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Bernie Sanders' Ratings and Endorsements

Office: U.S. Senate (VT) - Jr, Independent Minority Caucus Chair for Outreach

On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for President

2020 Endorsements

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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.

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2013-2014
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2011-2012
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2009-2010
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2011
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2009-2010
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2007-2008
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2005-2006
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2000
33%
1995-1996
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1993-1994
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1994
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2015-2016
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2015
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2014
89%
2013-2014
89%
2013-2014
83%
2013
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2011-2012
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2011-2012
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2007-2008
14%
2001-2002
14%
2001-2002
75%
1991-1992
90%
2012
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2009-2010
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2009-2010
100
2007-2008
100
2007-2008
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2005-2006
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2005-2006
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2001-2002
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2001-2002
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1999-2000
92%
1999-2000
78%
1998
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1995
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1994
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1993
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2018
Fence Sitter
2002
Fence Sitter
2002
56%
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88%
2001-2002
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80%
2001-2002
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2015-2016
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2001-2002
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2013-2014
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2013-2014
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2013
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2011-2012
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2018
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2017
85%
2015-2016
86%
2015
87%
2013-2014
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2013
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2011-2012
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2011
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2009-2010
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2009
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2007-2008
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2005-2006
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1999-2000
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1993-1994
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2009-2010
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2007-2008
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2001-2002
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2009-2010
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2007-2008
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2001-2002
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1997-1998
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1995-1996
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2014
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2011-2012
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2001-2010
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2013
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2013
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2012
30%
2012
47%
2012
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2012
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2011
83%
2011
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2011
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2011
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2010
17%
2010
17%
2010
37%
2009
37%
2009
45%
2009
45%
2009
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2008
17.7%
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2008
6.3%
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6.3%
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13.5%
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13.5%
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