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Following are Group Ratings by independent political groups, which are used to indicate politicians' stances on the issues. We report each group's rating using their own terminology; and we try to balance liberal groups against conservative groups. Votes which include "VoteMatch Usage" are scored as VoteMatch quiz responses. Those without a VoteMatch usage are included only on each candidate's main issues page.
Abortion
Rating group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
06n-NRLC
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance or (2) by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion or (3) by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 231
Republicans: 226
Independents: 2
03n-NARAL
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record or (2) by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion or (3) by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 248
Republicans: 275
Independents: 8
01-EL1
on Apr 11, 2001
Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Democrats: 58
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0

Civil Rights
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
06n-HRC
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance or (2) by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights or (3) by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 234
Republicans: 226
Independents: 3
06n-NAACP
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance or (2) by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action or (3) by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Democrats: 230
Republicans: 224
Independents: 2
03n-NAACP
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the NAACP, indicating a pro-minority advancement record or (2) by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on minority advancement or (3) by the NAACP, indicating an anti-minority advancement record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0
02n-ACLU
on Dec 31, 2002
(1) by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record or (2) by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record or (3) by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 227
Republicans: 236
Independents: 7

Corporations
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-COC
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record or (2) by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record or (3) by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 247
Republicans: 275
Independents: 8

Crime
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
05n-NCJA
on Dec 31, 2005
(1) by the NCJA, indicating a "soft-on-crime" stance or (2) by the NCJA, indicating a mixed record on criminal justice or (3) by the NCJA, indicating a "tough-on-crime" stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Democrats: 230
Republicans: 226
Independents: 2
00n-CURE
on Dec 31, 2000
(1) by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes or (2) by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation or (3) by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes Participating counts on VoteMatch question 9. Democrats: 208
Republicans: 206
Independents: 5

Drugs
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
06n-NORML
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance or (2) by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform or (3) by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Democrats: 188
Republicans: 180
Independents: 1
02n-HEMP
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record or (2) by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Democrats: 25
Republicans: 15
Independents: 4

Education
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-NEA
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes or (2) by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education or (3) by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes Participating counts on VoteMatch question 7. Democrats: 247
Republicans: 275
Independents: 8

Energy & Oil
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
06n-CAF
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence or (2) by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence or (3) by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 232
Republicans: 227
Independents: 2

Environment
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-LCV
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes or (2) by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment or (3) by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Democrats: 247
Republicans: 274
Independents: 8

Families & Children
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-CC
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record or (2) by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on families or (3) by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4. Democrats: 248
Republicans: 275
Independents: 8

Free Trade
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
02n-CATO
on Dec 31, 2002
(1) by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record or (2) by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues or (3) by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Democrats: 227
Republicans: 236
Independents: 7

Gun Control
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
02n-NRA
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record or (2) by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights or (3) by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Democrats: 198
Republicans: 243
Independents: 7

Health Care
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-APHA
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record or (2) by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues or (3) by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 5. Democrats: 247
Republicans: 275
Independents: 8

Homeland Security
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-SANE
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record or (2) by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues or (3) by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15. Democrats: 247
Republicans: 274
Independents: 8

Immigration
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
06n-USBC
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by USBC, indicating an open-border stance or (2) by USBC, indicating a mixed record on open borders or (3) by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 232
Republicans: 229
Independents: 2
03n-FAIR
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration or (2) by FAIR, indicating a mixed record on immigration issues or (3) by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Democrats: 193
Republicans: 219
Independents: 7

Jobs
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-AFLCIO
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record or (2) by the AFL-CIO, indicating a mixed record on union issues or (3) by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 248
Republicans: 275
Independents: 8

Principles & Values
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
06n-AU
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation or (2) by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation or (3) by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation Participating counts on VoteMatch question 4. Democrats: 229
Republicans: 227
Independents: 2
04n-CFG
on Sep 21, 2004
(1) by the Club for Growth, strong pro-growth & targeted race or (2) by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted or (3) by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 0
Republicans: 36
Independents: 1
04n-MOVE
on Sep 21, 2004
by MoveOn for moderate progressive principles (Not used in VoteMatch) Democrats: 3
Republicans: 0
Independents: 8
00-LCR0
on Nov 7, 2000
Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Democrats: 0
Republicans: 28
Independents: 1

Social Security
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
03n-ARA
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record or (2) by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues or (3) by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Democrats: 247
Republicans: 275
Independents: 8

Tax Reform
Endorsing group (click for details)Rating descriptionsVoteMatch UsageParticipants
06n-CTJ
on Dec 31, 2006
(1) by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation or (2) by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation or (3) by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 233
Republicans: 226
Independents: 2
03n-NTU
on Dec 31, 2003
(1) by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes or (2) by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes or (3) by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Democrats: 246
Republicans: 274
Independents: 8


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