I came across an interesting website last night that can help with those questions — ISideWith.com. Complete the questionnaire and you’ll be given a detailed assessment of your political views and the parties with which you align on each issue.
I answered all the questions, including the additional questions offered in each category, fully expecting to be told I’m mostly a Democrat, with Republican views on immigration, unions, and maybe some economic issues. I was a bit surprised to be told that overall, I align most closely with the Green Party. My fault, of course, for once again forgetting there are more than two political parties out there, despite what the media seem to think and despite my being registered as unaffiliated.
No, I won’t be voting for any minority party candidates. None on the Colorado ballot are viable. But across the nation there are some interesting races where independent candidates offer a chance for voters to express their unhappiness with the major parties. I’m especially interested in the Kansas Senate race, where the Democrat actually dropped out and left the race to an independent and a Republican.
You might find it interesting to assess your views and then browse the information offered on the site. Look through the poll results on each issue; they break down the answers from the questionnaire. Or, if you’re really bored, you can even see my results (they’re so detailed, I’m still exploring them myself).