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E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson

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

Full Name: E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson

Social

2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2012 Bread for the World - Positions 75%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 25%
2012 Catholic Advocate - Positions 25%
2012 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 86%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 28%
2012 Family Research Council - Positions 14%
2012 Friends Committee on National Legislation - Positions 67%
2012 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Social) 52%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Social) 47%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 50%
2012 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 50%
2012 Open Doors USA - Positions 50%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 33%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 33%
2011-2012 ACT! for America - Positions 100%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 53%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 20%
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%
2011-2012 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Conservative Action Score 44%
2011-2012 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 20%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2011 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 75%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 30%
2011 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 30%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 16%
2011 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 42%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 6%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 14%
2011 Family Research Council - Positions 14%
2011 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 90%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 49%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 51%
2011 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 25%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 35%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 35%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 20%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 57%
2010 Liberty Central - Positions on Conservative Issues F
2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 58%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 41%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 50%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 50%
2010 Vote Kids - Positions 69%
2009-2010 ACT! for America - Positions 67%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 32%
2009-2010 American Family Association - Positions 32%
2009-2010 American Immigration Lawyers Association - U.S. Senate Score 0%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2009-2010 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 78%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 60%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 29%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 29%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 33%
2009-2010 Family Research Council - Positions 33%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 41
2009-2010 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 57%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 71%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 71%
2009-2010 Secular Coalition for America - U.S. Senate Score 17%
2009-2010 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 27%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 33%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 27%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 33%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 20%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 64%
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 41%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 Heritage Alliance - Positions 50%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 36%
2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 15%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 61%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 38%
2009 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 66%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
2009 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 45%
2009 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 39%
2009 The Children's Health Fund - Positions 71%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 40%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 40%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 30%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 30%
2009 Vote Kids - Positions 69%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2008 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 67
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 50%
2008 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 46%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 53%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2007-2008 ACT! for America - Positions 100%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 66%
2007-2008 American Family Association - Positions 66%
2007-2008 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 44
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 80%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 51%
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 51%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 88%
2007-2008 Family Research Council - Positions 88%
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 - Progressive Action Score 6%
2007-2008 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 85%
2007-2008 Secular Coalition for America - Positions on Secular Issues F
2007-2008 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 100
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 21%
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 21%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2007 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 90%
2007 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions on Middle Class Advocacy 80
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 70%
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 85
2007 Family Research Council - Positions 85
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 10%
2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 25%
2007 National Employment Lawyers Association - Positions 100%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 55%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 44%
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
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 34%
2007 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 33%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 40%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 40%
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 66
2007 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 66
2006 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 0%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 35%
2006 Americans United for the Separation of Church and State - Positions 0%
2006 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 60%
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 100%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 87%
2006 Family Research Council - Positions 87%
2006 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 29%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 69%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 55%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 55%
2006 Secular Coalition for America - Positions 0%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 20%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 80%
2006 Traditional Values Coalition - Positions 80%
2005-2006 ACT! for America - Positions 67%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 66%
2005-2006 American Family Association - Positions 66%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 33%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 76%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 89%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 89%
2005-2006 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 75%
2005-2006 Partnership for America - Positions 80%
2005-2006 St. Joseph Health System - Positions 40%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 55%
2005 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 67%
2005 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 38%
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2005 Mennonite Central Committee - Positions 33%
2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 20%
2005 National Association of Social Workers - Positions on Professional Advocacy 0
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 45%
2005 National Criminal Justice Association - Positions 87%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 51%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 48%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
2005 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Personal Liberties 75%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 58%
2005 Republican Liberty Caucus - Economic Liberties Score 40%
2004 American Family Association - Positions 100%
2004 American Family Association - Positions 100%
2004 American Humane Association - Positions 60%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 65%
2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 80%
2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 83%
2004 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 83%
2004 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 71%
2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 80%
2004 Family Research Council - Positions 67%
2004 Family Research Council - Positions 67%
2004 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2004 National Journal - Conservative on Social 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%
2004 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 55%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 70%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 70%
2003-2004 ACT! for America - Positions 0%
2003-2004 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 72%
2003-2004 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 91%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 92%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 92%
2003-2004 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 91%
2003 American Family Association - Positions 100%
2003 American Family Association - Positions 100%
2003 American Humane Association - Positions 60%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 77%
2003 Center for Reclaiming America - Positions 67%
2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 83%
2003 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 83%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 100%
2003 Drum Major Institute for Public Policy/TheMiddleClass.org - Positions 83%
2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 73%
2003 Family Research Council - Positions 86%
2003 Family Research Council - Positions 86%
2003 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 7%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 55%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 46%
2003 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 53%
2003 National Network for Youth - Positions 0%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 40%
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2003 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 50
2002 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 0%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 33%
2002 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 49%
2002 National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy Score 50%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 0%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 0%
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions on Conservative Issues 56
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 35%
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 35%
2001-2002 American Bar Association - Positions 100%
2001-2002 American Humane Association - Positions 60%
2001-2002 American Muslims for Jerusalem - Positions on International Middle East Policy Advocacy -2
2001-2002 Bread for the World - Positions 100%
2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 47%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 62%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 62%
2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 44%
2001-2002 Family Research Council - Positions 44%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 55%
2001-2002 National Right to Life Committee - Positions 100%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 54%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
2001 Children's Defense Fund - Positions 64%
2001 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 60%
2001 Christian Coalition of America - Positions 60%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 40%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 51%
2001 National Youth Advocacy Coalition - Positions 100%
2001 Republican Liberty Caucus - Positions 52%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 55%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 55%
1995-2004 American Immigration Lawyers Association - Positions 0%

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