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Michael Ferguson's Ratings and Endorsements

Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

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 issue 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.

With rare exceptions, Vote Smart displays interest group ratings as a 0-100 percentage. While many interest groups use percentages as ratings to begin with, please note that Vote Smart has translated some ratings to a percentage from a different rating system for consistency and ease in understanding. Please visit the group's website, email us at ratings@votesmart.org or call our Voter Information Hotline at 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

100%
2001
52%
2005-2006
83%
2007
57%
2001-2002
57%
2001-2002
20%
2003-2004
20%
2003-2004
40%
2001-2002
40%
2001-2002
5%
2005-2006
5%
2005-2006
0%
2007
Fence Sitter
2002
Fence Sitter
2002
78%
2003
100%
2001-2002
33%
2005
64%
2003-2004
60%
2001-2002
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
78%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
59%
2008
59%
2008
41%
2008
41%
2008
66%
2008
66%
2008
63.8%
2008
63.8%
2008
33%
2008
33%
2008
34%
2008
34%
2008
36%
2008
36%
2008
72%
2007
72%
2007
42%
2007
42%
2007
47%
2007
47%
2007
65.5%
2007
65.5%
2007
0%
2007
58%
2007
58%
2007
52%
2007
52%
2007
34.5%
2007
34.5%
2007
49%
2006
49%
2006
52.8%
2006
52.8%
2006
47.2%
2006
47.2%
2006
46%
2006
46%
2006
55%
2006
55%
2006
53%
2006
53%
2006
51%
2006
51%
2006
43%
2006
43%
2006
43%
2005
43%
2005
41%
2005
41%
2005
61%
2005
61%
2005
34%
2005
34%
2005
58%
2005
58%
2005
42%
2005
42%
2005
56%
2005
56%
2005
59%
2005
59%
2005
44%
2004
44%
2004
53%
2004
53%
2004
47%
2004
47%
2004
63%
2004
63%
2004
34%
2004
34%
2004
55%
2004
55%
2004
62%
2003
62%
2003
41%
2003
41%
2003
36%
2003
36%
2003
36%
2003
36%
2003
38%
2003
38%
2003
59%
2003
59%
2003
63%
2003
63%
2003
64%
2003
64%
2003
29%
2002
29%
2002
53%
2002
53%
2002
46%
2002
46%
2002
58%
2002
58%
2002
40%
2002
40%
2002
67%
2002
67%
2002
60%
2002
60%
2002
42%
2002
42%
2002
50%
2001
50%
2001
54%
2001
54%
2001
46%
2001
46%
2001
50%
2001
50%
2001
60%
2001
60%
2001
33%
2001
33%
2001
33%
2003
75%
2007-2008
100
2007
75%
2007
75%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2006
100%
2005-2006
87%
2003
87%
2003
91%
2003-2004
86%
2001-2002
60%
2007
83%
2003-2004
92%
2003-2004
92%
2003
0%
2004
60
2007
0%
2006
0%
2005
14%
2004
33%
2003
100%
2006-2012
100%
2006-2012
0%
2005-2006
0%
2005-2006
22%
2003-2004
22%
2003-2004
67%
2001-2002
67%
2001-2002
67%
2001
100%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
83%
2007
84%
2003-2004
94%
2003
84%
2001-2002
78%
2004
100%
2005-2006
95%
2003-2004
100%
2003
71%
2001-2002
100
2006
100
2006
46
2005
46
2005
57%
2006
57%
2006
73%
2005
73%
2005
63%
2004
63%
2004
88%
2003
88%
2003
67%
2002
67%
2002
11%
2007
11%
2007
40%
2007
27%
2006
0%
2005
40%
2004
29%
2004
43%
2003
40%
2002
58%
2001
12%
2001-2002
29%
2007-2008
29%
2005-2006
91%
1998-2002
23%
2005
18%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
14%
2006
14%
2006
33%
2005
33%
2005
0%
2004
0%
2004
11%
2003
11%
2003
0%
2002
0%
2002
25%
2001
25%
2001
17%
2007
45%
2007
16%
2006
84%
2003-2004
94%
2003
84%
2001-2002
75%
2001-2002
75%
2001-2002
0%
2007
0%
2005-2006
0%
2004
25%
2003
33%
2001-2002
33%
2001-2002
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003-2004
0%
2003
0%
2003
23%
2001-2002
23%
2001-2002
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003
100
2007
33%
2005
64%
2003-2004
60%
2001-2002
83%
2007
0%
2004
100
2006
100
2006
46
2005
46
2005
100%
2007
100%
2003
0%
2002
84%
2003-2004
94%
2003
84%
2001-2002
57%
2006
57%
2006
73%
2005
73%
2005
63%
2004
63%
2004
88%
2003
88%
2003
67%
2002
67%
2002
45%
2007
16%
2006
11%
2007
11%
2007
53%
2005-2006
78%
2003-2004
74%
2001-2002
47%
2006
55%
2005
48%
2004
62%
2003
55%
2002
58%
2001
43%
2005-2006
43%
2005-2006
36%
2007
30%
2005
70%
2005
50%
2005
45%
2004
70
2003
70
2003
70
2003
68
2002
68
2002
68
2002
63%
2001
64%
2003-2004
64%
2003-2004
71%
2001-2002
71%
2001-2002
55%
2001-2002
55%
2001-2002
2%
2007
44%
2006
17%
2005-2006
17%
2005-2006
12%
2001-2002
44%
2007-2008
88%
2005-2006
88%
2005-2006
88%
2003-2004
88%
2003-2004
88%
2001-2002
-9
2001-2002
0%
2007
0%
2005-2006
0%
2004
25%
2003
33%
2001-2002
33%
2001-2002
0%
2004
23%
2005
18%
2003-2004
0%
2001-2002
0%
2005
100%
2006-2012
100%
2006-2012
67%
2001-2002
67%
2001-2002