Democracy might be the best of a bad set of governing systems, to paraphrase Churchill; it’s also time consuming. Sometimes the siren song of being a sheep is strong. If you are interested in how the candidates stack up on the issues, and not only on your gut feeling about amorphous aspects of their potential presidential prowess, here are a bunch of online survey tools that ask you what you think of a few issues and then match your answers to the candidates’ supposed stances and rank the candidates according to how well they suit you. They’re all far from ideal, and the options they give for answering the issue questions are limited and limiting. Still, taken together they’re mildly fun and mildly informative, and definitely better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
- http://www.votehelp.org 
- http://www.speakout.com/VoteMatch/senate2006.asp?quiz=2008 
- http://www.wqad.com/Global/link.asp?L=259460 
- http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/candidate-match-game.htm?loc=interstitialskip 
- http://www.selectsmart.com/president/2008.html 
- http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/select_a_candidate/poll.php?race_id=13 
If you actually want to know more about the candidates and how they stand, spend just a little bit of your time over at Project Vote Smart . That’s a rock solid site.