not single-payer system. (Nov 2003) Fund teaching hospitals federally because market fails. (Sep 2000) Be prepared with defenses against infectious disease. (Oct 1999) Medicare should be strengthened today. (Sep 1999) GOP overwhelmed by her health reform knowledge. (Jun 1995) Smaller steps to progress on health care. (Jan 2000) For $500 more taxes, everyone gets $5,000 more healthcare. (Feb 2016) US is the only major country without universal health care. (Feb 2016) Other countries cover everyone; why can't we? (Feb 2016) Health care for 29 million more uninsured. (Feb 2016) Medicare for All: insure 29M people beyond ObamaCare. (Jan 2016) Single payer: Increased taxes offset by insurance cuts. (Jan 2016) I helped write ObamaCare; extend it to 29M more uninsured. (Jan 2016) The middle class will pay less with single payer health plan. (Dec 2015) We spend more on care than countries with single-payer. (Dec 2015) Mental health coverage would stop suicides AND homicides. (Oct 2015) Healthcare is a fundamental right in a civilized society. (Sep 2015) Medicare for all: healthcare is a human right. (Sep 2015) Voted for ObamaCare; but prefers single-payer system. (Apr 2015) U.S. is only major country without guaranteed healthcare. (Apr 2015) Move toward a single-payer system. (Mar 2015) 1972: Pushed for dental care for low-income children. (Jun 1997) Civilized societies provide healthcare for the poor. (Jun 1997) Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate. (Feb 2016) Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues. (Feb 2016) Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare. (Feb 2016) Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer. (Feb 2016) Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts. (Oct 2015) Stockpile treatments against future pandemics and bioterrorism. (Sep 2015) We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare. (Jun 2015) ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed and replaced. (Jun 2015) Don't cut Medicare; grow the economy to keep benefits. (Jun 2015) ObamaCare deductibles are so high that it's useless. (Jun 2015) Make health insurance premiums tax-deductible. (Mar 2015) Save Medicare and Medicaid without cutting them to the bone. (Jan 2015) Kill ObamaCare before it becomes a trillion-ton weight. (Dec 2011) Increase insurance competition across state lines. (Dec 2011)
Immigration 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1 Preventing Muslims from immigrating is un-American. (Mar 2016) I won't be the Deporter-in-Chief; stop the raids and roundups. (Mar 2016) I sponsored the DREAM Act and a path to citizenship. (Mar 2016) Immigrants keep America young and dynamic. (Jun 2014) No official English, but keep common unifying language. (Feb 2008) Consider halting certain raids on illegal immigrant families. (Feb 2008) Guest workers only for farms, to address labor shortage. (Feb 2008) Exploitation of undocumented workers drives down wages. (Jan 2008) Crack down on employers who exploit undocumented workers. (Dec 2007) More border patrolling on both Mexican AND Canadian borders. (Sep 2007) Anti-immigrant bill would have criminalized Jesus Christ. (Sep 2007) Adamantly against illegal immigrants. (Sep 2005) I do not support the Minutemen anti-immigrant vigilantes. (Mar 2016) Base policy on uniting families, not dividing families. (Mar 2016) 2007 immigration bill was a bad bill, opposed by many. (Mar 2016) Support Obama's reforms on DAPA and DACA. (Mar 2016) I support children entering for asylum from war-torn areas. (Mar 2016) Focus policy on bringing families together, not deportation. (Feb 2016) Supports path to citizenship for illegals. (Feb 2016) Comprehensive reform with no border fence and no guest workers. (Sep 2015) Secure borders without building a fence. (Sep 2015) Open borders for guest workers pushes down U.S. worker wages. (Jul 2015) Offer path to citizenship; waive deportation for DREAMers. (Apr 2015) I take advantage of H1-B visas; but stop them. (Mar 2016) Let the good ones come back in; that's not amnesty. (Feb 2016) No apology for banning Muslims from entering America. (Jan 2016) t's not fear of terrorist refugees; it's reality. (Jan 2016) Need to keep database of Muslim refugees. (Nov 2015) We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically. (Nov 2015) I don't care how they come in, if they come in legally. (Oct 2015) Syrian refugees are a Trojan Horse. (Oct 2015) Syrian refugee crisis partly our fault; but don't take any. (Oct 2015) We're only country dumb enough for birthright citizenship. (Sep 2015) Illegal immigrants populate many criminal gangs. (Sep 2015) This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish. (Sep 2015) Half of the undocumented residents in America are criminals. (Jun 2015) We need strong borders; we need a wall. (Feb 2015) Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission. (Mar 2013) 351,000 illegal aliens are in our prisons; costing $1.1B. (Dec 2011) Control borders; even legal immigration should be difficult. (Jul 2000) Limit new immigration; focus on people already here. (Dec 1999)