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(01/11/06) -

Stable Backing for U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Most adults in the United States believe Samuel Alito should join the Supreme Court, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 49 per cent of respondents would like to see the Senate vote in favour of Alito’s confirmation.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Most adults in the United States believe Samuel Alito should join the Supreme Court, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 49 per cent of respondents would like to see the Senate vote in favour of Alito’s confirmation.

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. 24 per cent of respondents think Alito is too conservative, eight per cent believe he is too liberal, and 48 per cent describe him as “about right.”

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. 52 per cent of respondents believe Alito’s views on important issues are in the mainstream, while 30 per cent deem them too extreme.

Yesterday, in the second day of his confirmation hearings in Washington, Alito discussed the issue of presidential powers, saying, “The Constitution applies in times of peace and war. The Bill of Rights applies at all times.”

Earlier this month, vice-president Dick Cheney defined a secret domestic electronic surveillance program as “fully consistent with the constitutional responsibilities and legal authority of the president and with the civil liberties of the American people.”

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. 2006

Dec. 2005

Nov. 2005

Yes

49%

49%

50%

No

30%

29%

25%

No opinion

21%

22%

25%

From what you know about Samuel Alito, as a Supreme Court Justice, do you think he would be too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?

Too liberal

8%

Too conservative

24%

About right

48%

No opinion

20%

Based on what you have heard or read about him, do you think Alito’s views on important issues are in the mainstream or do you think they are too extreme?

Mainstream

52%

Too extreme

30%

No opinion

19%

Source: Gallup / CNN / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,003 American adults (First Question), 498 American adults (Second Question), and 505 American adults (Third Question), conducted from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8, 2005. Margins of error are 3 per cent (First Question) and 5 per cent (Second and Third Questions).