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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2004 Conservative on Social Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Tom Petri 60%
Charles Pickering, Jr. 73%
Joe Pitts 91%
Todd Platts 65%
Richard Pombo 85%
Earl Pomeroy 37%
Jon Porter, Sr. 47%
Deborah Pryce 48%
Mark Pryor 42%
Adam Putnam 80%
George Radanovich 77%
Nick Rahall II 47%
James Ramstad 60%
Charlie Rangel 17%
Ralph Regula 67%
Denny Rehberg 85%
Harry Reid 41%
Richard Renzi 70%
Silvestre Reyes 33%
Thomas Reynolds 67%
Jay Rockefeller IV 38%
Mike Rogers 77%
Mike Ross 45%
Steve Rothman 25%
Jim Ryun 85%
Martin Olav Sabo 17%
Loretta Sanchez 19%
Rick Santorum 71%
Paul Sarbanes 0%
Jim Saxton 56%
John Shadegg 85%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 59%
Christopher Shays 38%
Donald Sherwood 66%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 43%
Ike Skelton 48%
Gordon Smith 56%
Olympia Snowe 48%
Vic Snyder 31%
Mark Souder 73%
Arlen Specter 56%
John Spratt, Jr. 37%
Pete Stark 0%
Cliff Stearns 91%
Ted Stevens 63%
Ted Strickland 29%
Bart Stupak 39%
John Sullivan 80%
John Sununu 66%
John Sweeney 58%
James Talent 84%
Tom Tancredo 81%
John Tanner 46%
Ellen Tauscher 19%
Charles Taylor 85%
Gene Taylor 77%
Lee Terry 58%
Craig Thomas 84%
William Thomas 59%
Todd Tiahrt 77%
John Tierney 0%
Ed Towns 18%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 0%
Mark Udall 25%
George Voinovich 53%
James Walsh 51%
Zach Wamp 85%
John Warner 47%
Diane Watson 0%
Mel Watt 0%
Henry Waxman 16%
Anthony Weiner 14%
David Weldon 83%
W. Curtis Weldon 54%
Gerald Weller 56%
Robert Wexler 14%
Ed Whitfield 81%
Heather Wilson 51%
Frank Wolf 57%
Lynn Woolsey 0%
David Wu 31%
Albert Wynn 29%
Bill Young 65%

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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