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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

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CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 3-4, 2005. N=803 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"As you may know, President Bush has nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Generally speaking, how would you rate Bush's choice of Harriet Miers as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure
% % % % %

10/3-4/05

11 33 25 16 15

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"Next, thinking about Harriet Miers herself: How would you describe your first impressions of her? Would you say they are very positive, somewhat positive, neither positive nor negative, somewhat negative, or very negative?" Scale rotated

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  %      
Very positive 14      
Somewhat positive 28      
Neither positive nor negative 34      
Somewhat negative 10      
Very negative 4      
Unsure 10      

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"As you may know, the Senate will soon hold hearings and vote on whether to confirm Bush's appointment of Miers to the Supreme Court. How much does it matter to you whether or not Harriet Miers is confirmed by the Senate: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

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Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not Much Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

10/3-4/05

32 33 22 10 3

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"Thinking about Harriet Miers' background, does each of the following make you more likely to support her nomination, does it make no difference to you, or does it make you less likely to support her nomination? How about [see below]?" Scale rotated

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More Likely No
Difference
Less Likely Unsure  
% % % %  

"She is a woman"

  10/3-4/05

29 66 5 -  

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"She has close personal ties to George W. Bush"

  10/3-4/05

16 38 44 2  

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"Her views on most major issues are not known"

  10/3-4/05

12 33 49 6  

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"She has never served as a judge"

  10/3-4/05

10 42 46 2  

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"Just your best guess, how important do you think each of the following considerations was to George W. Bush when he chose Harriet Miers as the nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all? How about [see below]?"

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Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not Important
At All
Unsure
% % % % %

"She has close personal ties to him"

  10/3-4/05

51 23 14 10 2

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"She is a woman"

  10/3-4/05

31 25 17 24 3

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"Her views on most major issues are not known"

  10/3-4/05

28 26 23 16 7

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"She has never served as a judge"

  10/3-4/05

18 22 26 32 2

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"As you may know, George W. Bush nominated Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. If Bush had NOT nominated a woman, would that have bothered you, or not?"

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Would
Have
Would
Not Have
     
% %      

10/3-4/05

18 82      

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"When the U.S. Senate holds hearings on the Harriet Miers nomination, do you think senators should insist that she explain her views on abortion before confirming her, or should she be allowed to refuse to answer questions about abortion?"

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Insist She
Explain Her
Views
Allowed To
Refuse To
Answer
Unsure    
% % %    

10/3-4/05

55 42 3    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 26-28, 2005. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Now, turning to the Supreme Court: As you may know, after John Roberts is confirmed as Chief Justice, President Bush will soon announce another nominee to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Would you like to see President Bush nominate a new justice who would make the Supreme Court more liberal than it currently is, more conservative than it currently is -- or who would keep the Court as it is now?"

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More
Liberal
More
Conservative
Keep As
It Is Now
Unsure
% % % %

9/26-28/05

30 33 29 8

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 16-18, 2005. N=818 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"Turning to the U.S. Supreme Court: As you may know, John Roberts is a federal judge who has been nominated to serve as chief justice on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Roberts serving as chief justice on the Supreme Court, or not?"

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Vote
In Favor
Not Vote
In Favor
Unsure
% % %

9/16-18/05

60 26 14

9/8-11/05

58 27 15

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 13-14, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"President George W. Bush has nominated John Roberts to take the place of William Rehnquist as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you approve or disapprove of John Roberts' nomination to be chief justice?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
9/13-14/05 51 21 27

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"Overall, do you think John Roberts is qualified to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court or not?"

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Is Is Not Unsure
% % %
9/13-14/05 62 14 24

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"Do you think John Roberts' views are in line with those of mainstream America or not?"

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Are Are Not Unsure
% % %
9/13-14/05 49 22 29

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 9-13, 2005. N=1,167 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"How closely would you say you have been following news about the appointment of appeals court judge John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all closely?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Very
Closely
Not At All
Closely
Unsure
% % % % %
9/9-13/05 16 38 23 22 1
8/29-31/05 12 32 29 26 1
7/29 - 8/2/05 13 34 26 26 1

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"When the Senate votes on a nominee for chief justice of the Supreme Court, should it consider only that person's legal qualifications and background, or along with legal background, should the Senate also consider how that nominee might vote on major issues the Supreme Court decides?" Form B (N=584)

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Legal Only Issues, Too Unsure    
% % %    
9/9-13/05 33 58 9    

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"Before Senators vote on whether John Roberts should be confirmed as the chief justice of the Supreme Court, how important do you think it is for the Senate to know his position on issues such as abortion and affirmative action? Is that very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?"

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Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Very
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
9/9-13/05 46 31 9 13 1

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"Is John Roberts more conservative than you would like, not conservative enough, or about right, or don't you know enough about John Roberts yet to say?"

