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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Population Connection

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Silvestre Reyes 63%
Thomas Reynolds 11%
Jay Rockefeller IV 80%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Mike Rogers 11%
Mike Ross 44%
Steve Rothman 100%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Loretta Sanchez 89%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 78%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Jim Saxton 44%
Edward Schrock 0%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 22%
Christopher Shays 100%
Donald Sherwood 11%
Robert Ruhl Simmons 89%
Ike Skelton 44%
Gordon Smith 0%
Nick Smith 22%
Olympia Snowe 40%
Vic Snyder 67%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 40%
John Spratt, Jr. 89%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Charles Stenholm 22%
Ted Stevens 25%
Ted Strickland 100%
Bart Stupak 56%
John Sullivan 0%
John Sununu 25%
John Sweeney 33%
Tom Tancredo 0%
John Tanner 67%
Ellen Tauscher 89%
William Tauzin II 11%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 25%
Lee Terry 0%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 57%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 100%
Ed Towns 88%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 100%
James Turner 67%
Mark Udall 100%
David Vitter 0%
George Voinovich 0%
James Walsh 22%
Zach Wamp 0%
John Warner 20%
Diane Watson 100%
Mel Watt 100%
Henry Waxman 100%
Anthony Weiner 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 25%
Gerald Weller 11%
Robert Wexler 89%
Ed Whitfield 0%
Heather Wilson 11%
Frank Wolf 0%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
David Wu 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Bill Young 11%

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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