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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2000 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Jim Ryun 79%
Martin Olav Sabo 0%
Loretta Sanchez 10%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 41%
Rick Santorum 68%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Thomas Sawyer 6%
Jim Saxton 52%
Robert Schaffer 74%
John Shadegg 79%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 52%
Christopher Shays 37%
Donald Sherwood 64%
Ronnie Shows 71%
Joseph Skeen 74%
Ike Skelton 60%
Gordon Smith 51%
Nick Smith 64%
Bob Smith 90%
Olympia Snowe 46%
Vic Snyder 29%
Mark Souder 66%
Arlen Specter 46%
John Spratt, Jr. 41%
Pete Stark 0%
Cliff Stearns 79%
Charles Stenholm 68%
Ted Stevens 53%
Ted Strickland 37%
Bob Stump 79%
Bart Stupak 43%
John Sununu 79%
John Sweeney 50%
Tom Tancredo 68%
John Tanner 49%
Ellen Tauscher 24%
William Tauzin II 79%
Charles Taylor 79%
Gene Taylor 71%
Lee Terry 78%
Craig Thomas 81%
William Thomas 48%
Fred Thompson 60%
Karen Thurman 29%
Strom Thurmond 70%
Todd Tiahrt 79%
John Tierney 0%
Robert Torricelli 0%
Ed Towns 0%
James Traficant, Jr. 66%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 23%
James Turner 47%
Mark Udall 24%
David Vitter 79%
George Voinovich 60%
James Walsh 51%
Zach Wamp 74%
John Warner 57%
Wesley Watkins 79%
Mel Watt 15%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 79%
Henry Waxman 10%
Anthony Weiner 17%
David Weldon 79%
W. Curtis Weldon 68%
Gerald Weller 55%
Paul Wellstone 0%
Robert Wexler 14%
Ed Whitfield 71%
Heather Wilson 55%
Frank Wolf 62%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 26%
Albert Wynn 17%
Bill Young 74%

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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