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More
Conservative
Not
Conservative
Enough
About
Right
Don't Know
Enough
Unsure
% % % % %
9/9-13/05 14 2 22 61 1

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"What do you think right now? Should the Senate vote to confirm John Roberts as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, or vote against John Roberts, or can't you say?"

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Vote To
Confirm
Vote
Against
Can't Say Unsure  
% % % %  
ALL adults 26 8 63 3  
  Republicans 51 2 46 1  
  Democrats 13 14 70 3  
  Independents 21 7 68 4  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 8-11, 2005. N=1,201 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, Bush has nominated federal judge John Roberts to be chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Roberts' nomination as chief justice?"

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Should Should
Not
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

9/8-11/05

55

26

19

   

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 8-11, 2005. N=1,523 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"In making his appointments to the Supreme Court, should President Bush nominate people who will make the court more liberal, people who will make it more conservative, or people who will keep the court about the same as it is now?"

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More
Liberal
More
Conservative
Same Unsure
% % % %
9/8-11/05 24 30 39 7

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"Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm John Roberts as the next chief justice of the Supreme Court?"

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Should Should Not Unsure  
% % %  
9/8-11/05 46 21 33  

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 8-9, 2005. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"As you may know, President Bush recently nominated John Roberts to succeed William Rehnquist as the new chief justice of the Supreme Court. From what you've heard or read, do you think Roberts should or should NOT be confirmed by the Senate to serve as chief justice?"

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Should Be
Confirmed
Should Not
Be
Confirmed
Unsure
% % %
9/8-9/05 44 24 32

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"President Bush has not yet announced his choice for the Supreme Court's second vacancy. Do you think Bush should take diversity into account and strongly consider naming another woman to serve on the Court?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
9/8-9/05 66 19 14

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"Do you think Bush should take diversity into account and strongly consider naming another black or a Hispanic to serve on the Court?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
9/8-9/05 60 21 19

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"Are you concerned that President Bush's appointments will make the Supreme Court too conservative; OR concerned that the justices he appoints won't be conservative enough; OR are you not too concerned either way?"

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Too
Conservative
Not
Conservative
Enough
Not
Concerned
Unsure
% % % %
9/8-9/05 31 10 53 6

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Sept. 7-8, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Based on what you've heard or read about John Roberts, do you think he should or should not be confirmed by the Senate to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court?"

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Should Be
Confirmed
Should Not
Be Confirmed
Unsure
% % %
ALL 48 26 26
Republicans 73 9 18
Democrats 29 41 31
Independents 48 29 23

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"Do you think that it is important for the Senate to know his position on abortion and other controversial issues before voting on his nomination, or not?"

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Is
Important
Is Not
Important
Unsure
% % %
ALL 63 33 4
Republicans 50 48 2
Democrats 75 19 5
Independents 63 32 5

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 6-7, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"From what you've heard or read, do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm John Roberts as the next chief justice of the Supreme Court?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
9/6-7/05 35 19 46

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"From what you've heard or read, are you concerned that John Roberts is too conservative, too liberal, or aren't you concerned about his ideology?"

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Too Con-
servative
Too
Liberal
Not
Concerned
Unsure
% % % %
9/6-7/05 20 5 39 36

 

Zogby America Poll. Sept. 6-7, 2005. N=1,157 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 2.9.

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"How closely are you following the confirmation process of chief justice nominee John Roberts? Are you following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all following the story?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not At All
Following
Unsure
% % % % %
9/6-7/05 20 41 23 16 -

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"Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree that Roberts is qualified to serve as chief justice?"

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Strongly
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
Somewhat
Disagree
Strongly
Disagree
Unsure
% % % % %
ALL 33 25 10 10 23
Democrats 16 23 17 17 27
Republicans 55 21 2 1 21
Independents 22 35 11 11 21

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"Do you think President Bush should have nominated someone from outside the Supreme Court, like Roberts, to serve as chief justice, or should he have elevated a sitting Supreme Court justice?"

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Someone
From
Outside
Sitting
Justice
Unsure
% % %
9/6-7/05 35 43 23

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"Some have suggested that, now that there is a second vacancy on the Supreme Court, President Bush should appoint a woman or a minority. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree?"

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Strongly
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
Somewhat
Disagree
Strongly
Disagree
Unsure
% % % % %
9/6-7/05 36 23 15 16 10

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 30-31, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which of the following comes closest to your view of how the Constitution should be interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court? Judges should base their rulings on what they believe the Constitution's framers meant when it was originally written. Judges should base their rulings on what they believe the Constitution means in today’s world." Options rotated

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Framers'
Intent
Meaning in
Today's
World
Combination
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
8/30-31/05 47 36 10 8

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"President George W. Bush has nominated John Roberts to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. If you were voting on John Roberts' nomination, would you vote to confirm him or not?"

