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Voting Scores, Presidential Support, Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)

For decades, Congressional Quarterly (now CQ Roll Call) has tracked voting habits of members of the House and Senate. By analyzing the roll call votes of each member over the course of a full year, CQ is able to generate a value that reflects his/her frequency of voting (voting participation), alignment with party positions (party unity), and alignment with the stated legislative positions of the president (presidential support). While not a perfect indicator of ideology or attendance, these scores provide a powerful statistical indicator for comparing members and looking at trends over time.

Sample Assignments:

  • Identify how often a member sides with his or her party and the president.
  • Compare a member's voting record with their election record, interest group score, or district demographics.
  • Quickly compare over thirty years' worth of member voting data.
Example Shown: Voting Scores, Presidential Support, Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)

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