This worksheet asks you to outline your principles and policy positions on a number of important political and ethical controversies. There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions. Knowing where you stand on ‘big picture’ issues relating to morals and principles can be very helpful in providing effective responses to debate and audience questions. Likewise, having taken the time to think through and write out your stances on political questions will make it easier for you to communicate your vision and strategy for achieving that vision to your audience. Some of these issues may not be of particular relevance to the office for which you are running, but we assure you that you will be asked about them.
What are the three issues that are of greatest importance to you?
What are the three issues that are of greatest importance to your constituents?
What ethical principles most guide your decision making?
How would you describe your leadership style?
Which public figures have most influenced your political thinking?
- Given a choice in solving a problem, do you generally prefer…
- Individual choice or government intervention?
- Local or state control?
- State or federal control?
- Government or market-based approaches?
- Ensuring equal opportunities, or equal outcomes?
- Traditional or innovative approaches?
General Issues: What are your feelings about the following?
You can answer any question you are asked by knowing your values and you can use every issue to reflect those values.
Civil Liberties &. Homeland Security
- Sentencing/Tough Crime Measures
Domestic & Sexual Violence
- Evolution v. Creationism
- Sex Education
Euthanasia (Right to Die)
Foreign Aid Spending
Free Trade Agreements
Poverty & Public Assistance (Welfare)
Public Subsidies (Like Stadiums)
Separation of Church and State
Social Security & Medicare
Stem Cell Research
War on Terrorism