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Arlen Specter

Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Liberal

Full Name: Arlen Specter

Liberal

2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2010 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 65%
2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 75%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 9
2009-2010 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Regressive Action Score 9
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009-2010 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 100%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 64%
2009 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 64%
2009 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 90%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 42%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 41%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 44%
2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 43%
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 45%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2008 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2008 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 45%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 39%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 42%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 52%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
2008 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 90%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Right Wing Index Score 50%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 17%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Right Wing Index Score 50%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 25%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Oath of Office Score 17%
2007-2008 Irregular Times/Progressive Patriots/That's My Congress - Progressive Action Score 25%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 60%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 60%
2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 100%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 48%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 42%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 45%
2007 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 45.5%
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 52
2007 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions on Social Justice and Peace 52
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 30%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 30%
2006 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 50%
2006 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 52.5%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 50%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 50%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 56%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 62%
2006 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 62%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 50%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 50%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2005 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 20%
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 35%
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 35%
2005 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 53%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 52%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 55%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 51%
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 45%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
2004 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 51%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 49%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 42%
2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 29%
2004 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 29%
2003-2004 Radical Middle - Positions 15%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 25%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 25%
2003 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 21%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 15%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 15%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 52%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 49%
2003 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 50%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 46%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 20%
2003 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 20%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 35%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 35%
2002 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 49%
2002 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 43%
2002 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 49%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
2002 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 33%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 45%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 45%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 38%
2001-2002 People for the American Way - Positions 38%
2001-2002 Radical Middle - Positions 15%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2001 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 0%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 33%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 33%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 58%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 57%
2000 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
2000 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 90%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 49%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 16%
2000 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 54%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 82%
2000 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 82%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
1999 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 40%
1999 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 65%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 53%
1999 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 54%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 36%
1999 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 36%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
1998 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 45%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 59%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 52%
1998 National Journal - Liberal on Defense/Foreign Policy Score 50%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 77%
1998 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 77%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 50%
1997-1998 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 50%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
1997 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 70%
1997 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 65%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
1996 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 50%
1996 NARAL Pro-Choice America - Positions 66%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy Score 59%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 50%
1996 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign\Defense Policy 47%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 53%
1996 NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby - Positions 53%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 30%
1995-1996 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 30%
1995 The Libertarian Party - Positions 70%
1995 The Libertarian Party - Positions 70%
1995 The Libertarian Party - Positions 70%

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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