Voting record

Voting record

October 28, 2004 

Here are ratings of John Kerry's recent voting record in the Senate by interest groups in several categories. Where possible, the ratings are for 2002 because his voting record for 2003 and 2004, during his campaign for president, is incomplete. (Find more detail on Kerry's Senate voting record a www.vote-smart.org; click on current candidates, then on Kerry's name, then on voting record).

ABORTION

On votes that the pro-choice National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League considered the most important in 2003, Kerry voted the preferred position 100 percent of the time.

On votes that the National Right to Life Committee, which opposes abortion, considered to be the most important in 2001-2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 0 percent of the time.

AGRICULTURE

On votes that the National Farmers Union, a federation that represents farmers and ranchers in all states, considered to be the most important in 2001-2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 90 percent of the time.

BUDGET, SPENDING, TAXES

According to the National Taxpayers Union, Kerry, on all votes dealing with spending in 2002, voted to reduce or not increase spending 18 percent of the time. The NTU seeks to reduce government spending, cut taxes and protect the rights of taxpayers.

BUSINESS

On votes that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce considered the most important in 2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 55 percent of the time.

CIVIL LIBERTIES, CIVIL RIGHTS

On votes that the American Civil Liberties Union considered the most important in 2001-2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 60 percent of the time. On votes that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People considered the most important in 2001-2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 100 percent of the time.

EDUCATION

On votes that the National Education Association, the largest U.S. educators' union, considered most important in 2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 100 percent of the time.

ENVIRONMENT

On votes that the Sierra Club considered the most important in 2003, Kerry voted the preferred position 100 percent of the time.

GUNS

On votes that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence considered the most important during Kerry's entire Senate career, he has voted the preferred position 100 percent of the time. The Brady Campaign is "dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence" without banning all guns.

HEALTH

On votes that the American Public Health Association considered the most important in 2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 86 percent of the time. The APHA is concerned with issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke-free society and professional education in public health.

LABOR

On votes that the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest federation of labor unions, considered the most important in 2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 92 percent of the time.

SENIORS

On votes that the Alliance for Retired Americans considered the most important in 2002, Kerry voted the preferred position 100 percent of the time. The alliance works "to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security."

(PROJECT VOTE SMART)

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