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E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson

E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Liberal

Full Name: E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson

Liberal

2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2012 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Social) 47%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Economic) 49%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Foreign) 53%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Composite Score) 51%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 50%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 50%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 44%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Liberal Action Score 25%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 44%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Net Congressional Score 41%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Liberal Action Score 25%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 90%
2011 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 49%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 47%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 49%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 41%
2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 42%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 41
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 41
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 71%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 71%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 36%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 36%
2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 15%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 41%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 41%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 38%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2008 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 46%
2008 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 50%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 52%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 6%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 6%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Right Wing Index Score 75%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 0%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Right Wing Index Score 75%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 0%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 25%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 44%
2007 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 46.7%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 46%
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 56
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 56
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 35%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 35%
2006 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 29%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 53%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 51%
2006 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 45.3%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 55%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 55%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 33%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 33%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 20%
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 45%
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 45%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 51%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 50%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 46%
2005 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 50%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 65%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 65%
2004 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 53%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 45%
2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 43%
2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 43%
2003-2004 Democrats for Life of America - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Radical Middle - Positions 25%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2003 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 7%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 55%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 55%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 51%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 53%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 46%
2003 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 51%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2002 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 48%
2002 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 49%
2002 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 44%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 0%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 0%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 55%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 55%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 54%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 54%
2001-2002 Radical Middle - Positions 15%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 40%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 40%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 51%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 36%

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