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Christopher Shays' 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.

34%
2003-2004
41%
2003
42%
2001-2002
42%
1999-2000
100%
2006
100%
2005
100%
2004
30%
2003
100%
2001
73%
2000
100%
1999
77%
1997
100%
1996
0%
2005-2006
27%
2003-2004
6%
2001-2002
5%
1999-2000
0%
1999
20%
1997-1998
25%
1997
0%
1996
90%
2001
91%
1999
80%
1995-2003
90%
1995-1998
82%
1993-1996
0%
2001
35%
2005-2006
80%
2000
36%
1999
40%
1995-1996
57%
1993-1994
85%
2007
62%
2001-2002
62%
2001-2002
30%
1991-1992
60%
2003-2004
60%
2003-2004
40%
2001-2002
40%
2001-2002
40%
1999-2000
40%
1999-2000
44%
1998
43%
1997
27%
1996
30%
1995
44%
1994
44%
1993
43%
2005-2006
43%
2005-2006
0%
2007
Fence Sitter
2002
Fence Sitter
2002
100%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2005
82%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2000
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003
100%
2003
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
48%
2008
48%
2008
45%
2008
45%
2008
52%
2008
52%
2008
54%
2008
54%
2008
52.8%
2008
52.8%
2008
52%
2008
52%
2008
47%
2008
47%
2008
52.3%
2007
52.3%
2007
52%
2007
52%
2007
51%
2007
51%
2007
49%
2007
49%
2007
46%
2007
46%
2007
54%
2007
54%
2007
47.7%
2007
47.7%
2007
48%
2007
48%
2007
40%
2006
40%
2006
47%
2006
47%
2006
52%
2006
52%
2006
60%
2006
60%
2006
45%
2006
45%
2006
55.7%
2006
55.7%
2006
54%
2006
54%
2006
44.3%
2006
44.3%
2006
44%
2005
44%
2005
46%
2005
46%
2005
46%
2005
46%
2005
53%
2005
53%
2005
54%
2005
54%
2005
53%
2005
53%
2005
47%
2005
47%
2005
55%
2005
55%
2005
47%
2004
47%
2004
53%
2004
53%
2004
38%
2004
38%
2004
61%
2004
61%
2004
55%
2004
55%
2004
44%
2004
44%
2004
48%
2003
48%
2003
54%
2003
54%
2003
45%
2003
45%
2003
51%
2003
51%
2003
41%
2003
41%
2003
54%
2003
54%
2003
58%
2003
58%
2003
46%
2003
46%
2003
59%
2002
59%
2002
51%
2002
51%
2002
54%
2002
54%
2002
49%
2002
49%
2002
51%
2002
51%
2002
40%
2002
40%
2002
45%
2002
45%
2002
47%
2002
47%
2002
61%
2001
61%
2001
56%
2001
56%
2001
37%
2001
37%
2001
40%
2001
40%
2001
45%
2001
45%
2001
63%
2001
63%
2001
52%
2000
52%
2000
37%
2000
37%
2000
53%
2000
53%
2000
62%
2000
62%
2000
48%
2000
48%
2000
45%
2000
45%
2000
59%
1999
59%
1999
56%
1999
56%
1999
34%
1999
34%
1999
40%
1999
40%
1999
43%
1999
43%
1999
66%
1999
66%
1999
65%
1998
65%
1998
34%
1998
34%
1998
53%
1998
53%
1998
53%
1998
53%
1998
47%
1998
47%
1998
45%
1998
45%
1998
58%
1996
58%
1996
41%
1996
41%
1996
48%
1996
48%
1996
72%
1996
72%
1996
27%
1996
27%
1996
51%
1996
51%
1996
33%
2003
67%
2007-2008
100
2007
75%
2007
75%
2007
0%
2006
0%
2006
100%
2005-2006
74%
2003
74%
2003
73%
2003-2004
86%
2001-2002
60%
2007
92%
2003-2004
92%
2003-2004
92%
2003
15%
2003-2004
15%
2003-2004
33%
2003
33%
2003
41%
2001-2002
41%
2001-2002
47%
1999-2000
47%
1999-2000
68%
1997-1998
68%
1997-1998
82%
1997
82%
1997
61%
1995-1996
61%
1995-1996
25%
2003-2004
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
0%
1997-1998
100%
2004
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
67
2007
25%
2006
13%
2005
14%
2004
50%
2003
50%
2006-2012
50%
2006-2012
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
88%
2003-2004
88%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
82%
1999
100%
1997-1998
100%
1997-1998
78%
1995-1996
78%
1995-1996
50%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
100%
2007
69%
1991-1992
94%
1995-1996
94%
1995-1996
34%
2003-2004
41%
2003
42%
2001-2002
42%
1999-2000
42%
2004
36%
2005-2006
43%
2003-2004
54%
2003
38%
2001-2002
62%
2000
50%
1997-1998
25%
1995-1996
100
2006
100
2006
87
2005
87
2005
14%
2006
14%
2006
27%
2005
27%
2005
53%
2004
53%
2004
42%
2003
42%
2003
53%
2002
53%
2002
47%
2001-2002
57%
2007-2008
43%
2005-2006
60%
1998-2002
30%
1997
36%
1996
54%
2005
64%
2003-2004
22%
2001-2002
86%
1999-2000
29%
2006
29%
2006
42%
2005
42%
2005
40%
2004
40%
2004
56%
2003
56%
2003
10%
2002
10%
2002
38%
2001
38%
2001
40%
2000
40%
2000
54%
1999
54%
1999
75%
1998
75%
1998
83%
1997
83%
1997
70%
1996
70%
1996
75%
1995
75%
1995
17%
2007
45%
2007
5%
2006
34%
2003-2004
41%
2003
42%
2001-2002
42%
1999-2000
53%
2000
97%
1999
63%
1998
82%
1997
74%
1996
64%
1995
67
2007
25%
2006
13%
2005
14%
2004
50%
2003
100%
2002
50%
2007
20%
2005-2006
20%
2005-2006
25%
2004
20%
2003
57%
2001-2002
57%
2001-2002
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
100%
1989-1990
15%
2003-2004
15%
2003-2004
33%
2003
33%
2003
41%
2001-2002
41%
2001-2002
47%
1999-2000
47%
1999-2000
68%
1997-1998
68%
1997-1998
82%
1997
82%
1997
61%
1995-1996
61%
1995-1996
100%
2001
100%
2000
94%
1995-1996
94%
1995-1996
100%
2001
100%
2000
90%
2003-2004
90%
2003-2004
88%
2003
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
100
2007
100%
2005
82%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
85%
2007
100%
2004
100
2006
100
2006
87
2005
87
2005
92%
2008
50%
2006-2012
50%
2006-2012