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John Forbes Kerry's Ratings and Endorsements

Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic

Liberal

2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Composite Score) 71%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Foreign) 63%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2011 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 75%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 74%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 55%
2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 86%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 64%
2008 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 74%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2007 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 79.5%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 85%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 72%
2006 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 85.7%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 100%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 100%
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 72%
2005 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 87%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 25%
2003-2004 Democrats for Life of America - Positions 0%
2003-2004 Radical Middle - Positions 20%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 100%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 93%
2003 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 97%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2002 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 87%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95%
2001-2002 Radical Middle - Positions 45%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 96%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 74%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 70%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 86%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy 77%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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