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Alex Poling

Democrat , California


Alex Poling
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5

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Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Disagree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Disagree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.


The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.


I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Disagree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

No Answer

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.


Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Disagree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.


The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.


Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.


Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Disagree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.


Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

1. Constitution 2. Congress and Supreme Court 3. Voters

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?


What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Power was separated and limited to prevent any one branch of government from becoming totalitarian. It was important to the Founders that the voice of the people be present at all times and that no one segment or opinion could drown out the call of the people. By separating powers, this prevented any single person or group from gaining insurmountable control, thus forcing debate and discussion, which would in turn bring about the most important and viable ideas for legislation.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

No. My beliefs are between myself and God.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?


Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I am a liberal because I believe a liberal should be seen as a progressive. I believe that there are better ideas ahead of us, as opposed to behind us. While having not been a politician before, I cannot point to previous legislation I have passed. Instead, I can point to which outlines and details my opinions on a multitude of issues and explains how I believe they are forward-thinking and a betterment for all members of our country.

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Additional comment from candidate:

It is important going forward that we remove the attachment political parties feel towards certain agendas and talking points. Voters are being disenfranchised by being forced to choose between two political parties that do not always contain all of the ideas of the individual. Which party, for instance, would a socially liberal, economically conservative person align with? What if you're conservative, but do not care about gay marriage? What if you're liberal, but a staunch supporter of gun rights? I'm working with a new system, Place A Vote, to remove the worries of the people described above. Current political parties work like Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Someone comes up with a position, there's a race to gobble it up, and the other party takes the opposing side of the spectrum simply to be a contrarian. I pledge to remove this. By utilizing a system that decouples the issues from the parties, we can focus on the merits of the idea, as opposed to the lobbying.


  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Bachelor's, 2013
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