Dec. 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM ET
In order to figure out which political candidate to support you have to sort out where they all stand on various issues, compare that to your own stances, and then consider what all that data means in the grand scheme of things.
Or you can just fill out an OkCupid-style compatibility survey and get matched up with the political candidate of your dreams.
You can do just that using something called OkCandidate.
OkCandidate is a website which was created as part of the TimesOpen: Hack Day — a day-long event during which over 80 developers visited the New York Times Building and worked on their projects. It uses the matching algorithm made available by dating site OkCupid and applies it to the process of selecting a political candidate.
All you have to do in order to use it is answer a couple of questions about your views on abortion, same-sex marriage, federal tax rates, the Social Security program, illegal immigrants, military presence in foreign countries, evolution and so on. Once you've done that, the site will provide you with compatibility scores, ranking each candidate on a scale of 0 to 100.
It's of course worth noting that websites like OkCandidate are usually created for entertainment purposes. You should probably do a bit of research after playing with it and make sure that you wind up casting a vote for the appropriate individual when the election comes.
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