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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Council for a Livable World

1996 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
AL U.S. Senate Sr Richard Shelby Republican 0%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 9%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 64%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 91%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 36%
IN U.S. Senate Sr Dan Coats Republican 9%
KY U.S. Senate Sr Mitch McConnell Republican 0%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 91%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 9%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 82%
NA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Democratic 82%
NV U.S. Senate Sr Harry Reid Democratic 82%
OH Attorney General Mike DeWine Republican 0%
OK U.S. Senate Sr Jim Inhofe Republican 0%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 91%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 0%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 100%
WA U.S. Senate Sr Patty Murray Democratic 100%
Edmond Spencer Abraham 9%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 91%
John Ashcroft 0%
Max Baucus 82%
Bob Bennett 9%
Jeff Bingaman 82%
Kit Bond 9%
Bill Bradley 85%
John Breaux 27%
Hank Brown 31%
Richard Bryan 82%
Dale Bumpers 55%
Conrad Burns 0%
Robert Byrd 73%
Ben Campbell 9%
John Chafee 18%
William Cohen 8%
Kent Conrad 91%
Paul Coverdell 9%
Larry Craig 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 9%
Thomas Daschle 100%
Chris Dodd 55%
Robert Dole 8%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 9%
Byron Dorgan 82%
Jim Exon 77%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
Russ Feingold 91%
Wendell Ford 55%
William Frist 9%
John Glenn 91%
Slade Gorton 9%
Daniel Graham 82%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 9%
Judd Gregg 9%
Tom Harkin 91%
Mark Hatfield 100%
Jesse Helms 0%
Ernest Hollings 55%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Daniel Inouye 45%
James Merrill Jeffords 91%
J. Bennett Johnston 62%
Nancy Landon Kassebaum 38%
Dirk Kempthorne 0%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 100%
Bob Kerrey 82%
Herb Kohl 91%
Jon Kyl 0%
Frank Lautenberg 91%
Carl Levin 91%
Joe Lieberman 55%
Trent Lott, Sr. 0%
Dick Lugar 9%
Connie Mack 0%
Carol Moseley Braun 100%
Patrick Moynihan 91%
Frank Murkowski 9%
Don Nickles 0%
Sam Nunn 23%
Clay Pell, Jr. 85%
Larry Pressler 15%
David Pryor 77%
Charles Robb 45%
Jay Rockefeller IV 82%
William Roth, Jr. 9%
Rick Santorum 9%
Paul Sarbanes 91%
Paul Simon 92%
Alan Simpson 23%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 18%
Arlen Specter 36%
Ted Stevens 18%
Craig Thomas 9%
Fred Thompson 9%
Strom Thurmond 9%
John Warner 9%
Paul Wellstone 100%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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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