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Joe Donnelly, Sr.'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.

55%
2015-2016
7%
2013-2014
58%
2009-2010
63%
2009
70%
2007-2008
100%
2015
0%
2016
45%
2015
100%
2014
70%
2013
0%
2012
20%
2011
0%
2010
0%
2009
0%
2007
25%
2015-2016
25%
2015
33%
2014
20%
2013-2014
33%
2013
70%
2011-2012
71%
2011
83%
2009-2010
71%
2007-2008
100%
2015-2016
50%
2013-2014
33%
2011-2012
25%
2009-2010
83%
2014
64%
2011
50%
2009-2010
84%
2007-2008
60%
2015-2016
60%
2015-2016
80%
2015
50%
2014
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013
50%
2011-2012
50%
2011-2012
38%
2007-2008
29%
2015-2016
29%
2015-2016
40%
2013-2014
40%
2013-2014
17%
2011-2012
17%
2011-2012
100%
2009-2010
100%
2009-2010
66%
2007-2008
66%
2007-2008
66
2007-2008
66
2007-2008
60%
2015-2016
60%
2015-2016
80%
2015
50%
2014
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013
50%
2011-2012
50%
2011-2012
57%
2013-2014
33%
2007-2008
60%
2015-2016
17%
2007-2008
0%
2018
75%
2007
75%
2007
0%
2011
23%
2009
50%
2009-2010
100%
2013-2014
100%
2012-2013
100%
2009-2010
83%
2015-2016
68%
2015
50%
2013-2014
69%
2012
64%
2011-2012
56%
2009-2010
25%
2007-2008
60
2007-2008
0%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
0%
2011-2012
14%
2011
25%
2009-2010
60%
2007-2008
80%
2010
80%
2010
25%
2007-2008
25%
2007-2008
0%
2007
23%
2016
23%
2016
4%
2017
4%
2017
20%
2015-2016
20%
2015-2016
35%
2015-2016
46%
2015
86%
2013-2014
7%
2011-2012
20%
2011
44%
2009-2010
55%
2007-2008
50
2007
68%
2011
80
2008
100
2007
43%
2015
0%
2013
11%
2012
14%
2006-2012
14%
2006-2012
80%
2015-2016
80%
2015-2016
100%
2014
85%
2013-2014
85%
2013-2014
24%
2011-2012
24%
2011-2012
30%
2009-2010
30%
2009-2010
30%
2007-2008
30%
2007-2008
0%
2014
0%
2014
63%
2007-2008
24%
2017
12%
2016
26%
2016
17%
2015
12%
2014
29%
2014
16%
2013
32%
2013
35%
2012
58%
2012
28%
2011
30%
2011
25%
2010
30%
2010
32%
2009
24%
2009
28%
2008
44%
2007
17%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
25%
2015-2016
25%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
67%
2015
23%
2015
13%
2014
13%
2014
6%
2014
6%
2014
14%
2011-2012
14%
2011-2012
13%
2011-2012
13%
2011-2012
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
14%
2007-2008
14%
2007-2008
9%
2007
55%
2015-2016
7%
2013-2014
58%
2009-2010
63%
2009
70%
2007-2008
36%
2011-2012
33%
2011
47%
2009-2010
72%
2007-2008
8%
2016
0%
2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2013
0%
2013
50%
2012
50%
2012
53%
2011
53%
2011
33%
2010
33%
2010
40%
2009
40%
2009
30%
2008
30%
2008
82%
2007
82%
2007
27%
2009-2010
3%
2007
3%
2007
18%
2015-2016
2%
2014
23%
2011-2012
24%
2011
78%
2001-2010
78%
2001-2010
53%
2013
53%
2013
49%
2013
49%
2013
42%
2012
42%
2012
42%
2012
42%
2012
57%
2011
57%
2011
43%
2011
43%
2011
43%
2011
43%
2011
55%
2010
55%
2010
55%
2010
55%
2010
56%
2009
56%
2009
56%
2009
56%
2009
51.8%
2008
51.8%
2008
51%
2008
51%
2008
53%
2007
53%
2007
53%
2007
53%
2007
51%
2011-2012
22
2009-2010
51%
2009-2010
29%
2005-2006
37%
2012
28%
2015-2016
28%
2015-2016
45%
2015
23%
2014
20%
2014
13%
2013-2014
13%
2013-2014
40%
2013
32%
2011-2012
32%
2011-2012
40%
2011
30%
2011
10%
2010
18%
2009-2010
18%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009
20%
2009
20%
2009
25%
2007-2008
25%
2007-2008
40%
2007
100%
2017
100%
2016
86%
2015
100%
2014
100%
2013
50%
2012
68%
2011
51%
2011-2012
23%
2011-2012
24%
2009-2010
51%
2009-2010
22
2009-2010
51%
2009
48%
2007-2008
29%
2005-2006
13%
2013-2014
77%
2011-2012
87%
2009-2010
67%
2007-2008
50%
2011-2012
33%
2009-2010
37%
2007-2008
64%
2007
78%
2001-2010
78%
2001-2010
83%
2007
68%
2011
80
2008
100
2007
49%
2013
49%
2013
57%
2012
57%
2012
70%
2011-2012
36%
2007-2008
45%
2015-2016
45%
2015-2016
0%
2007
100%
2007
55%
2007-2008
57%
2013-2014
100
2007
0%
2014
45%
2017-2018
45%
2017-2018
31%
2013-2014
31%
2013-2014
43%
2015
0%
2013
11%
2012
60%
2009-2010
60%
2009-2010
0%
2007-2008
0%
2007-2008
55%
2015-2016
55%
2015-2016
75%
2015
0%
2014
57%
2013
11%
2011-2012
11%
2011-2012
33%
2011
67%
2009
100%
2008
60%
2015-2016
60%
2015-2016
80%
2015
50%
2014
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013-2014
50%
2013
50%
2011-2012
50%
2011-2012
14%
2006-2012
14%
2006-2012
71%
2018
67%
2017-2018
59%
2017
63%
2017
76%
2016
58%
2016
71%
2015-2016
65%
2015
54%
2014
67%
2013-2014
69%
2013
54%
2013
29%
2012
53%
2012
36%
2011-2012
62%
2011
43%
2011
74%
2010
70%
2010
75%
2009-2010
79%
2009
73%
2007-2008
85%
2007
100%
2013-2014
100%
2011-2012
14%
2008-2011
14%
2008-2011
100%
2014
17%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
25%
2015-2016
25%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
23%
2015
67%
2015
6%
2014
6%
2014
13%
2014
13%
2014
14%
2011-2012
14%
2011-2012
13%
2011-2012
13%
2011-2012
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
14%
2007-2008
14%
2007-2008
9%
2007
15%
2007
16%
2012
16%
2012
13%
2011
13%
2011
11%
2010
11%
2010
14%
2009
14%
2009
11%
2008
11%
2008
10%
2007
10%
2007
3%
2007
3%
2007
18%
2015-2016
2%
2014
23%
2011-2012
24%
2011
23%
2009
42%
2011
42%
2011
48%
2010
48%
2010
51%
2010
51%
2010
53%
2009
53%
2009
50%
2008
50%
2008
51%
2007
51%
2007
0%
2013-2014
37%
2011-2012
15%
2009-2010
13%
2007-2008
30%
2016
24%
2015
13%
2013
40%
2012
28%
2011
21%
2009
F
2008
F
2007
10%
2013
23%
2013
37%
2013
7%
2009
30%
2009
12%
2007
41%
2007
11%
2018
12%
2017
13%
2017
15%
2016
12%
2016
12%
2015
9%
2015
6%
2013
13%
2013
9%
2011