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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
48%
2013
48%
2013
52%
2013
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2013
52%
2013
52%
2013
47%
2013
47%
2013
45%
2013
45%
2013
49%
2013
49%
2013
49%
2013
49%
2013
57%
2012
57%
2012
58%
2012
58%
2012
42%
2012
42%
2012
58%
2012
58%
2012
42%
2012
42%
2012
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2012
41%
2012
43%
2012
43%
2012
58%
2012
58%
2012
44%
2011
44%
2011
43%
2011
43%
2011
43%
2011
43%
2011
56%
2011
56%
2011
42%
2011
42%
2011
57%
2011
57%
2011
57%
2011
57%
2011
58%
2011
58%
2011
48%
2010
48%
2010
57%
2010
57%
2010
55%
2010
55%
2010
55%
2010
55%
2010
42%
2010
42%
2010
51%
2010
51%
2010
45%
2010
45%
2010
45%
2010
45%
2010
42%
2009
42%
2009
43%
2009
43%
2009
44%
2009
44%
2009
53%
2009
53%
2009
56%
2009
56%
2009
47%
2009
47%
2009
57%
2009
57%
2009
56%
2009
56%
2009
48%
2008
48%
2008
46%
2008
46%
2008
48%
2008
48%
2008
48%
2008
48%
2008
51%
2008
51%
2008
51.8%
2008
51.8%
2008
50%
2008
50%
2008
52%
2008
52%
2008
51%
2007
51%
2007
47%
2007
47%
2007
53%
2007
53%
2007
46%
2007
46%
2007
46%
2007
46%
2007
54%
2007
54%
2007
53%
2007
53%
2007
48%
2007
48%
2007
100%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
25%
2016
70%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
23%
2015
67%
2015
6%
2014
13%
2014
13%
2011-2012
13%
2011-2012
14%
2011-2012
14%
2011-2012
20%
2009-2010
20%
2009-2010
14%
2007-2008
14%
2007-2008
9%
2007
0%
2014
0%
2014
57%
2013-2014
33%
2007-2008
100
2007
0%
2017-2018
75%
2007
75%
2007
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
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
0%
2013-2014
0%
2011-2012
14%
2011
25%
2009-2010
60%
2007-2008
80%
2010
80%
2010
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015-2016
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
23%
2016
23%
2016
4%
2017
4%
2017
20%
2015-2016
20%
2015-2016
23%
2016
23%
2016
68%
2011
80
2008
100
2007
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
100%
2007
67%
2007
50%
2007
50%
2007
0%
2014
0%
2014
63%
2007-2008
0%
2018
0%
2018
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
0%
2014
23%
2011-2012
24%
2011
78%
2001-2010
78%
2001-2010
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2010
0%
2014
0%
2014
28%
2015-2016
28%
2015-2016
45%
2015
20%
2014
23%
2014
13%
2013-2014
13%
2013-2014
40%
2013
32%
2011-2012
32%
2011-2012
30%
2011
40%
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
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2007
50
2007
20
2013-2014
51%
2011-2012
23%
2011-2012
51%
2009-2010
22
2009-2010
24%
2009-2010
51%
2009
48%
2007-2008
20%
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
25%
2013
25%
2013
26%
2012
26%
2012
4%
2011
4%
2011
25%
2010
25%
2010
31%
2009
31%
2009
40%
2008
40%
2008
27%
2007
27%
2007
83%
2007
0%
2011
17%
2017-2018
17%
2017-2018
25%
2016
70%
2015-2016
70%
2015-2016
67%
2015
23%
2015
13%
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
68%
2011
80
2008
100
2007
0%
2014
0%
2014
70%
2011-2012
75%
2007
0%
2012
0%
2011
0%
2009-2010
25%
2007-2008
25%
2007-2008
0%
2007
23%
2016
23%
2016
100%
2015-2016
100%
2015-2016
100%
2013-2014
100%
2013-2014
97%
2009
97%
2009
45%
2015-2016
45%
2015-2016
0%
2007
55%
2007-2008
57%
2013-2014
33%
2007-2008
100
2007
45%
2017-2018
45%
2017-2018
31%
2013-2014
31%
2013-2014
55%
2015-2016
55%
2015-2016
75%
2015
0%
2014
57%
2013
11%
2011-2012
11%
2011-2012
33%
2011
67%
2009