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Confirm Not
Confirm
Unsure
% % %
ALL 50 26 24
  Democrats 28 46 26
  Republicans 74 7 18
  Independents 51 21 28

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Trend:

7/26-27/05 51 19 30

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"Do you think the scrutiny of John Roberts' record is being done fairly and with sincere concern for the position he has been nominated to hold or do you think it is being done unfairly and in a partisan fashion?" Options rotated

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Fair,
Sincere
Unfair,
Partisan
Unsure
% % %
8/30-31/05 29 41 31

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"Do you think John Roberts' religious beliefs should or should not be something Senators consider when deciding whether to confirm him?"

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Should
Be
Should
Not Be
Unsure
% % %
8/30-31/05 22 61 17

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"John Roberts is a practicing Catholic. Knowing this, are you more likely or less likely to support his confirmation?"

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More
Likely
Less
Likely
No Differ-
ence (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
8/30-31/05 21 13 57 9

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 29-31, 2005. N=871 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Before senators vote on whether John Roberts should sit on the Supreme Court, how important do you think it is for the Senate to know his position on issues such as abortion and affirmative action? Is that very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?"

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Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Very
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
8/29-31/05 46 32 10 11 1

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"Do you think the Republican and Democratic members of the Senate will be able to work together to conduct confirmation hearings for John Roberts in a fair and nonpartisan manner, or not?"

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Will
Be Able
Will Not
Be Able
Unsure    
% % %    
8/29-31/05 44 49 7    
7/29 - 8/2/05 43 47 10    

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"What do you expect will happen? Do you think John Roberts probably will or probably will not be confirmed by the Senate to sit on the Supreme Court?"

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Will Will Not Unsure    
% % %    
8/29-31/05 71 7 22    
7/29 - 8/2/05 73 8 19    

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"What do you think right now? Should the Senate vote to confirm John Roberts as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, or vote against Roberts, or can't you say?"

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Vote To
Confirm
Vote
Against
Can't Say Unsure  
% % % %  
8/29-31/05 26 9 60 5  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 5-7, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Now, turning to the U.S. Supreme Court: As you may know, John Roberts is the person nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Roberts serving on the Supreme Court, or not?"

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Vote
In Favor
Not Vote
In Favor
Unsure
% % %
8/5-7/05 51 28 21

7/22-24/05

59 22 19

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Aug. 2-4, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"We'd like your opinion of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling appointments to the Supreme Court and other federal courts?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
8/2-4/05 47 35 18

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"Based on what you've heard or read about John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, do you think he should or should NOT be confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Court?"

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Should Be
Confirmed
Should
Not Be
Confirmed
Unsure
% % %
8/2-4/05 47 24 29

 

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 2, 2005. N=1,222 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"How much difference does it make to the country whether liberals or conservatives control the Supreme Court: a great deal, some, not much, or no difference?"

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A Great
Deal
Some Not Much No
Difference
Unsure
% % % % %
7/29 - 8/2/05 48 31 8 9 4

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"In general, do you think the personal views of most Supreme Court judges are or are not a factor in their decisions on cases before the court?"

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Are Are Not Unsure    
% % %    
7/29 - 8/2/05 67 25 8    

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"Before senators vote on whether John Roberts should sit on the Supreme Court, how important do you think it is for the Senate to know what his position on abortion is? Is that very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?"

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Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Very
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
7/29 - 8/2/05 30 35 13 19 3

 

Zogby America Poll. July 26-30, 2005. N=1,042 likely voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

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"How closely are you following President Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor? Are you following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all following the story?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not
At All
 
% % % %  
7/26-30/05 25 37 24 14  

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Asked of those who are following nomination very closely or somewhat closely:
"Do you think that John Roberts is a good choice to serve on the Supreme Court?"

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Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
ALL 64 17 19    
  Democrats 41 28 32    
  Republicans 88 2 10    
  Independents 59 23 18    

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"In a brief written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts while working for the Reagan Administration, he wrote that Roe v. Wade had been 'wrongly decided and should be overturned.' Knowing that, are you much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely, or much less likely to support Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court?"

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Much
More
Somewhat
More
Somewhat
Less
Much
Less
No Differ-
ence (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %
7/26-30/05 22 16 19 22 22

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"Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, a moderate Democrat, had previously called John Roberts 'in the ballpark' of a judge that he and other centrist Democrats would not filibuster if President Bush nominated him to the Supreme Court. Knowing that, are you much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely, or much less likely to support Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court?"

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Much
More
Somewhat
More
Somewhat
Less
Much
Less
No Differ-
ence (vol.)/
Unsure
% % % % %
7/26-30/05 21 21 15 11 32

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"Some have suggested that, with Justice O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, retiring, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg now the only woman on the Court, President Bush should have nominated a woman for this seat. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with that argument?"

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Strongly
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
Somewhat
Disagree
Strongly
Disagree
Unsure
% % % % %
7/26-30/05 25 23 24 23 5

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 26-27, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"President George W. Bush has nominated John Roberts to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you approve or disapprove of John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court?"

