THE BLOG
10/25/2008 04:43 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How Liberal is Obama?

There is no one way to judge this, but the Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) rating is a one well established metric. According to the ADA, in 2007, Senator Obama was one of four Senators with a score of 75%, making him tied for the 44th most liberal Senator. The other Senators with a 75% ranking were Senators Bidden, Clinton and Ben Nelson. Senator Lieberman had a score of 70%, and with Senators Dodd and Pryor, tied for 48th most liberal. With a 10% score, Senator McCain's was tied for 83rd most liberal.

Senator

ADA Score

1

Casey_(D)

100.00%

1

Klobuchar_(D)

100.00%

1

Stabenow_(D)

100.00%

4

Akaka_(D)

95.00%

4

Bayh_(D)

95.00%

4

Brown,S._(D)

95.00%

4

Cantwell_(D)

95.00%

4

Cardin_(D)

95.00%

4

Durbin_(D)

95.00%

4

Feingold_(D)

95.00%

4

Harkin_(D)

95.00%

4

Kohl_(D)

95.00%

4

Leahy_(D)

95.00%

4

Levin,C._(D)

95.00%

4

Menendez_(D)

95.00%

4

Reed,J._(D)

95.00%

4

Sanders(I)

95.00%

4

Tester_(D)

95.00%

4

Whitehouse_(D)

95.00%

4

Wyden_(D)

95.00%

21

Bingaman_(D)

90.00%

21

Feinstein_(D)

90.00%

21

Inouye_(D)

90.00%

21

Kerry_(D)

90.00%

21

Lautenberg_(D)

90.00%

21

Lincoln_(D)

90.00%

21

McCaskill_(D)

90.00%

21

Murray_(D)

90.00%

21

Nelson,Bill_(D)

90.00%

21

Schumer_(D)

90.00%

31

Carper_(D)

85.00%

31

Dorgan_(D)

85.00%

31

Kennedy,E._(D)

85.00%

31

Mikulski_(D)

85.00%

31

Reid,H._(D)

85.00%

31

Rockefeller_(D)

85.00%

31

Salazar,K._(D)

85.00%

31

Webb_(D)

85.00%

39

Baucus,M._(D)

80.00%

39

Boxer_(D)

80.00%

39

Byrd_(D)

80.00%

39

Conrad_(D)

80.00%

39

Landrieu_(D)

80.00%

44

Biden_(D)

75.00%

44

Clinton_(D)

75.00%

44

Nelson,Ben_(D)

75.00%

44

Obama_(D)

75.00%

48

Dodd_(D)

70.00%

48

Lieberman(I)

70.00%

48

Pryor_(D)

70.00%

51

Snowe_(R)

60.00%

51

Specter_(R)

60.00%

53

Collins_(R)

55.00%

53

Smith,G._(R)

55.00%

55

Coleman_(R)

50.00%

56

Lugar_(R)

45.00%

57

Johnson,Tim_(D)

40.00%

58

Warner_(R)

35.00%

59

Grassley_(R)

30.00%

59

Hagel_(R)

30.00%

59

Hatch_(R)

30.00%

59

Murkowski_(R)

30.00%

63

Bond_(R)

25.00%

63

Domenici_(R)

25.00%

63

Stevens_(R)

25.00%

63

Voinovich_(R)

25.00%

67

Alexander,L._(R)

20.00%

67

Corker_(R)

20.00%

67

Graham_(R)

20.00%

67

Hutchison_(R)

20.00%

67

Martinez_(R)

20.00%

67

Roberts_(R)

20.00%

67

Shelby_(R)

20.00%

67

Thune_(R)

20.00%

75

Bennett_(R)

15.00%

75

Cochran_(R)

15.00%

75

Cornyn_(R)

15.00%

75

Craig_(R)

15.00%

75

Crapo_(R)

15.00%

75

Dole_(R)

15.00%

75

Lott_(R)

15.00%

75

Sununu_(R)

15.00%

83

Allard_(R)

10.00%

83

Barrasso_(R)

10.00%

83

Bunning_(R)

10.00%

83

Chambliss_(R)

10.00%

83

Enzi_(R)

10.00%

83

Gregg_(R)

10.00%

83

Inhofe_(R)

10.00%

83

Isakson_(R)

10.00%

83

McCain_(R)

10.00%

83

McConnell_(R)

10.00%

83

Sessions,J._(R)

10.00%

83

Vitter_(R)

10.00%

95

Brownback_(R)

5.00%

95

Coburn_(R)

5.00%

95

Kyl_(R)

5.00%

98

Burr_(R)

0.00%

99

DeMint_(R)

0.00%

100

Ensign_(R)

0.00%