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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

1998 Liberal on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
John Peterson 29%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 0%
Owen Pickett 59%
Richard Pombo 21%
Earl Pomeroy 60%
John Edward Porter 58%
Deborah Pryce 50%
Jack Quinn 43%
George Radanovich 13%
James Ramstad 48%
Ralph Regula 38%
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Bob Riley 3%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 81%
Charles Robb 63%
Ciro Rodriguez 73%
Timothy Roemer 50%
James Rogan 11%
William Roth, Jr. 49%
Steve Rothman 76%
Marge Roukema 45%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 78%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 57%
Rick Santorum 24%
Paul Sarbanes 74%
Jim Saxton 47%
Joe Scarborough 3%
Robert Schaffer 21%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 50%
Christopher Shays 65%
E.G. Shuster 31%
Norman Sisisky 59%
Joseph Skeen 41%
Ike Skelton 42%
Gordon Smith 39%
Nick Smith 38%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 50%
Vic Snyder 65%
Mark Souder 29%
Arlen Specter 59%
Floyd Spence 14%
John Spratt, Jr. 60%
Pete Stark 93%
Cliff Stearns 3%
Charles Stenholm 36%
Ted Stevens 52%
Ted Strickland 64%
Bob Stump 21%
Bart Stupak 53%
John Sununu 26%
James Talent 26%
John Tanner 47%
Ellen Tauscher 73%
William Tauzin 31%
Charles Taylor 14%
Gene Taylor 32%
Craig Thomas 24%
William Thomas 52%
Fred Thompson 28%
Karen Thurman 73%
Strom Thurmond 31%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
Robert Torricelli 74%
Ed Towns 84%
James Traficant, Jr. 42%
James Turner 48%
Bruce Vento 78%
James Walsh 43%
Zach Wamp 21%
John Warner 42%
Wesley Watkins 21%
Mel Watt 93%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 38%
David Weldon 14%
W. Curtis Weldon 36%
Gerald Weller 29%
Paul Wellstone 74%
Robert Wexler 81%
Bob Weygand 62%
Bob Wise, Jr. 77%
Lynn Woolsey 85%
Albert Wynn 79%
Bill Young 21%

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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