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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1996 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Edmond Spencer Abraham 28%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 92%
Rob Andrews 72%
Bill Archer 0%
Richard Armey 29%
John Ashcroft 0%
Henry Scott Baesler 65%
Richard Hugh Baker 14%
William Baker 21%
Cass Ballenger 14%
James Barcia 50%
Bob Barr, Jr. 0%
Bill Barrett 14%
Roscoe Bartlett 24%
Charlie Bass 46%
Herbert Bateman 29%
Max Baucus 63%
Anthony Beilenson 88%
Bob Bennett 32%
Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. 71%
Douglas Bereuter 40%
Howard Berman 88%
Tom Bevill 53%
Brian Bilbray 52%
Michael Bilirakis 14%
Jeff Bingaman 80%
Thomas Bliley, Jr. 0%
Peter Blute 49%
Sherwood Boehlert 68%
Kit Bond 0%
Henry Bonilla 46%
David Edward Bonior 69%
Sonny Bono 42%
Robert Borski, Jr. 63%
Rick Boucher 71%
Bill Bradley 82%
John Breaux 49%
Bill Brewster 30%
Glen Browder 49%
George Brown, Jr. 84%
Hank Brown 30%
Richard Bryan 60%
Ed Bryant 0%
John Bryant 78%
Dale Bumpers 74%
Jim Bunn 36%
Jim Bunning 0%
Conrad Burns 0%
Dan Burton 0%
Steve Buyer 14%
Robert Byrd 67%
Herbert Callahan 0%
Ben Campbell 51%
Thomas Campbell 71%
FL Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Canady 38%
Mike Castle 55%
John Chafee 63%
Jim Chapman 63%
Helen Chenoweth-Hage 35%
Jon Lynn Christensen 14%
Dick Chrysler 0%
William Clay, Sr. 88%
Eva Clayton 84%
Robert Clement 55%
William Clinger 44%
William Cohen 59%
Ronald Coleman 80%
Barbara-Rose Collins 88%
Cardiss Collins 88%
Michael Collins 0%
Larry Combest 0%
Gary Condit 53%
Kent Conrad 56%
Wes Cooley 0%
Jerry Costello 46%
Paul Coverdell 0%
Christopher Cox 0%
William Coyne 84%
Larry Craig 0%
Robert Cramer 60%
Philip Crane 24%
Frank Arnold Cremeans 0%
Barbara Cubin 29%
Randall Cunningham 0%
Alfonse D'Amato 38%
Patsy Ann Danner 42%
Thomas Daschle 80%
Thomas Davis III 53%
E. Kika de la Garza 50%
Thomas DeLay 0%
Ronald Dellums 88%
Peter Deutsch 70%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 49%
Jay Dickey 28%
Norm Dicks 72%
Julian Dixon 88%
Chris Dodd 80%
Robert Dole 23%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 33%
Calvin Dooley 75%
John Doolittle 24%
Robert Dornan 0%
David Dreier 0%
Jennifer Dunn 50%
Chet Edwards 66%
Vern Ehlers 50%
Bob Ehrlich, Jr. 45%
Bill Emerson 0%
Philip English 29%
John Ensign 38%
Lane Evans 75%
Terry Everett 0%
Thomas Ewing 0%
Jim Exon 50%
Duncan McLauchlin Faircloth 0%
Harris Fawell 50%
Victor Fazio 79%
Russ Feingold 92%
Cleo Fields 78%
Jack Fields, Jr. 0%
Bob Filner 84%
Floyd Flake 73%
Michael Patrick Flanagan 43%
Thomas Foglietta 82%
Mark Foley 49%
Michael Patrick Forbes 40%
Harold Ford, Sr. 72%
Wendell Ford 48%
Tillie Fowler 42%
Jon David Fox 53%
Barney Frank 88%
Gary Franks 57%
Robert Franks 61%
Dan Frisa 0%
William Frist 28%
Jonas Frost III 72%
David Funderburk 21%
Elizabeth Furse 79%
Elton Gallegly 14%
John Ganske 42%
Sam Gejdenson 88%
George Gekas 33%
Richard Andrew Gephardt 77%
Pete Geren 40%
Sam Gibbons 88%
Wayne Gilchrest 61%
Paul Gillmor 10%
Benjamin Gilman 70%
John Glenn 80%
Henry Gonzalez 75%
William Goodling 38%
Bart Gordon 55%
Slade Gorton 33%
Porter Goss 38%
Daniel Graham 70%
William Phillip Gramm 0%
Rodney Grams 0%
Enid Greene 28%
James Greenwood 68%
Steven Gunderson 55%
Gilbert Gutknecht 0%
Tony Hall 62%
Lee Hamilton 41%
Melton Hancock 0%
James Hansen 14%
Jane Harman 71%
J. Dennis Hastert 0%
Mark Hatfield 46%
James Hayes 41%
J.D. Hayworth, Jr. 35%
Joel Hefley 14%
W.G. Hefner 67%
Fredrick Kenneth Fred' Heineman 0%
Jesse Helms 0%
Wally Herger, Jr. 24%
Van Hilleary 10%
Earl Hilliard, Jr. 79%
Maurice Hinchey 73%
David Lee Hobson 39%
Pete Hoekstra 24%
Martin Hoke 38%
Thomas Holden 48%
Ernest Hollings 67%
Stephen Horn 65%
John Nathan Hostettler 33%
Amory Houghton, Jr. 61%
Duncan Hunter 14%
Kay Hutchison 0%
Henry Hyde 35%
Bob Inglis, Sr. 14%
Daniel Inouye 92%
Ernest Istook, Jr. 0%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
Andrew Jacobs, Jr. 65%
William Jefferson 75%
James Merrill Jeffords 62%
Nancy Johnson 67%
Harry Johnston 80%
J. Bennett Johnston 47%

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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