(UR) With the presidential primaries ongoing, and the 2016 Presidential Election barreling towards us with the inevitability of a slow moving train, it appears that more and more people are becoming engaged with the political system. What makes this race different? One answer is the sheer number of candidates running for the leadership of their respective parties. Another answer is that Americans are finally being offered a choice.

For whatever reasons, it appears that a growing number of Americans are interested in selecting an “outsider” as the leaders of their political parties. For some of the candidates, this stems from the notion that American Democracy was made in the hopes of avoiding the creation of a “professional political class.” The reality, however, is that this political class exists — and this is something that a few candidates hope to undo. This hope appears to be resonating with voters.

There are almost too many political spectrum tests to name on the internet. Some of them are helpful; some of them aren’t – especially when trying to figure out who to vote for in a national election. One of the more popular, according to use, is iSideWith.

iSideWith doesn’t match you to a political identity or ideology, it ranks candidates by how closely their beliefs match yours. This style of assessment is more useful than, say, a quiz or test that only shows users one possible outcome, as it allows the user to explore why and how they are similar to certain candidates.

Take the iSideWith presidential quiz now by clicking here, then share your results in the comments below.

There have been some interesting results with iSideWith, and they tend to reflect a growing trend among American voters. Many iSideWith visitors, according to user data and personal opinion, are being matched most strongly to alternative candidates. There are, of course, some pretty heavy connotations to these results.

Sure, the wide range of candidates means that voters have more choice. The truth is that candidates like Clinton, who tend to represent the status quo, are not reflective of certain realities facing voters. The American Dream, for many, has not been realized, and this is evident in how alternative candidates are finding such strong support. It even explains why some analysts feel strongly that people who identify as Democrat might be convinced to vote Republican if Clinton becomes the only choice.

Regardless of how the election turns out, one of the important takeaways from this primary season is that people are a little tired of the same-old. This fatigue is turning into engagement and interest, indicated by the stubborn persistence of alternative candidates seeking presidential nominations. Clearly, despite more viable contenders, the paradox of choice still depends on certain criteria.

For the first time in a long time, American voters aren’t being forced to choose between candidates that resemble each other ideologically. They are finally being offered valid differences. And the statistical results are evidence of this.


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