Mayor Buttigieg’s high marks for a strong day-one democracy agenda are counterbalanced by lower grades for his policy platform, including on Indivisibles’ top issues like immigration and climate. He continues to participate in high-dollar fundraisers, and declined to commit to not appoint his major donors to positions of power.

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Building Grassroots Power: 73%

Mayor Buttigieg has one of the lower scores in this section. He did receive points for engaging grassroots communities by speaking at issue forums and has received an endorsement from the LGBTQ Victory Fund. He also got credit for supporting workers on strike, showing up to help flip the Virginia legislature in the 2019 elections, and for fully participating in Indivisible’s candidate evaluation process by returning our questionnaire and joining us for an interview.

Mayor Buttigieg also earned points for pledging to reject super PACs, but slightly under half of his contributions have come from small-dollar donors for the second and third quarter of 2019, and he has not sworn off high-dollar fundraisers. He also has not endorsed any progressive challengers against conservative Democratic incumbents, and he has rejected the pledge to not appoint major donors as ambassadors.

Score: 73%

Day-One Democracy Agenda: 91%

Mayor Buttigieg received a high score in this section as he has proposed a set of transformative, structural reforms to our democracy that would put power back into the hands of the American people. Those reforms include support for DC statehood and court reform, in addition to support for campaign finance reform, voting rights, and anti-corruption. Mayor Buttigieg has firmly committed to make democracy his top legislative priority if elected. He also supports eliminating the filibuster in order to enact his agenda.

Score: 91%

Policy Platform: 71%

Mayor Buttigieg received one of the weaker scores on the policy platform section. A major reason for his overall low score is because he failed to firmly commit to many of the questions in the questionnaire and candidate interview. He scored well on issues related to gun violence and investing in teacher recruitment and retention. However, he had relatively weaker scores on health care, climate, economic justice and civil rights, and foreign policy and national security.


Mayor Buttigieg took some good positions on immigration, including expressing support for a people-first immigration system. In total though, his immigration scores are low. He lost points for failing to commit to a reduction in funding for immigration enforcement agencies, a key priority for Indivisible and the top ask of the Defund Hate campaign. He also lost points for not committing to a moratorium on deportations if elected.

Score: 81%

Health Care

Mayor Buttigieg received a weak score on the health care section. He committed to undoing the harm caused by the Trump administration, and received credit for his plan for taking administrative action to expand access to health care to more people. However, he lost points for not supporting Medicare For All, and for recent comments indicating that he would not make his health care plan fully available to everyone, regardless of immigration status.

Score: 70%


Mayor Buttigieg received a comparatively low score on the climate section of our scorecard because he failed to make firm commitments on policies that are needed to effectively combat climate change. Although it incorporates climate justice, his climate plan does not center racial justice the way that other candidates do. He also declined to commit to ban fracking or to a moratorium on drilling on public lands.

Score: 63%

Economic Justice and Civil Rights

Mayor Buttigieg received a low score on this section because he declined to make commitments on some issues, but did get partial credit based on other information shared in his questionnaire response. He received full credit for his proposals to help close the racial wealth and gender wage gaps. He lost points because his publicly available criminal justice plan does not propose eliminating money bail, a key component of the mass incarceration industry that disproportionately harms Black and brown communities.

Score: 67%

Other Domestic Policy

Mayor Buttigieg received nearly full credit on this section based on his proposals on gun violence prevention, closing the achievement gap, and investments to public education. He committed to using federal resources to address the problem of gun violence. He also received credit for his plan for investments to public schools, and for teacher recruitment and retention.  

Score: 95%

Foreign Policy & National Security

Mayor Buttigieg scored poorly in this section because he failed to make a firm commitment to repeal the open-ended 2001 and 2002 use of force authorizations that have been used to wage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also did not commit to a new, more progressive approach to American foreign policy. He failed to identify non-military national security threats facing our nation and indicated he would continue a militaristic approach to foreign policy and national security.

Score: 50%

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