Monday, January 23, 2006
Polls Says Most Americans Believe That Alito Should Be Confirmed
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A majority of Americans said the Senate should confirm federal appellate judge Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, with just 30 percent opposing his confirmation, according to a poll released Monday.
Only 38 percent of respondents said they think a filibuster by Democratic senators would be justified, and a about third said they believe Alito would vote to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court decision that struck down state laws against abortion.
The CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey of 1,006 U.S. adults was conducted Friday through Sunday and had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Support for Alito's confirmation grew after widely televised confirmation hearings, the poll found. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, held January 11-13, 49 percent of respondents backed his nomination. In the poll released Monday, 54 percent expressed support.
The percentage of people who opposed his confirmation remained unchanged after the hearings, Monday's poll found.
The committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the nomination, which would then go before the full Senate.
At least Dianne Feinstein, a well-known Bush-hater, has enough common sense to know that filibustering Alito (as liberals still want the Dems to do), would send a horrible precedent: not liking someone's personal ideology doesn't qualify as a reason to keep them from having a job.
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 6:46 PM