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2008 Presidential Contenders: Where They Stand, What They’re (Not) Saying, and How They’re Framing the Issues
Unformatted Document Text:  i Clark Benson and Ravi Iyer came up with this idea for a calculator that allows you to both match your issues and express your intensity. Mr. Benson, an electronic entrepreneur, provided the funding for the site, and Ravi Iyer used his technical skills to launch the site. Nairne and Soule conducted the research on the candidates. Brian Monroe helped with the statistics. ii As the candidates dropped out, they were eliminated from the site. Candidates dropped out as follows: John Edwards : Dropped out January 30, 2008Joe Biden: Dropped out January 3, 2008Chris Dodd: Dropped out January 3, 2008Dennis Kucinich: Dropped out January 25, 2008Bill Richardson: Dropped out January 10, 2008Mike Huckabee: Dropped out March 4, 2008Mitt Romney: Dropped out on February 7, 2008.Rudy Guliani: Dropped out January 30, 2008Fred Thompson: Dropped out January 22, 2008 iii In addition to issue positions, there appear to be four basic personality traits that are used when voters evaluate candidates: leadership, competence, integrity, and empathy (Goren 2002; McCann 1990; Miller and Shanks 1996; Pierce 1993). Therefore, on VoteHelp.org we included an optional "personality module" for users who want to add their views of the candidate's personalities to their calculation. We let respondents determine the percentage weight they would add to each of the categories of leadership, competence, likeability and integrity. The inputs were saved so that users could come back and adjust their views should they change over time. VoteHelp then matches the querent to candidates. These data will be analyzed in a subsequent paper. iv The $8,000 budget used to construct this site did not allow us to hire someone to update and tweak the candidates’ positions as they are sharpen or dull in the election anvil. v The authors are working on an unpublished manuscript.

Authors: Soule, Suzanne., Nairne, Jennifer. and Iyer, Ravi.
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i
Clark Benson and Ravi Iyer came up with this idea for a calculator that allows you to both match your issues and express
your intensity. Mr. Benson, an electronic entrepreneur, provided the funding for the site, and Ravi Iyer used his technical
skills to launch the site. Nairne and Soule conducted the research on the candidates. Brian Monroe helped with the
statistics.
ii
As the candidates dropped out, they were eliminated from the site. Candidates dropped out as follows: John Edwards :
Dropped out January 30, 2008
Joe Biden: Dropped out January 3, 2008
Chris Dodd: Dropped out January 3, 2008
Dennis Kucinich: Dropped out January 25, 2008
Bill Richardson: Dropped out January 10, 2008
Mike Huckabee: Dropped out March 4, 2008
Mitt Romney: Dropped out on February 7, 2008.
Rudy Guliani: Dropped out January 30, 2008
Fred Thompson: Dropped out January 22, 2008
iii
In addition to issue positions, there appear to be four basic personality traits that are used when voters evaluate candidates:
leadership, competence, integrity, and empathy (Goren 2002; McCann 1990; Miller and Shanks 1996; Pierce 1993).
Therefore, on VoteHelp.org we included an optional "personality module" for users who want to add their views of the
candidate's personalities to their calculation. We let respondents determine the percentage weight they would add to each of
the categories of leadership, competence, likeability and integrity. The inputs were saved so that users could come back and
adjust their views should they change over time. VoteHelp then matches the querent to candidates. These data will be
analyzed in a subsequent paper.
iv
The $8,000 budget used to construct this site did not allow us to hire someone to update and tweak the candidates’
positions as they are sharpen or dull in the election anvil.
v
The authors are working on an unpublished manuscript.


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