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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2002 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Steve Rothman 19%
Jim Ryun 75%
Martin Olav Sabo 3%
Loretta Sanchez 28%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 37%
Rick Santorum 60%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Jim Saxton 63%
Edward Schrock 75%
John Shadegg 75%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 63%
Christopher Shays 40%
Donald Sherwood 75%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 40%
Ike Skelton 50%
Gordon Smith 51%
Nick Smith 57%
Olympia Snowe 54%
Vic Snyder 35%
Mark Souder 61%
Arlen Specter 56%
John Spratt, Jr. 35%
Pete Stark 0%
Cliff Stearns 75%
Charles Stenholm 54%
Ted Stevens 55%
Ted Strickland 40%
Bart Stupak 48%
John Sullivan 75%
John Sweeney 52%
Tom Tancredo 71%
John Tanner 48%
Ellen Tauscher 29%
William Tauzin II 75%
Charles Taylor 75%
Gene Taylor 57%
Lee Terry 63%
Craig Thomas 62%
William Thomas 48%
Todd Tiahrt 75%
John Tierney 8%
Ed Towns 3%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 2%
James Turner 42%
Mark Udall 6%
George Voinovich 58%
James Walsh 56%
Zach Wamp 63%
John Warner 62%
Diane Watson 17%
Mel Watt 0%
Henry Waxman 6%
Anthony Weiner 19%
David Weldon 75%
W. Curtis Weldon 52%
Gerald Weller 75%
Robert Wexler 19%
Ed Whitfield 75%
Heather Wilson 57%
Frank Wolf 63%
Lynn Woolsey 8%
David Wu 34%
Albert Wynn 29%
Bill Young 75%

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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