Asking about candidates’ views is limited to specific issues. Those issues change over time and we do rewrite questions each election season attempting to identify their views. However, a candidate’s personal worldview and value system will drive his/her choices when an issue arises about which no questions have yet been asked.
The thinking is well summarized with how one of our volunteer callers wrote to a candidate:
“It gives voters a peek into your character, because, pertinent or not, people usually want to vote for someone who believes the same way they do. Another reason we ask these questions is because every person in politics started somewhere. While it may not be your goal to move into positions of greater power, as voters, we are essentially picking candidates for future elections when we vote for people now.”