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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Population Connection

1997-1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Nick Rahall II 0%
James Ramstad 100%
Charlie Rangel 100%
Ralph Regula 44%
Harry Reid 33%
Silvestre Reyes 100%
Bob Riley 0%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 100%
Charles Robb 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Timothy Roemer 33%
James Rogan 11%
William Roth, Jr. 40%
Steve Rothman 100%
Marge Roukema 100%
Jim Ryun 0%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Matt Salmon 0%
Loretta Sanchez 100%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 100%
Rick Santorum 0%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Thomas Sawyer 100%
Jim Saxton 11%
Joe Scarborough 0%
Robert Schaffer 0%
John Shadegg 0%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 67%
Christopher Shays 100%
E.G. Shuster 22%
Norman Sisisky 100%
Joseph Skeen 22%
Ike Skelton 0%
Gordon Smith 17%
Nick Smith 0%
Bob Smith 0%
Olympia Snowe 83%
Vic Snyder 100%
Mark Souder 0%
Arlen Specter 100%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 11%
John Spratt, Jr. 100%
Pete Stark 100%
Cliff Stearns 0%
Charles Stenholm 0%
Ted Stevens 83%
Ted Strickland 100%
Bob Stump 0%
Bart Stupak 22%
John Sununu 11%
James Talent 0%
John Tanner 100%
Ellen Tauscher 100%
William Tauzin II 0%
Charles Taylor 0%
Gene Taylor 0%
Craig Thomas 0%
William Thomas 89%
Fred Thompson 0%
Karen Thurman 100%
Strom Thurmond 0%
Todd Tiahrt 0%
John Tierney 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Ed Towns 100%
James Traficant, Jr. 11%
James Turner 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
James Walsh 11%
Zach Wamp 0%
John Warner 17%
Wesley Watkins 0%
Mel Watt 100%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 0%
Henry Waxman 100%
David Weldon 0%
W. Curtis Weldon 0%
Gerald Weller 11%
Paul Wellstone 100%
Robert Wexler 100%
Bob Weygand 50%
Ed Whitfield 0%
Heather Wilson 50%
Bob Wise, Jr. 100%
Frank Wolf 0%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Bill Young 0%

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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