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2011 VOTE RATINGS

Senate Ratings

In the following list, senators are assigned separate scores for their roll-call votes on key economic, social, and foreign-policy issues during 2011. The senators are rated in each of the three issue categories on both liberal and conservative scales, with the scores on each scale given as percentiles. An economic score of 93 on the conservative scale, for example, means that the senator was more conservative than 93 percent of his or her Senate colleagues on the key votes in that issue area during 2011. An asterisk [*] means that the senator missed more than half of the rated votes in an issue area. Composite scores are calculated based on the issue-based scores. Members with the same composite scores are tied in rank.

(Key: Member Is More Liberal Than_Percent Of Senate On These Issues: Economic, Social, Foreign; Member Is More Conservative Than_Percent Of Senate On These Issues: Economic, Social, Foreign; Composite Score (Rank In Senate)/Liberal, Composite Score (Rank In Senate)/Conservative)

 

Member: Alabama

Jeff Sessions, R: 6, 12, 26, 93, 83, 71, 16.2 (89th), 83.8 (12th)

Richard Shelby, R: 22, 12, 32, 77, 83, 66, 23.3 (74th), 76.7 (26th) 

 


Member: Alaska

Mark Begich, D: 62, 52, 65, 36, 0, 33, 68.3 (42nd), 31.7 (59th)

Lisa Murkowski, R: 42, 46, 34, 57, 53, 65, 41.2 (57th), 58.8 (44th)

 

 

Member: Arizona

Jon Kyl, R: 12, 38, 6, 86, 60, 89, 20.2 (82nd), 79.8 (19th)

John McCain, R: 7, 40, 6, 92, 59, 89, 18.8 (85th), 81.2 (16th) 


Member: Arkansas

John Boozman, R: 19, 12, 29, 79, 83, 70, 21.3 (78th), 78.7 (22nd)

Mark Pryor, D: 53, 47, 50, 46, 51, 49, 50.7 (52nd), 49.3 (49th)

 

Member: California

Barbara Boxer, D: 81, 52, 92, 12, 0, 0, 85.5 (5th), 14.5 (92nd)

Dianne Feinstein, D: 81, 52, 76, 12, 0, 17, 80.0 (15th), 20.0 (85th)

 

Member: Colorado

Michael Bennet, D: 59, 52, 68, 40, 0, 26, 68.8 (40th), 31.2 (61st)

Mark Udall, D: 60, 52, 76, 39, 0, 17, 72.0 (30th), 28.0 (71st)

 

Member: Connecticut

Richard Blumenthal, D: 69, 52, 60, 25, 0, 39, 69.5 (37th), 30.5 (63rd)

Joe Lieberman, ID: 51, 52, 45, 48, 0, 54, 57.7 (51st), 42.3 (50th)

 

Member: Delaware

Thomas Carper, D: 64, 52, 68, 35, 0, 26, 70.5 (33rd), 29.5 (68th)

Christopher Coons, D: 69, 52, 83, 25, 0, 14, 77.5 (21st), 22.5 (80th)


Member: Florida

Bill Nelson, D: 56, 52, 55, 41, 0, 41, 63.5 (46th), 36.5 (55th)

Marco Rubio, R: 25, 0, 16, 74, 88, 79, 16.7 (88th), 83.3 (13th)


Member: Georgia

Saxby Chambliss, R: 21, 20, 26, 78, 78, 71, 23.3 (74th), 76.7 (26th)

Johnny Isakson, R: 18, 20, 37, 81, 78, 61, 25.8 (68th), 74.2 (33rd)


Member: Hawaii

Daniel Akaka, D: 88, 52, 87, 0, 0, 8, 86.5 (3rd), 13.5 (97th)

Daniel Inouye, D: 88, 52, 51, 0, 0, 48, 73.8 (26th), 26.2 (75th)

This article appears in the February 25, 2012 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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