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Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements

Conservative

2010 American Conservative Union - Positions 0%
2010 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 42%
2010 Eagle Forum - Positions 0%
2010 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 0%
2010 National Journal - Conservative Composite Score 25%
2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (May 2010 - September 2010) 0%
2009-2010 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 12%
2009-2010 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 29%
2009-2010 Concerned Women for America - Positions 19%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (November 2009 - June 2010) 11%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Session) 13%
2009-2010 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2010 17%
2009 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 44%
2009 American Conservative Union - Positions 20%
2009 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 35%
2009 ConservAmerica - Positions 60
2009 Eagle Forum - Positions 29%
2009 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 54%
2009 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 57%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (June 2009 - November 2009) 10%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (Full Year) 20%
2009 The John Birch Society - Positions (January 2009 - June 2009) 30%
2008 American Conservative Union - Positions 42%
2008 Eagle Forum - Positions 28%
2008 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 60%
2008 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 55.2%
2007-2009 The New American - Positions on Conservative Issues 28%
2007-2008 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 50%
2007-2008 Campaign for Working Families - Positions on Conservative Issues 53
2007-2008 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25%
2007-2008 ConservAmerica - Positions 62
2007-2008 The John Birch Society - Positions 28%
2007 American Conservative Union - Positions 40%
2007 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 58%
2007 ConservAmerica - Positions 64
2007 Eagle Forum - Positions 23%
2007 GOPUSA - Positions 16%
2007 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 57%
2007 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 54.5%
2007 The John Birch Society - Conservative Index Score 40%
2006 American Conservative Union - Positions 43%
2006 Americans for Prosperity - Positions 0%
2006 ConservAmerica - Positions 0
2006 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2006 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 49%
2006 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 47.5%
2006 The John Birch Society - Positions 28%
2005-2006 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 61%
2005-2006 Concerned Women for America - Positions 88%
2005 American Conservative Union - Positions 63%
2005 ConservAmerica - Positions 20
2005 Eagle Forum - Positions 25%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 44%
2005 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 48%
2005 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 47%
2004 American Conservative Union - Positions 75%
2004 Christian Action Network - Lifetime Score 77%
2004 Eagle Forum - Positions 80%
2004 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 48%
2004 The John Birch Society - Positions (Fall) 67%
2003-2004 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 82%
2003-2004 Concerned Women for America - Positions 79%
2003 American Conservative Union - Positions 65%
2003 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 86%
2003 Concerned Women for America - Positions 89%
2003 Eagle Forum - Positions 80%
2003 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2003 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 50%
2002 American Conservative Union - Positions 50%
2002 Eagle Forum - Positions 42%
2002 National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 52%
2002 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2002 The John Birch Society - Positions 15%
2001-2010 Keep America Safe - Positions 68%
2001-2002 Campaign for Working Families - Positions 67%
2001-2002 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50%
2001 American Conservative Union - Positions 56%
2001 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 41%
2001 The John Birch Society - Positions 65%
2000 American Conservative Union - Positions 62%
2000 Concerned Women for America - Positions 71%
2000 National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy Score 83%
2000 The John Birch Society - Positions 48%
1999 American Conservative Union - Positions 48%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy Score 45%
1999 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 49%
1999 The John Birch Society - Positions 35%
1998 American Conservative Union - Positions 33%
1998 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 49%
1998 The John Birch Society - Positions 53%
1997-1998 60 Plus Association - Positions 40%
1997-1998 Concerned Women for America - Positions 25%
1997 American Conservative Union - Positions 32%
1997 The John Birch Society - Positions 25%
1996 American Conservative Union - Positions 50%
1996 National Journal - Conservative on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 51%
1995-1996 60 Plus Association - Positions 71%
1995-1996 Concerned Women for America - Positions 50%
1995-1996 The John Birch Society - Positions 46%
1995 American Conservative Union - Lifetime Score 37%
1995 American Conservative Union - Positions 36%
1994 American Conservative Union - Positions 46%
1993 American Conservative Union - Positions 57%

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