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More Americans Back Alito’s Confirmation

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – More adults in the United States would like Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 39 per cent of respondents believe the Senate should confirm Alito’s nomination, up six points since early December.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – More adults in the United States would like Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 39 per cent of respondents believe the Senate should confirm Alito’s nomination, up six points since early December.

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 Senate. A vote for Alito’s nomination has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 20. 68 per cent of respondents believe it is very or somewhat likely that Alito will serve on the Supreme Court.

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.

On Jan. 13, Alito’s confirmation hearings wrapped up in Washington after five days. Republican Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter—the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman—defended the way the nominee dealt with the matter of abortion, saying, “Judge Alito went as far as he could on considerations on Roe.”

Polling Data

Should the Senate confirm Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court?

 

Jan. 12

Dec. 8

Nov. 7

Yes

39%

33%

34%

No

26%

25%

24%

Not sure

35%

42%

42%

How likely is it that Samuel Alito will be confirmed by the Senate and serve on the Supreme Court?

 

Jan. 12

Dec. 8

Nov. 7

Very likely

43%

32%

38%

Somewhat likely

25%

31%

30%

Not very likely

10%

14%

12%

Not at all likely

1%

2%

1%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, 2006. Margin of error is 4 per cent.

Original Story at Rasmussen Reports