What if Congress were comprised only of Independent voters? What sort of policies would they prefer? Would the legislation they pass be more conservative or more liberal? For over a year now, Resurgent Republic has been surveying Independent voters, asking them to choose their preference between the policy positions of two hypothetical members of Congress: one distinctively liberal, and the other a conservative foil (to see an example of the actual survey question text, see here). By translating Resurgent Republic survey results into a vote of 435 members of the House of Representatives, the visuals below show us exactly how conservative (red) or liberal (blue) an Independent Congress would be.

Update: We added a series of questions from our newest surveys about the economy, tax increases, energy, Medicare, health care reform, troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, and cutting the defense budget.

Independents prefer conservative solutions to our nation's issues
59
out of 70 times

An Independent Congress on Fiscal Issues

206

229

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Increase capital gains taxes

Increase capital gains taxes

213

222

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Obama debt attitude

Obama debt attitude

185

250

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Tax increases on the wealthy

Tax increases on the wealthy

183

252

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Mortgage Debt Alleviation

Mortgage Debt Alleviation

239

196

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Tax increases vs. spending cuts 1 - 11/11

Tax increases vs. spending cuts 1 - 11/11

222

213

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Tax increases vs. spending cuts 2 - 11/11

Tax increases vs. spending cuts 2 - 11/11

235

200

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Tax increases vs. spending cuts - 8/11

Tax increases vs. spending cuts - 8/11

239

196

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Tax reform

Tax reform

157

278

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Balanced budget amendment - 8/11

Balanced budget amendment - 8/11

186

249

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Balanced budget amendment - 6/10

Balanced budget amendment - 6/10

113

322

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$100 billion budget cuts

$100 billion budget cuts

128

307

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Broaden the tax base

Broaden the tax base

184

251

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Cancel unspent stimulus

Cancel unspent stimulus

204

231

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Constitutional convention

Constitutional convention

184

251

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Cut corporate taxes

Cut corporate taxes

192

243

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Extending tax cuts

Extending tax cuts

175

260

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Freeze federal spending

Freeze federal spending

192

243

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Keep capital gains tax at same level

Keep capital gains tax at same level

128

307

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Republican spending cuts

Republican spending cuts

153

282

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Super majority for new spending

Super majority for new spending

128

307

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Tie debt increase to balanced budget

Tie debt increase to balanced budget

142

293

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Tie debt increase to cuts

Tie debt increase to cuts

An Independent Congress on Health Care

183

252

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Health care reform

Health care reform

101

334

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Buy health insurance across state lines - 1/11

Buy health insurance across state lines - 1/11

120

315

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Buy health insurance across state lines - 6/10

Buy health insurance across state lines - 6/10

120

315

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Buy health insurance across state lines - 6/10

Buy health insurance across state lines - 6/10

120

315

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Buy health insurance across state lines - 6/10

Buy health insurance across state lines - 6/10

159

276

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Individual mandate

Individual mandate

168

267

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Medical malpractice reform - 1/11

Medical malpractice reform - 1/11

166

269

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Medical malpractice reform - 6/10

Medical malpractice reform - 6/10

180

255

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National health standards

National health standards

136

299

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Portability

Portability

191

244

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Taxpayer-funded abortions

Taxpayer-funded abortions

191

244

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View on repealing health care law - 1/11

View on repealing health care law - 1/11

192

243

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View on repealing health care law - 11/10

View on repealing health care law - 11/10

186

249

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View on repealing health care law - 6/10

View on repealing health care law - 6/10

An Independent Congress on Energy

178

257

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Obama’s energy plan

Obama’s energy plan

73

362

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Brazilian oil development

Brazilian oil development

151

284

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Offshore oil drilling - 1/11

Offshore oil drilling - 1/11

170

265

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Offshore oil drilling - 6/10

Offshore oil drilling - 6/10

254

181

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Alternative energy subsidies

Alternative energy subsidies

206

229

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Carbon emission regulation

Carbon emission regulation

176

259

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Carbon tax

Carbon tax

178

257

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Clean coal

Clean coal

215

220

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Natural gas

Natural gas

208

227

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Nuclear power - 4/11

Nuclear power - 4/11

177

258

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Nuclear power - 1/11

Nuclear power - 1/11

171

264

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Nuclear power - 6/10

Nuclear power - 6/10

196

239

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Tax subsidies for energy

Tax subsidies for energy

An Independent Congress on Entitlement Programs

200

235

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Off-limits for spending cuts - 5/12

Off-limits for spending cuts - 5/12

157

278

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Immediacy of Social Security reform - 8/11

Immediacy of Social Security reform - 8/11

182

253

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Immediacy of Social Security reform - 3/11

Immediacy of Social Security reform - 3/11

235

200

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Off-limits for spending cuts - 8/11

Off-limits for spending cuts - 8/11

236

199

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Off-limits for spending cuts - 3/11

Off-limits for spending cuts - 3/11

173

262

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Reforming Social Security

Reforming Social Security

An Independent Congress on Education

245

190

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Alternative certification

Alternative certification

231

204

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Federal funds to private schools

Federal funds to private schools

199

236

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Merit pay - 1/11

Merit pay - 1/11

222

213

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Merit pay - 6/10

Merit pay - 6/10

201

234

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National education standards

National education standards

177

258

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Tenure

Tenure

An Independent Congress on One Party Government

157

278

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Concentration of power

Concentration of power

165

270

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Impact of Democrat control 1

Impact of Democrat control 1

147

288

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Impact of Democrat control 2

Impact of Democrat control 2

147

288

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Impact of Republican control 1

Impact of Republican control 1

137

298

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Impact of Republican control 2

Impact of Republican control 2

215

220

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Listening to the public

Listening to the public

An Independent Congress on National Security

239

196

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Troops in Afghanistan

Troops in Afghanistan

218

217

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Troops in Iraq

Troops in Iraq

147

288

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Guantanamo Bay prison

Guantanamo Bay prison

150

285

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Terrorist detainee trials

Terrorist detainee trials

An Independent Congress on Unions

179

256

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Public employee unions 1

Public employee unions 1

156

279

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Public employee unions 2

Public employee unions 2

103

332

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Right-to-work laws

Right-to-work laws

An Independent Congress on Federal Spending

187

248

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Cutting the defense budget

Cutting the defense budget

176

259

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Role of government spending 1

Role of government spending 1

192

243

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Role of government spending 2

Role of government spending 2

An Independent Congress on Government Regulation

137

298

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Business regulation

Business regulation

132

303

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Internet regulation

Internet regulation

An Independent Congress on Jobs & Economy

113

322

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Obama’s economic plan

Obama’s economic plan

An Independent Congress on Immigration Reform

242

193

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Path to citizenship

Path to citizenship

An Independent Congress on Lame Duck Legislation

160

275

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Lame Duck session

Lame Duck session