Candidate Profile
Andrew Yang

Democrat

Biography

Name
Andrew Yang
Party
Democrat
Race
President of the U.S.
Incumbent
No
Links
               

Panel Rating

Liberal
(Conditional) Information icon

Endorsements

Liberals

1
Steve Marchand

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
ActBlue (2020), California Young Democrats (2019), Democracy Engine (2020), Jacklyn "Jacky" Rosen (2018), Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (2019), State Democratic Party Organizations (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
5
Abundance for America (2020), ActBlue (2020), Democracy Engine (2020), Humanity Forward Fund (2020), Mike Honda (2019)

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "The Trump administration is effectively forcing Planned Parenthood out of the Title X program with their gag order. This is devastating news for the 1.5 million low income women who will be most affected."  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "The support for Universal Basic Income spans centuries, political parties, religious traditions, from Stephen Hawking to Milton Friedman to Martin Luther King Jr., all the way back to the gospels."  Source

What changes should be made to the tax code?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Yang would put an "end to favorable tax treatment for capital gains and carried interest. Ending the carried interest treatment loophole alone would generate $18 billion per year in revenue and ending favorable treatment of capital gains would generate tens of billions more."  Source

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I would independently strengthen Social Security so that it stays strong for future generations. A straightforward way to accomplish this is to lift the wage cap on contributions to Social Security."  Source

What is your position on the minimum wage?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I’m a fan of a higher minimum wage - no one should be working full-time and be poor in this country. I prefer a dividend though because 1) it recognizes parenting and other caregiving work and 2) it supports small businesses rather than increasing their costs. It’s a better path."  Source

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I’ve always been pro-gay marriage; why should straight people have all of the fun? People are people and all love is beautiful."  Source

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Yes. "Our current healthcare system is a massive hindrance on our nation's entrepreneurship. The burden of keeping America healthy shouldn't be on business owners or individuals, but our government."  Source

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Yang, an entrepreneur, supports Medicare for All, arguing that the prevailing job-based insurance system discourages businesses from hiring while forcing people to stay in jobs they dislike. He has said he would not ban private insurers but does not believe they would be able to compete with a no-cost government plan. He has not offered a detailed version of how he would achieve a single-payer system."  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. "He has said he would not ban private insurers but does not believe they would be able to compete with a no-cost government plan."  Source


National Security

What is the best way to maintain peace and protect national security?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Mr. Yang states, "As President, I will work with our allies to rebuild our stature in the world, and strengthen alliances such as NATO; reinvest in diplomacy and bolster funding to the State Department; work with allies to project our combined strength throughout the world, without engaging in activities that will cost American lives and money with no clear benefit to our long-term well-being; sign a repeal to the AUMF, returning the authority to declare war to Congress, and refuse to engage in anything other than emergency military activity without the express consent of Congress; regularly audit the Department of Defense; and focus our federal budget on fixing problems at home instead of spending trillions of dollars abroad."  Source

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I was in New York on 9/11. I remember walking uptown away from the WTC in a crowd of thousands. Remembering 9/11 does not mean inciting hostility toward Muslim-Americans who are just as American as anyone else. As President I would bring us together. We are all one country."  Source


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

(Did not answer)

Children covered by DACA should be granted legal citizenship.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Yang supports a pathway to citizenship.  Source

How would you re-write immigration laws?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Yang would: "increase funding to secure our landed ports of entry, where most drugs enter the United States; increase funding to our Customs Enforcement teams that are tasked with preventing human trafficking both into and out of the US; invest in technologies such as ground and aerial sensors, and video towers, to allow for efficient and effective means of monitoring stretches of the US/Mexico border that are rarely crossed but still provide means of entering the US; provide body cameras for all agents along the US/Mexico border; invest heavily in protecting and renewing the Rio Grande, which serves as a great natural boundary, and is currently ecologically struggling; provide all resources necessary to allow our asylum court system to function properly, lowering the backlog of cases and thus removing one of the prime reasons we’ve seen 'caravans' increasing in size and frequency; and work with the Mexican government on all of these initiatives, as well as anti-cartel initiatives, to ensure a positive relationship that allows both countries to serve the needs of their citizens."  Source


Education

How would you improve the quality of education in the United States?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Yang says, 'teacher salaries should be higher, along with the hiring standards and quality expectations,'" and that we should 'promote Vocational Education - our system promotes college as the only path to a good life, but there are other options.'"  Source  Source

I support charter schools.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "There are very good public schools and very bad public schools. There are very good charter schools and very bad charter schools. The goal should be to make more schools high-quality and effective - not denounce an entire category."  Source


Values

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Sexual orientation and gender identity should be protected classes under the law, receiving all the federal protections afforded under the Constitution and law."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I would do away with the death penalty."  Source

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Mandatory minimum laws, the war on drugs, and other misguided policy decisions over the years passed by politicians with an eye towards being 'tough on crime' have resulted in a glut of Americans behind bars. Instead of focusing on what sounds or feels good, we should focus on results. While individuals should be punished for committing crimes, the end goal should be to prevent people from committing crimes, and to lower recidivism rates for those who are convicted."  Source

How would you address the overcrowding of jails?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Yang would: "review the current mandatory minimum laws to bring them in line with what data shows us is effective; shift federal drug policy away from punishment and towards treatment; end the use of for-profit, private prisons; fund programs targeted at reducing recidivism and increasing reintegration; and push for a reconsideration of the harshness of our felony laws, including an investigation into any civil rights issues raised by the disproportionate amount of minorities convicted of these crimes."  Source


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Yang said the $3 billion being spent each year on school security and active shooter drills should instead be put toward 'counselors, nurses and teachers.' He further called for a more compassionate approach than the fear-mongering tactic employed by such dramatic drills. Yang said such drills are 'terrorizing our children unnecessarily.'"  Source

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Yang's plan would: "promote a stringent licensing system, with a 5-year renewal requirement, for gun ownership; implement a purchase limit (rate, not total) on all firearm; interview with a federal agent, who has limited discretion on granting the license."  Source


Other Important Issues

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I would 100% support H.R. 40." (Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act)  Source

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)

The United States should not have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I would re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement."  Source

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "'Abolishing the electoral college would be difficult and would wind up further favoring high-density high-population areas with big media markets that would be the focus of national campaigns,'Yang told the Post. But Yang supports making changes 'to the way we select the president, including how electors are apportioned and implementing ranked-choice voting.'"  Source

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

See other races on your ballot!

Get Reminders

From important news to voting dates and reminders, iVoterGuide equips you to make an impact and a real difference in every election.
Join Now