Survey Says: Most Americans Want Sotomayor on Supreme Court

June 28, 2009

(ChattahBox) — An ABC News/Washington Post poll found that sixty-two percent of the general public favor the approval of Sonia Sotomayor as a supreme court justice, in the highest favorable polling data since they began in 1987. 59 Percent of pollers thought her sex, race or ethnicity plays no role in judicial decisions.  The telephone poll was conducted June 18 to 21, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults.

Like almost everything else though opinions are keenly divided down party lines. Almost eight in 10 Democrats and about two-thirds of independents said they want the Senate to confirm Sotomayor. But
only about 1 in 3 Republicans favored Sotomayor, who perceive the judge a “more liberal” nominee than they care for. Conservative republicans were solidly against Sotomayor, while some dems found her insufficiently liberal,  perhaps a good indication of why her candidacy is supported by less dogmatic voters. Senate hearings on Sotomayor, who was selected by president Obama to replace retiring Justice David H. Souter,  begin in two weeks.  Click here for a PDF with charts and questionnaire for this years poll.


One Response to “Survey Says: Most Americans Want Sotomayor on Supreme Court”

  1. Mary Beth on June 28th, 2009 2:19 pm

    I don’t want any person on the Supreme Court who thinks their gender or race is better than another. Sotomayor has played the race and gender card her entire life because her intellect is average. America can do better than this. Whoever is doing this polling isn’t doing a cross section of people. All the people I know don’t want her.

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