Fellman’s Candidate Selection Matrix™

February 17th, 2016

At a time when the election cycle is too long, and the media spends too much of its time providing poll results, rumors, tweets and commentary rather than facts, it is vitally important that voters take time to cut through the fog and evaluate objectively which candidate(s) are, in their view, best qualified to be president of the United States.

Because voters across the nation represent different backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, core values, etc., individuals may draw vastly different conclusions about qualifications, but an objective approach helps to ensure that each person’s conclusions are based on objective criteria.

Below is a link to a matrix I designed to help voters evaluate those candidates that are of interest to them.  Even if you think you have already made a decision, try completing the spreadsheet. The results may surprise you!

Fellman’s Candidate Selection Matrix  (Note: Depending on which program you use, you may have to select “enable editing.”)

After you complete the matrix, I would love to know

  1. Did you have enough information about the candidates to rate them?
  2. Were you surprised by your results?
  3. Can you tell who my personal choice is from the matrix?  (I tried really hard to be objective and asked friends from both parties to test it!)

© Renee C. Fellman, January 25, 2016, all rights reserved

  1. jjvors
    February 19th, 2016 at 20:49 | #1

    This was a generally useful tool! Let me answer your questions for you:

    Did you have enough information about the candidates to rate them? No. I have lack of information about some candidates’ positions on certain issues. I also don’t know enough about their personal history to know if they have experience in non-profits
    Were you surprised by your results? No. Weighting the issues and adding my issues, my two favorite candidates came out with 495 and 456 respectively, and the third candidate was distant with 356. I am only considering three candidates.
    Can you tell from the matrix who my personal choice is? (I tried really hard to be objective and asked friends from both parties to test it!) No! The issues you listed are pretty much the standard ones in the news. I added three with a weight of 5: Abortion, Adherence to Constitution, and Personal character. Surprisingly, the last is little considered by many people in both parties.

    Thank you for your help in clarifying the candidates this election season!

  2. mreinders
    February 23rd, 2016 at 09:19 | #2

    I agree with jjvors. Without additional background on each candidates position on the issues, I rated them, based on my understanding of what I have read and heard in the debates, plus what I could research. The tool, pretty much confirmed that my choice was correct, and that I can live with my party’s second choice, if the nominations continue the direction that they currently are trending.

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