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2020 Federal Candidate Survey

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Each election year Citizens Count sends an issue survey to every candidate for state and federal office in New Hampshire.  We make every attempt to contact candidates by snail-mail, email, and phone.  Candidate survey responses are the primary source for issue positions shown on the Citizens Count website.  If a candidate does not respond to the Citizens Count survey, staff will search for candidate issue positions published in newspapers, posted on Facebook, etc.

The issues included in the survey are selected based on input from our online community, consultation with partners, and a review of legislation and candidate platforms.  The list below shows questions included on the 2020 survey sent to candidates for U.S. representative, U.S. senator, and president.

Marijuana legalization across U.S.

Should the government legalize marijuana at the federal level?

"Military-style" firearms ban

Should the federal government ban certain "military-style" firearms, such as the AR-15?

Federal oversight of state and local police
Should the federal government increase oversight of state and local police departments?
Higher tariffs

Do you generally support higher tariffs on imports from countries such as China, where we have a large trade deficit?

Federal minimum wage increase

Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?

Higher federal tax rate for higher income

Should higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?

Increase federal transportation infrastructure funding

Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Raise social security retirement age

Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?

Privatize social security

Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?

Means testing for social security

Should the federal government reform Social Security by requiring means testing?

Raise income cap for social security tax

Should the federal government reform social security by raising the cap on income subject to the Social Security tax?

Block grant for Medicaid

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by giving states a fixed block grant for Medicaid?

Eliminate "essential health benefits"

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by eliminating the "essential health benefits" insurance plans must cover?

Repeal Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" employer tax penalty

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by repealing the tax penalty for employers who do not offer health insurance?

Medicare for All, opt-in

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by allowing citizens to opt into Medicare if they so choose?

Medicare for All, automatic enrollment

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by automatically enrolling every citizen in Medicare, replacing most private insurance?

Federal right to abortion

Should the federal government pass a law guaranteeing the right to an abortion as decided in Roe v. Wade?

Federal abortion ban after 24 weeks
Should the federal government ban abortion after 24 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Federal power over states closing/reopening
Should the federal government have the power to override state public health decisions to close or reopen public areas?
Student loan payments by income

Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Free tuition at public colleges

Should the federal government provide free tuition at public colleges and universities?

Citizenship for child illegal/undocumented immigrants

Should Congress create a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children?

Mexican border wall

Should the U.S. build a physical wall between Mexico and the U.S.?

Tax carbon emissions

Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by taxing carbon emissions?

Federal subsidies for renewable energy

Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for renewable energy?

Federal subsidies for energy efficiency

Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for energy efficiency?

Federal funding for climate research

Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by increasing funding for research on climate issues?

Mail-in voting
Do you support the option of mail-in ballots for all voters, not just absentees?
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