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Susan M. Collins's Ratings and Endorsements

Office: U.S. Senate (ME) - Sr, Republican

Conservative

2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (June 23, 2014) 39%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score (June 23, 2014) 44%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime Score 44%
2014 Americans for Prosperity - Positions (Jan. 7, 2014) 38%
2014 Conservative Review - Positions 12
2014 Heritage Action for America - Positions (Jan. 9, 2014) 28%
2014 The John Birch Society - Lifetime Score 40%
2014 The John Birch Society - Positions 40%
2013-2014 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 50%
2013-2014 Eagle Forum - Positions 20%
2013-2014 Faith and Freedom Coalition - Positions 64
2013-2014 The New American - Positions (captured September 2, 2014) 37%
2013 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 48%
2013 American Conservative Union - Positions 28%
2013 Concerned Women for America - Positions 36%
2013 Eagle Forum - Positions 16%
2013 National Journal - Conservative (Composite) 55%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 55%
2013 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 55%
2013 The John Birch Society - Positions 40%
2013 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 40
2012 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 49%
2012 American Conservative Union - Ratings of Congress 20%
2012 Eagle Forum - Positions 42%
2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Foreign) 54%
2012 National Journal - Senate Conservative (Composite Score) 55%
2012 The Club for Growth - Positions 38%
2012 The John Birch Society - Positions 50%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Lifetime score 47%
2011-2012 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 40%
2011-2012 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 60%
2011-2012 Concerned Women for America - Positions 55%
2011-2012 Heritage Action for America - Positions 31%
2011 American Conservative Union - Positions 55%
2011 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 51%
2011 Concerned Women for America - Positions 66%
2011 Eagle Forum - Positions 40%
2011 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 54%
2011 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2011 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 52%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Summer-Fall) 55%
2011 The John Birch Society - Positions (Spring-Summer) 50%
2011 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 55%
2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 64%
2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 50%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 57%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 65%
2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 62%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 50%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 69%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 35%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 32%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 30%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 35%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 50%
2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 48%
2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 49%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 28%
2009 ConservAmerica - Positions 95
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 46%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 63%
2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 60%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 30%
2008 American Conservative Union - Positions 20%
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 51%
2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 15%
2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 18%
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 60
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 31%
2007-2008 ConservAmerica - Positions 105
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 36%
2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 33%
2007 ConservAmerica - Positions 104
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 35%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 23%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 52.8%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 30%
2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 48%
2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 29%
2006 ConservAmerica - Positions 79
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 44%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 46%
2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 47.2%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 56%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 78%
2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 32%
2005 ConservAmerica - Positions 67
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 50%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 46%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 46%
2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 47%
2004 American Conservative Union - Positions 68%
2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 31%
2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 80%
2004 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 80%
2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 68%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 43%
2003 American Conservative Union - Positions 35%
2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 78%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 44%
2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 60%
2003 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2003 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 49%
2002 American Conservative Union - Positions 55%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 42%
2002 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2002 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 54%
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 93%
2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 67%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 62%
2001 American Conservative Union - Positions 64%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 75%
2000 American Conservative Union - Positions 76%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 43%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 58%
1999 American Conservative Union - Positions 64%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 49%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 77%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 52%
1998 American Conservative Union - Positions 36%
1998 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 58%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 30%
1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 50%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50%
1997 American Conservative Union - Positions 48%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 33%

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