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Bernie Sanders' Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

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

On The Ballot: Campaign Suspended, Democratic for President

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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.

9%
2017
9%
2017
40%
2015-2016
40%
2015-2016
86%
2017-2018
94%
2015-2016
100%
2015
100%
2013-2014
75%
2011-2012
93%
2009-2010
93%
2007-2008
86
2007
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
93%
2001-2002
100%
2001
86%
2000
85%
1999
94%
1997-1998
100%
1997
100%
1996
100%
2004
0%
1999-2000
0%
1999-2000
78%
2011
100%
2010
100%
2009
100
2008
100
2007
100%
2005
100%
2004
100%
2003
100%
2015
67%
2013
50%
2012
0%
2006-2012
0%
2006-2012
0%
1997-1998
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015-2016
100%
2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2011-2012
100%
2011-2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
100%
2007-2008
100%
2007-2008
100%
2005-2006
100%
2005-2006
100%
2003-2004
100%
2003-2004
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001-2002
100%
2001
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999-2000
100%
1999
88%
1997-1998
88%
1997-1998
100%
1995-1996
100%
1995-1996
89%
2007
32%
2016
32%
2016
0%
2014
0%
2014
100%
1991-1992
100%
1991-1992
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