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(12/17/05) -

Strong Public Support for Alito in U.S. Supreme Court

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many Americans believe Samuel Alito should become an associate justice of 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) – Many Americans believe Samuel Alito should become an associate justice of 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.

On Oct. 31, U.S. president George W. Bush nominated U.S. Court of Appeals judge Alito to the Supreme Court, saying, “Alito has shown a mastery of the law, a deep commitment of justice, and he is a man of enormous character. He’s scholarly, fair-minded and principled, and these qualities will serve our nation well on the highest court of the land.”

In the U.S., Supreme Court justices are appointed for life by the president and confirmed by a majority vote in the Senate. Bush had originally selected Harriet Miers to replace retiring justice Sandra Day O’Connor on Oct. 3, but she withdrew her nomination on Oct. 27, expressing concern “that the confirmation process presents a burden for the White House and its staff and it is not in the best interest of the country.”

A Senate confirmation vote for Alito’s nomination has been tentatively scheduled for Jan. 20, 2006. On Nov. 4, Bush said he was “disappointed in the date, but happy they do have a firm date for his confirmation hearing.”

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.

On Dec. 15, several civil rights organizations—including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Black Leadership Forum—announced their opposition to Alito’s nomination.

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?

 

Dec. 2005

Nov. 2005

Yes, vote in favour

49%

50%

No, not

29%

25%

No opinion

22%

25%

Source: Gallup / CNN / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,006 American adults, conducted from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2005. Margin of error is 4 per cent.