APPLETON — They have been on the campaign trail for months. Now the Republican presidential campaigns are pulling into Wisconsin. To help voters pick a candidate that best represents their views, Lawrence University Professor Robert Beck created the website
"It's the impartial way to make your decision without knowing who said what," said Beck.
You start by rating the six issues in the survey, then rate candidate responses to the topics and then the program matches your ratings to give you the candidate that best matches your views. The survey is unbiased because the candidates are not shown with their responses. Only after completing the survey does the program reveal which candidate best matches your responses.
"We liken it to a wine tasting where you don't know the label, you read the text but you don't know if it is Romney's statement or Gingrich and so forth," said Beck.
Categories range from economy, national security, energy to healthcare, education and individual rights. The candidate responses come directly from their own campaign websites. The goal, according to Lawrence University Political Science Professor Arnold Shober, is to help voters sort out like-minded candidates.
"Having chunks of information on different issues can help a voter distinguish between candidates who are mostly on the same page," Shober said.