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Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure    
% % %    
7/26-27/05 48 17 34    

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"Overall, do you think John Roberts is qualified to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court or not?"

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Qualified Not
Qualified
Unsure    
% % %    
7/26-27/05 65 10 25    

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"From what you know about John Roberts, would you say he is more of a liberal or a conservative?" Options rotated

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Liberal Conser-
vative
Moderate
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
7/26-27/05 8 56 8 28  

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"Do you think the Senate will confirm John Roberts or not?"

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Will
Confirm
Will Not
Confirm
Unsure    
% % %    
7/26-27/05 70 7 23    

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"Do you agree or disagree that, as president, George W. Bush should be able to choose a nominee who shares his political philosophy to serve on the Supreme Court?"

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Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    
7/26-27/05 63 29 7    

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"In previous Senate confirmation hearings, some nominees have refused to answer questions related to past Supreme Court cases or cases that may come before the Court in the future. Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable for John Roberts to decline to answer questions on past or future cases before the Supreme Court?"

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Acceptable Unaccept-
able
Unsure    
% % %    
7/26-27/05 41 43 16    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 22-24, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which do you think is more likely to occur during the Senate confirmation hearings for Roberts: a relatively easy process in which Republicans and Democrats come to an agreement, or a major fight between Republicans and Democrats that would drag on for a long time?" Options rotated

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Relatively
Easy
Process
Major
Fight
Unsure      
% % %      

7/22-24/05

42 51 7      

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"When the U.S. Senate holds hearings on the John Roberts nomination, do you think senators should insist that he explain his views on abortion before confirming him, or should he be allowed to refuse to answer questions about abortion?"

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Insist He
Explain
Views
Allowed
To Refuse
To Answer
Unsure      
% % %      

7/22-24/05

61 37 2      

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"If a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court favors keeping the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion, in your view, should that alone disqualify that person from serving on the Supreme Court, or not?" Form A (N=497 adults, MoE ± 5)

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Should Should Not Unsure      
% % %      

7/22-24/05

13 85 2      

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"If a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court favors overturning the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion, in your view, should that alone disqualify that person from serving on the Supreme Court, or not?" Form B (N=509 adults, MoE ± 5)

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Should Should Not Unsure      
% % %      

7/22-24/05

25 72 3      

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 21, 2005. N=500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.5. Fieldwork by TNS.

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"As you may know, George W. Bush has nominated federal judge John Roberts to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. How closely have you been following news about the Roberts nomination: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not closely at all?"

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Very
Closely
Somewhat
Closely
Not Too
Closely
Not At All
Closely
   
% % % %    

7/21/05

20 36 21 23    

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"Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court?"

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Should Should
Not
Unsure      
% % %      

7/21/05

59 23 17      

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"Do you think a senator who believes Roberts has the right background and qualifications, but who disagrees with his judicial philosophy and legal views, should vote for or against Roberts' nomination?"

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For Against Unsure      
% % %      

7/21/05

53 41 6      

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"At his confirmation hearing, do you think Roberts should or should not answer questions about how he would have ruled on past cases that have come before the Supreme Court?"

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Should Should
Not
Unsure      
% % %      

7/21/05

61 36 3      

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"Do you think Roberts should or should not publicly state his position on abortion before being approved by the U.S. Senate for the job?"

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Should Should
Not
Unsure      
% % %      

7/21/05

64 34 2      
           

"Given what you know, do you think Roberts is a more conservative nominee than you'd have liked, less conservative than you'd have liked, or about right?" Options rotated

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More Less About
Right
Unsure    
% % % %    

7/21/05

26 9 58 7    

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"Bush nominated Roberts to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring from the court. Are you personally disappointed that Bush did not nominate another woman to replace O'Connor, or not?"

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Are Are Not Unsure      
% % %      

7/21/05

34 65 1      

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"Do you think the U.S. Supreme Court should base its rulings on its understanding of what the U.S. Constitution meant as it was originally written, or should the court base its rulings on its understanding of what the U.S. Constitution means in current times?" Options rotated

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Originally
Written
Current
Meaning
In-
Between
Unsure    
% % % %    

7/21/05

46 50 3 1    

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"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 Roberts to vote to uphold Roe versus Wade, or vote to overturn it?" Options rotated

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Uphold Overturn Unsure      
% % %      

7/21/05

65 32 4      

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 20, 2005. N=625 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"As you may know, President Bush has nominated Judge John Roberts to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Generally speaking, how would you rate Bush's choice of John Roberts as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

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Excellent Good Only Fair Poor Unsure  
% % % % %  

7/20/05

25 26 20 14 15  

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"Next, thinking about John Roberts himself: How would you describe your first impressions of him? Would you say they are very positive, somewhat positive, neither positive nor negative, somewhat negative, or very negative?"

