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(12/14/05) -

1/3 of Americans Want Alito in Supreme Court

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – The number of Americans who think Samuel Alito should serve in the United States Supreme Court remains somewhat stable, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 33 per cent of respondents believe the Senate should confirm George W. Bush’s latest nominee, down one point in a month.

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – The number of Americans who think Samuel Alito should serve in the United States Supreme Court remains somewhat stable, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 33 per cent of respondents believe the Senate should confirm George W. Bush’s latest nominee, down one point in a month.

On Oct. 31, 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.” 63 per cent of respondents believe it is very or somewhat likely that Alito will be confirmed by the Senate and serve on the Supreme Court, down five points since early November.

Yesterday, Republican North Carolina senator Richard Burr met with Alito. After the private reunion, Burr said that he thinks Alito has both the qualifications and the experience for the post of associate justice. “I look forward to closely following Judge Alito’s confirmations hearing,” a statement from Burr’s office read. “Given that he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 1990 to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals, I remain hopeful that Judge Alito will receive a fair hearing and receive an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.”

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.

Polling Data

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

 

Dec. 8

Nov. 7

Nov. 1

Yes

33%

34%

30%

No

25%

24%

27%

Not sure

42%

42%

43%

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

 

Dec. 8

Nov. 7

Nov. 1

Very likely

32%

38%

34%

Somewhat likely

31%

30%

31%

Not very likely

14%

12%

14%

Not at all likely

2%

1%

2%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, 2005. Margin of error is 4 per cent.

Original Story at Rasmussen Reports