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Karyn Polito on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Support buffer zone and access to contraceptive care. (Sep 2014)
  • 2003: Supported "right-to-know" law; now opposes it. (Sep 2014)
  • High marks from NARAL. (Sep 2014)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on Stem Cell Research Bill. (May 2005)
Karyn Polito on Budget & Economy
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  • Voted NO on $300M to offset the budget deficit via bonds. (Apr 2003)
Karyn Polito on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Evolved on gay marriage; now favors it. (Sep 2014)
  • Voted YES on defining marriage as one man and one woman. (Feb 2004)
  • Supported $900K for disability & mentoring aid. (Jul 2003)
  • Opposed "Turning 22" mental disability program. (Jul 2003)
Karyn Polito on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on closing $85 million in corporate tax loopholes. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on Defeating corporate tax disclosure. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on Extending corporate tax credit 5 years. (May 2003)
Karyn Polito on Crime
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  • Leading advocate for the passage of "Jessica's Law". (Aug 2014)
  • Voted YES on reinstating capital punishment. (Nov 2005)
  • Opposed funding Mass Correctional Legal Services. (Jul 2003)
Karyn Polito on Drugs
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  • Voted NO on earmark for women's substance abuse program. (Feb 2004)
Karyn Polito on Education
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  • Opposed federal school breakfast supplement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on 3-year moratorium on charter schools. (May 2003)
Karyn Polito on Energy & Oil
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Karyn Polito on Environment
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  • Voted NO on requiring dental amalgam (mercury) separators. (Jul 2004)
  • Opposed keeping park maintenance funding within MDC. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on reduced fees for blood lead level testing. (Jul 2003)
Karyn Polito on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on affirming marriage for heterosexuals only. (Sep 2005)
Karyn Polito on Foreign Policy
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Karyn Polito on Free Trade
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  • Voted NO on International Trade Council to promote exports. (Jan 2004)
Karyn Polito on Government Reform
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  • Fight corrupt Beacon Hill culture; no legislative pay raises. (Nov 2010)
Karyn Polito on Gun Control
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  • Reducing firearm licensing fee from $100 to $40. (Jul 2008)
Karyn Polito on Health Care
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  • Voted YES on maintaining two state psychiatric hospitals. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional call for universal health care. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for all smoking regulation costs. (Oct 2003)
Karyn Polito on Homeland Security
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Karyn Polito on Immigration
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  • Voted NO on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2006)
  • Opposed two-way bilingual programs; supported English-only. (Jul 2003)
Karyn Polito on Jobs
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  • Voted NO on early retirement for MWRA-work-related cancer. (Jul 2003)
Karyn Polito on Local Issues
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  • Expand gaming: economic engine without higher taxes. (Nov 2010)
Karyn Polito on Principles & Values
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  • Voted YES on 'one nation under God' in pledge of allegiance. (Sep 2005)
Karyn Polito on Social Security
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  • No pensions for politicians; retirement reform for others. (Nov 2010)
Karyn Polito on Tax Reform
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  • Don't treat taxpayers as an ATM when money gets tight. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted NO on postponing reduction of income tax to 5%. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on capital gains tax rebates. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on municipal meals tax, in addition to state tax. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising income tax to 5.95% to offset deficit. (Apr 2003)
Karyn Polito on Technology
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  • Voted NO on replacing restrictions on local aid allocations. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on emerging technologies, math & science Fund. (Jan 2004)
Karyn Polito on War & Peace
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Karyn Polito on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on $2 million for Mass Rental Voucher Program. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting welfare benefits to 5 years. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on veto override for $220K for homelessness. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on studying how to overcome federal workfare rules. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on rejecting $25M earmarked for Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on removing funds for Affordable Housing Trust. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on allowing parents on welfare to attend school. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on workfare for mothers of 2- to 6-year-olds. (May 2003)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Support buffer zone and access to contraceptive care: Strongly Favors topic 1
2003: Supported "right-to-know" law; now opposes it: Opposes topic 1
High marks from NARAL: Favors topic 1
Voted YES on overriding veto on Stem Cell Research Bill: Favors topic 1
Neutral on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supported $900K for disability & mentoring aid: Favors topic 2
Opposed "Turning 22" mental disability program: Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Evolved on gay marriage; now favors it: Strongly Favors topic 3
Voted YES on affirming marriage for heterosexuals only: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Voted YES on defining marriage as one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Voted YES on 'one nation under God' in pledge of allegiance: Strongly Favors topic 4
Voted NO on allowing parents on welfare to attend school: Favors topic 4
Voted YES on workfare for mothers of 2- to 6-year-olds: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Voted YES on maintaining two state psychiatric hospitals: Favors topic 5
Voted NO on Constitutional call for universal health care: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No pensions for politicians; retirement reform for others: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposed federal school breakfast supplement: Favors topic 7
Voted NO on 3-year moratorium on charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-3 points on Social scale)
Voted NO on requiring dental amalgam (mercury) separators: Favors topic 8
Opposed keeping park maintenance funding within MDC: Favors topic 8
Voted NO on reduced fees for blood lead level testing: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Leading advocate for the passage of "Jessica's Law": Strongly Favors topic 9
Voted YES on reinstating capital punishment: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposed funding Mass Correctional Legal Services: Strongly Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Reducing firearm licensing fee from $100 to $40: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Don't treat taxpayers as an ATM when money gets tight: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Voted NO on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Voted NO on postponing reduction of income tax to 5%: Opposes topic 11
Voted NO on closing $85 million in corporate tax loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Voted YES on capital gains tax rebates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Voted NO on municipal meals tax, in addition to state tax: Opposes topic 11
Voted NO on Defeating corporate tax disclosure: Favors topic 11
Voted YES on Extending corporate tax credit 5 years: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Voted NO on $300M to offset the budget deficit via bonds: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Opposed two-way bilingual programs; supported English-only: Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Voted NO on International Trade Council to promote exports: Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Fight corrupt Beacon Hill culture; no legislative pay raises: Favors topic 16
Neutral on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Voted NO on earmark for women's substance abuse program: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Expand gaming: economic engine without higher taxes: Opposes topic 20
Voted YES on rejecting $25M earmarked for Housing Trust Fund: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Voted NO on removing funds for Affordable Housing Trust: Favors topic 20
Voted NO on raising income tax to 5.95% to offset deficit: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Karyn Polito is a Moderate Conservative.
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