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Very
Positive
Somewhat
Positive
Neither Somewhat
Negative
Very
Negative
Unsure
% % % % % %

7/20/05

26 28 21 8 7 10

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"Based on what you have heard or read about him, do you think Roberts' views on important issues are in the mainstream, are too extreme, or do you need to know more before you can say?"

.

   
Main-
stream
Too
Extreme
Need To
Know More
Unsure    
% % % %    

7/20/05

14 7 76 3    

.

 

"As you may know, the Senate will soon hold hearings and vote on whether to confirm Bush’s appointment of Roberts to the Supreme Court. How much does it matter to you whether or not John Roberts is confirmed by the Senate: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

.

 
Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not
Much
Not
At All
Unsure  
% % % % %  

7/20/05

37 29 18 13 3  

.

 

"Do you think it would be appropriate or inappropriate for senators to ask Roberts general questions about his overall views on the abortion issue?"

.

   
Appropriate Inappro-
priate
Unsure      
% % %      

7/20/05

74 22 4      

.

 

"Do you think it would be appropriate or inappropriate for senators to ask Roberts specific questions about how he would rule on individual cases involving the abortion issue?"

.

   
Appropriate Inappro-
priate
Unsure      
% % %      

7/20/05

61 36 3      
           

"Finally, as you may know, Roberts was nominated to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Does it bother you that President Bush did not nominate a woman to replace O'Connor, or does it not bother you?"

.

   
Bothers Does Not
Bother
Unsure      
% % %      

7/20/05

21 77 2      

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. July 19-20, 2005. N=752 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.6.

.

"As you may know, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is retiring, and President Bush has nominated John Roberts Jr. to replace her. Is your opinion of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts Jr. favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about John Roberts Jr. yet to have an opinion?"

.

Favorable Unfav-
orable
Haven't
Heard
Enough
Unsure  
% % % %  

7/19-20/05

25 14 59 2  

.

"Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not vote to confirm John Roberts Jr. as a Supreme Court justice?"

.

Should Should
Not
Unsure    
% % %    

7/19-20/05

47 24 29    

.

"Do you think John Roberts Jr. should be required to state his position on abortion before being confirmed by the Senate, or do you think he should not be required to state his position on that issue?"

.

Should Should
Not
Unsure    
% % %    

7/19-20/05

52 41 7    

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 13-17, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"As you may have heard, Sandra Day O'Connor recently retired from the Supreme Court. Just your impression: Was Sandra Day O'Connor mostly conservative, mostly liberal, or middle-of-the-road in her judgments on the Court?" N=1,502 adults, MoE ± 3

.

Mostly
Conservative
Mostly
Liberal
Middle-Of-
The-Road
Unsure
% % % %
7/13-17/05 13 10 51 26

.

"In making his next appointment to the Supreme Court, should President Bush choose someone who will make the court more liberal, someone who will make it more conservative, or someone who will keep the court about the same as it is now?" Form 1 (N=751 adults, MoE ± 4)

.

More
Liberal
More
Conservative
About the
Same
Unsure
% % % %
7/13-17/05 24 27 40 9
6/8-12/05 28 29 35 8
3/17-27/05 24 28 41 7

.

"Do you worry that the President's next Supreme Court appointment will make the court too conservative, not conservative enough, or don't you worry about this?" Form 2 (N=751 adults, MoE ± 4)

.

Too
Conservative
Not
Conservative
Enough
Don't Worry
About This
Unsure
% % % %
7/13-17/05 31 19 44 6

.

"How important is the President's choice of the next Supreme Court justice to you personally: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?" N=1,502 adults, MoE ± 3

.

Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Too
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
7/13-17/05 47 30 14 8 1
6/8-12/05 47 29 14 8 2
3/17-27/05 38 36 15 8 3

 

CBS News Poll. July 13-14, 2005. N=632 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

"Would you say you mostly agree or mostly disagree with the decisions made by the Supreme Court in the last year?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure    
% % %    

7/13-14/05

49 36 15    

.

"How important do you think it is that George W. Bush nominate a woman to the Supreme Court: very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?"

.

Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not Very
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

7/13-14/05

25 33 17 23 2

.

"How important to you, personally, is the issue of which judges sit on the Supreme Court? Is this issue extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not at all important?"

.

Extremely
Important
Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %

7/13-14/05

22 37 30 10 1

.

"Do you have confidence that George W. Bush will nominate good justices to the Supreme Court, or are you uneasy about who he might choose?"

.

Confident Uneasy Unsure    
% % %    

7/13-14/05

46 52 2    

.

"Do you think evangelical Christians will have too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence on George W. Bush's decisions about who he nominates to the Supreme Court?"

.

Too Much
Influence
Too Little
Influence
Right
Amount of
Influence
No
Influence
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

7/13-14/05

30 14 37 7 12

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 12-13, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Overall, how much do you think the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court affect your life: a lot, some but not a lot, not much, or not at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Not At All Unsure
% % % % %
7/12-13/05 52 33 9 3 3

.

"Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable for a U.S. senator to base his or her vote on a Supreme Court nominee solely on the nominee's [see below]?"

.

Acceptable Unacceptable Unsure    
% % %    

.

"Political ideology -- that is, solely because the nominee is a conservative or a liberal"

7/12-13/05 19 69 12    

.

"Position on affirmative action"

7/12-13/05 18 69 13    

.

"When a Supreme Court justice retires, do you think the president has an obligation to replace the retiring justice with another justice with similar legal and political views?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
7/12-13/05 25 67 8    

.

"Do you think President Bush has an obligation to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with another woman?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
7/12-13/05 28 65 7    

.

"When President Bush nominates the next justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, do you want him to nominate someone who is more of a liberal or someone who is more of a conservative?" Options rotated

.

Liberal Conservative Not Consider
Ideology (vol.)
Nominate a
Moderate (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
7/12-13/05 25 39 8 12 16

.

"If the person President Bush nominates to the U.S. Supreme Court is a well-qualified strong conservative, do you think Senate Democrats should vote to confirm the nominee?"

.

Yes No Unsure    
% % %    
7/12-13/05 62 22 16    

.

"Who do you think should have the strongest voice in selecting Supreme Court justices: the president or the U.S. Senate?" Options rotated

.

President Senate Both (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
7/12-13/05 31 37 24 7  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 24-26, 2005. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Many people say federal judges let their personal beliefs inappropriately influence their legal decisions rather than objectively interpreting the Constitution. Just your best guess, who do you think is more likely to let their personal beliefs influence their legal decisions: judges who are politically liberal, or judges who are politically conservative?" Options rotated

.

Liberals Conservatives Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
6/24-26/05 40 39 13 8

.

"Suppose one of the U.S. Supreme Court justices retires this year. How much would the choice of a new Supreme Court justice matter to you: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

.

Great Deal Moderate
Amount
Not Much Not at All
% % % %
6/24-26/05 48 26 19 7

.

"Next, we'd like you to think about what would happen if a Supreme Court Justice retired this year and George W. Bush nominated someone to fill that vacancy. How likely do you think it is that Bush would appoint someone to the U.S. Supreme Court who would let their religious beliefs inappropriately influence their legal decisions: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

.

Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at
All Likely
Unsure
% % % % %
6/24-26/05 33 30 23 12 2

.

"How likely do you think it is that the Democrats in the Senate would attempt to block Bush's nominee for inappropriate political reasons: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

.

Very Likely Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at
All Likely
Unsure
% % % % %
6/24-26/05 58 28 6 6 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 16-19, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Suppose one of the U.S. Supreme Court justices retires at the end of this term. Would you like to see President Bush nominate a new justice who would make the Supreme Court more liberal than it currently is, more conservative than it currently is or who would keep the Court as it is now?" Options rotated

.

More
Liberal
More
Conservative
Keep As
It Is Now
Unsure  
% % % %  

6/16-19/05

30 41 24 5  

.

"Suppose President Bush decides to nominate the person who he thinks is the best choice for the U.S. Supreme Court, but almost all the Democrats in the Senate oppose the nominee because they disagree with that person on important issues. Should President Bush still nominate the person he thinks is best for the job, or should he nominate another well qualified person whom the Democrats find acceptable?" Options rotated

.

Still Nominate
Person He
Thinks Best
Person
Democrats
Can Accept
Unsure    
% % %    

6/16-19/05

46 51 3    

.

"Suppose almost all the Democrats in the Senate oppose President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court because they disagree with that person on important issues. Should the Democrats in the Senate still vote to confirm the President's nominee unless they believe that the person is not qualified legally or ethically, or should they work to defeat the nomination to try to get the President to pick someone that is more acceptable to them?" Options rotated

.

Still Vote
To Confirm
Work To
Defeat
Unsure    
% % %    

6/16-19/05

40 53 7    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 14-15, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How do you feel about the likely retirement of one or more Supreme Court justices? Do you welcome changes or are you uneasy about changes to the Supreme Court?"

.

Welcome
Changes
Uneasy Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
6/14-15/05 58 28 6 8  

.

"How comfortable are you with George W. Bush selecting the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee: very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, not very comfortable, or not at all comfortable?"

.

Very
Comfortable
Somewhat
Comfortable
Not Very
Comfortable
Not At All
Comfortable
Unsure
% % % % %
ALL 31 23 15 28 4
  Democrats 7 15 22 53 4
  Republicans 61 29 4 3 2
  Independents 27 25 19 27 2

.

Trend:

11/16-17/04 39 20 10 24 7

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 8-12, 2005. N=1,464 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Now I'd like your opinion of some groups and organizations in the news. Would you say your overall opinion of the Supreme Court is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

.

