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(12/26/05) -

More in U.S. Back Alito, Want Roe v. Wade Untouched

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – More Americans would like Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court, according to a poll by TNS released by the Washington Post and ABC News. 54 per cent of respondents think the Senate should confirm Alito’s nomination, up five points since November.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – More Americans would like Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court, according to a poll by TNS released by the Washington Post and ABC News. 54 per cent of respondents think the Senate should confirm Alito’s nomination, up five points since November.

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, 2006.

Earlier this 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. 61 per cent of respondents want Alito to uphold the ruling, while 35 per cent would want him to overturn it.

On Dec. 19, Bush defended a secret domestic electronic surveillance program that includes the wiretapping of the telephone calls and e-mails of Americans. The president’s remarks came in response to media reports that, since 2002, Bush has authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to operate this program without any judicial oversight.

On Dec. 23, the Associated Press reported that, during his time at the Justice Department during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Alito defended the right of government officials to order domestic wiretaps.

Polling Data

As you may know, U.S. president George W. Bush has nominated federal judge Samuel A. Alito to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court?

 

Dec. 2005

Nov. 2005

Should

54%

49%

Should not

28%

29%

No opinion

18%

22%

The Supreme Court legalized abortion 32 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want Alito to vote to uphold Roe versus Wade, or vote to overturn it?

 

Dec. 2005

Nov. 2005

Uphold

61%

64%

Overturn

35%

31%

No opinion

4%

5%

Source: TNS / Washington Post / ABC News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,003 American adults, conducted from Dec. 15 to Dec. 18, 2005. Margin of error is 3 per cent.