Electoral Results: 1.4 million Take Online Political Quiz iSideWith

By Chris W.

More great analysis by Hardy Macia, admin at the Gary Johnson Grassroots Forum.

What this data proves is that if you cut out the kingmakers, the media the pollsters and the Commission of Presidential Debates, and present the American people with level playing field in which to make their decision, a supposedly fringe candidate like Gary Johnson is a legitimate electoral contender for the White House...

What if people voted for which candidate they most closely aligned with on issues, and not based on who the media gatekeepers thinks you should vote for? -- PART II

Last month, I blogged about the results of iSideWith.com's quiz, when just over 600,000 visitors had taken their online quiz based on the issues, in a post titled "Johnson wins election if based on issues."

iSideWith.com has been overwhelmed with participants and now there have been over 1,400,000 quiz taker results. I had wanted to write an update at the 1,000,000 mark, but the consequence of their success was that they had to take down their state-by-state statistics for a few weeks so they could upgrade their software and crank through all of the results to give us updated state-by-state statistics.

The new state-by-state stats are now available. I've run all the calculations again, and here is the new map.
The map is created of over 1,400,000 quiz taker results on the iSideWith site. Users answer 36 questions that cover a range of issues from social, environment, science, foreign policy, domestic policy, immigration, the economy, and healthcare. Their answers are matched up with the candidates' answers, and then they are shown who they align most closely with based on a percentage scale, including percentage alignments of the other candidates so you can see the candidate you least agree with as well.

iSideWith generates state-by-state breakdowns so you can see which state's population of quiz takers supports which candidate from the most to least. I tabulated the data and assigned the electoral votes to the "winner" of each state. In case of ties, the electoral votes are divided evenly and the map shows multicolored lines in tied states. iSideWith included a couple candidates in their questionnaire who will only be on the ballot in a handful of states so I excluded them, but I did include the Constitution, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, and Republican candidates.


Barack Obama as the incumbent, wins a total of 300.5 electoral votes in 26 states. He wins the states you’d expect him to win - the West Coast, Northeast and a few in the Great Lakes region.

Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) loses the title of President from the first report, but he holds on to first place in 26 states surpassing everyone else, except Obama. Johnson receives 231.5 electoral votes.

Mitt Romney loses a lot of ground since the first update and his best finish is 3rd place in 5 states. Zero electoral votes.
See the complete results at the Gary Johnson Grassroots Blog


  1. Yes. I was 83% Gary Johnson. If most people rate him highly, but our choices are Romney and Obama, the system is very broken.

  2. This still blows my mind. Suppose Johnson were a "viable" candidate. I bet most people in my area, Madison, WI, which is strong Obama territory, haven't even heard of Johnson. If they did hear of Johnson, maybe WI would go for him instead of Obama.

    If this is true, i.e. if the test is fair and it really comes out this way, this is a damning indictment of our political system.


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