Favorable Unfav-
orable
Never
Heard Of
(vol.)
Can't Rate
(vol.)
 
% % % %  
6/8-12/05 57 30 - 13  
7/01 70 20 - 10  
3/01 72 20 - 8  
1/01 68 21 1 10  
10/97 77 18 - 5  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the nomination of federal judges?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure    
% % %    
6/2-5/05 46 44 10    

.

"When it comes time for Bush to nominate a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, do you think he should pick someone who is more of a liberal, moderate or conservative?" Options rotated

.

Liberal Moderate Conser-
vative
Unsure  
% % % %  
6/2-5/05 21 41 35 3  
12/16-19/04 21 43 33 3  

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 20-22, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"In general, do you think federal court judges are too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?"

.

Too
Liberal
Too Con-
servative
About
Right
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/20-22/05

29 19 44 8  

.

"Do you think the rulings made by federal court judges are influenced too much, about the right amount, or not enough by Christian values?"

.

Too
Much
About
Right
Not
Enough
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/20-22/05

27 28 38 7  

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. May 17-19, 2005. N=1,028 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"Generally speaking, do you think that federal judges in this country are too conservative, too liberal, or about right?"

.

Too
Conservative
Too
Liberal
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
5/17-19/05 24 30 37 9

.

"Would you like the federal judges nominated by President Bush to have political views that are very conservative, somewhat conservative, somewhat liberal, or very liberal?"

.

Very
Conservative
Somewhat
Conservative
Somewhat
Liberal
Very
Liberal
Moderate
(vol.)
% % % % %
5/17-19/05 13 34 29 11 6

.

"In President Bush's second term, he may have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. How comfortable are you that George W. Bush would nominate the right kind of justices to the Supreme Court . . . ?"

.

Very
Comfortable
Somewhat
Comfortable
Not Too
Comfortable
Not At All
Comfortable
Unsure
% % % % %
5/17-19/05 29 23 14 32 2

.

"Do you think judges usually base their decisions mostly on their interpretation of the law or mostly on their personal beliefs and political opinions?"

.

Law Beliefs and
Opinions
Unsure
% % %
5/17-19/05 51 43 6

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 12-16, 2005. N=1,005 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

.

"How important is it to you personally who gets appointed to be federal judges: very important, somewhat important, not that important, or not important at all?"

.

Very
Important
Somewhat
Important
Not That
Important
Not At All
Important
Unsure
% % % % %
5/12-16/05 53 28 11 7 1

 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. May 10-12, 2005. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

   

.

.

.

.

.

"Do you think the courts in this country have too much power, too little power, or about the right amount?"

   

.

Too
Much
Too
Little
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
5/10-12/05 39 11 45 6
   

.

.

.

.

.

"Do you think judges today are generally too liberal in their decisions, too conservative, or about right in their decisions?"

   

.

Too
Liberal
Too Con-
servative
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
5/10-12/05 32 19 38 11

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 21-24, 2005. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Overall, do you think the federal judges in this country are too liberal, too conservative, or about right?"

.

Too
Liberal
Too Con-
servative
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %

4/21-24/05

26 18 52 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 1-2, 2005. N=1,040 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

   

.

.

.

.

.

.

"Thinking now about federal court judges -- Just your best guess, in general, how many federal judges do you think allow their political views to inappropriately influence their decisions on cases: all of them, most of them, about half, only a few of them, or none?"

   

.

.

.

All Most About
Half
A Few None Unsure
% % % % % %

4/1-2/05

7 28 33 27 2 3

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Jan. 14-18, 2005. N=1,118 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"As president, George W. Bush may appoint several justices to the United States Supreme Court. Do you think his nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court will be more conservative than you would like, not conservative enough, or about right?"

.

Too Con-
servative
Not Con-
servative

Enough
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %

1/14-18/05

33 15 44 8
11/19-21/04 35 10 44 11
11/20-24/02 29 11 50 11

.

"When George W. Bush appoints Supreme Court justices, do you think he is likely to appoint justices who will vote to keep abortion legal or justices who will vote to make abortion against the law?"

.

Keep
Legal
Make
Illegal
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

1/14-18/05

15 71 2 12

 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Jan. 15-17, 2005. N=1,033 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think that any nominee to the Supreme Court should publicly state his or her position on abortion before being approved by the Senate, or do you think that nominees should not be required to state their position on that issue?"

.

Should
Publicly
State
Not
Required
To State
Unsure
% % %

1/15-17/05

46 48 6

.

"As you may know, President Bush said that he would not use a nominee's beliefs on abortion as the deciding factor for his selection of a United States Supreme Court justice. Do you believe Bush when he says he will not use an abortion test for his selection of a United States Supreme Court justice, or do you not believe that?"

.

Believe Do Not
Believe
Unsure
% % %

1/15-17/05

45 50 5

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Dec. 16-19, 2004. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS.

.

