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(01/25/06) -

American Majority Wants Alito in Supreme Court

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – More adults in the United States think Samuel Alito is a good candidate for the Supreme Court, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 54 per cent of respondents would like to see the Senate confirm Alito’s nomination, up five points since early January.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – More adults in the United States think Samuel Alito is a good candidate for the Supreme Court, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 54 per cent of respondents would like to see the Senate confirm Alito’s nomination, up five points since early January.

In October, U.S. president George W. Bush nominated U.S. Court of Appeals judge Alito to the Supreme Court. Bush had originally selected Harriet Miers to replace retiring justice Sandra Day O’Connor, but she withdrew her nomination.

In the U.S., Supreme Court justices are appointed for life by the president and confirmed by a majority vote in the upper house.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8—strictly along party lines—to send Alito’s nomination to the Senate for full approval. 48 per cent of respondents believe the Democratic Party’s senators would be unjustified in resorting to a filibuster to prevent an up-or-down vote for Alito’s confirmation.

Last month, a legal memorandum showed that Alito apparently favours overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling. In 1992, Day O’Connor voted against rescinding the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. Alito has said the document reflects his role as a lawyer, and not the way he would vote on specific issues if and when he joins the Supreme Court.

Polling Data

As you may know, Samuel Alito is the federal judge nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favour of Alito serving on the Supreme Court, or not?

 

Jan. 22

Jan. 8

Dec. 11

Yes

54%

49%

49%

No

30%

30%

29%

No opinion

16%

21%

22%

Suppose all or most of the Democrats in the Senate oppose Alito’s nomination. Do you think they would be justified—or not justified—in using Senate procedures, such as the filibuster, to prevent an up-or-down vote on his nomination?

Justified

38%

Not justified

48%

No opinion

15%

Source: Gallup / CNN / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,006 American adults, conducted from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.