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Online Tool Matches Voters with Ideal Presidential Candidate

This online free quiz takes an in-depth look at your stance on a range of issues, then compares them to candidates' responses.

The Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla. this week and the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. the week after will (hopefully) lay out myriad issues for voters to make their choice as to who they want to end up in the White House.

But do you really know which presidential candidate best matches your stance on the issues most important to you? 

A new website launched earlier this year to help voters match up with their ideal candidate, and it's quickly gaining popularity through social media channels. In fact, according to iSideWith.com's homepage, more than a million people have taken the free quiz to determine their ideal candidate since it launched in March.

The quiz covers everything from social issues to foreign policy and answers can be fine tuned: You can choose general or more detailed responses, and a scale allows you to set the level of importance for each issue. Your responses are then analyzed to determine your ideal candidate, complete with a breakdown of your response matches.

Among the people who took the quiz in California, their positions matched President Barack Obama's 55 percent of the time — more than any other candidate. Surprisingly, Californians' views matched Green Party candidate Jill Stein's positions 48 percent of the time, followed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 47 percent and GOP candidate Ron Paul at 35 percent.

And what about Romney? Just 32 percent of Californians who took the quiz have the same views as he does on the key issues.

Seems to be a pretty handy tool, but does it work? You tell us. Take the free quiz on iSideWith.com and let us know what you think. Is the candidate it matched with you the candidate you plan to vote for?

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