Glassbooth: Matching You with Your Presedential Candidate

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Glassbooth.org is a new political quiz site and that aims to “connect you to the 2008 presidential candidate that represents your beliefs the best.” Users divide 20 points within the issues they find most important, then take a 15 question quiz marking their personal beliefs on a scale of “strongly oppose” to “strongly support.”

The non-profit organization stresses on working with integrity, non-bias, non-partisan, transparency, and insight, and having taken the quiz, their claims seem to hold true — their matching process, where they compare where you stand on a belief vs. where the candidates stand, are backed by strong facts, sources, references, and quotes. For example, comparing my beliefs with Barack Obama’s, I noticed he was strongly against renewing the No Child Left Behind policy, his claims being backed with with YouTube videos of speeches and quotes from CNN and the NYT thatwent into good detail.

The site provides an intuitive interface and the results you’re left with are laid out to provide concise overview with your matching candidate, which all-in-all make your 20 minutes on the site worth it. One of the useful features is that you are able to save the URL for future access and to share with your friends.

While the site doesn’t yet have a Facebook application, they do a supportive group with a around 2,000 members. The site has so far received coverage from — among others — the NYT Caucaus blog, Wired, and CBS Evening News.

With the Super Tuesday primaries under the rug, and 24 more states left to go — not to mention a whole election — it’s important for people to form their views and support the candidate that best fits their needs. And if the spin by the media, the endorsements from key figures, or inspiring speeches, haven’t convinced you to make up your mind yet, Glassbooth lets you get in the thick of it and match a candidate that most suits your beliefs and opinions.


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