"As you may know, the Constitution gives the Senate the power to confirm the president's nominations to the federal courts. Would you say that the Senate should only consider a judge's background, experience and qualifications, OR should the Senate also consider a judge's views on such issues as abortion, gun control and affirmative action?"

.

Background,
Etc.
Views On
Issues, Too
Unsure    
% % %    
12/16-19/04 35 60 5    

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Nov. 19-21, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Do you think the U.S. Supreme Court is too powerful, not powerful enough or does it have about the right amount of power?"

.

Too
Powerful
Not
Powerful
Enough
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
11/19-21/04 23 10 62 5

.

"As you may know, U.S. Supreme Court justices are appointed for their lifetimes, and they do not have to retire at a certain age. Do you think there should be a mandatory retirement age for U.S. Supreme Court justices, or not?"

.

Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
11/19-21/04 60 39 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 19-21, 2004. N=500 adults nationwide. MoE ± 5.

.

"How confident are you that George W. Bush will make good choices to replace justices who leave the U.S. Supreme Court: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?"

.

Very
Confident

Somewhat
Confident

Not Too
Confident

Not At All
Confident

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

11/19-21/04 36 25 14 24 1

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 16-17, 2004. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Which one of the current U.S. Supreme Court justices do you most admire or agree with?" Open-ended

.

%

.

Sandra Day O’Connor

13

Clarence Thomas

8

William H. Rehnquist

6

Antonin Scalia

5

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

5

Anthony M. Kennedy

1

Stephen G. Breyer

1

David Souter

1

John Paul Stevens

1

Other names

1

Don't know any names

58


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Oct. 28-29, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"How confident are you that most jury trials in the United States reach fair verdicts: very confident, somewhat confident, not very confident, or not at all confident?"

Very Somewhat Not
Very
Not
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
10/03 17 56 17 6 4

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 8-10, 2003. N=1,025 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"Thinking about the Supreme Court: In its recent rulings, do you think the Supreme Court has been too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?"

.

Too
Liberal
Too
Conser-
vative
About
Right
Unsure
% % % %
7/03 31 15 48 6
9/01 22 25 46 7
8-9/00 27 16 49 8
7/95 31 20 41 8
6/93 22 24 45 9

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 30-July 1, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

.

"In general, do you think the United States Supreme Court is in touch with what is going on in the country, or not?"

In
Touch
Not In
Touch
Not
Sure
% % %
6/30 - 7/1/03 51 38 11

.

"In general, who would you trust more to make new appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court: a Democratic president or a Republican president?" Options rotated

Demo-
crat
Repub-
lican
Not
Sure
% % %
6/30 - 7/1/03 35 38 27

.

"Recently, the Supreme Court made some widely publicized rulings. Based on what you know about the decisions, please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of how the court ruled, or if you don't know enough to say. Do you approve or disapprove of the Supreme Court's decision [see below]?"

Approve Disap-
prove
Not
Sure
% % %
"Allowing an applicant's race to be a factor in college admission procedures"
6/30 - 7/1/03 24 63 13

.

"Overturning the Texas law that prohibited gay sex"
6/30 - 7/1/03 40 44 16

.

"Given President Bush's appointments in other areas, how comfortable are you with him selecting the next Supreme Court nominee . . . ?"

%

.

Very comfortable

32

Somewhat comfortable

27

Somewhat uncomfortable

14

Very uncomfortable

20

Not sure

7


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. Feb. 26-March 3, 2003. N=1,448 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2.6 (total sample).

.

"When the president chooses a Supreme Court nominee, should the president only consider that person's legal qualifications and background, or should the president also consider how that nominee might vote on major issues the Supreme Court decides?"

.

ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
Qualifications, background 59 56 60 62
How nominee might vote 34 38 33 32
Don't know 7 6 7 6

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. July 17-18, 2001. N=1,015 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.
           

.

"Would you favor or oppose the appointment of Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion?"
    Favor Oppose Not
Sure
   
    % % %    
  7/01 33 57 10    
  10/00 31 56 13    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 27-29, 2000. N=630 adults nationwide. (Results shown are among registered voters.)

.

"As you may know, the next president may have the power to appoint as many as three justices to the Supreme Court. How important is the appointment of Supreme Court justices in your vote for president this fall: very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not important at all?"
%
Very important 43
Somewhat important 30
Not very important 15
Not at all important 7
Don't know 5

.

"How important is it to you that the presidential candidate you vote for will choose Supreme Court justices who agree with your position on abortion: very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not important at all?"
%
Very important 43
Somewhat important 33
Not very important 12
Not at all important 9
Don't know 3

.

"Regardless of how you intend to vote, which presidential candidate do you think would appoint Supreme Court justices whose opinions would be closest to your own on issues like abortion: Al Gore or George W. Bush?"
%
Gore 47
Bush 38
Both (vol.) 1
Neither (vol.) 2
Don't know 12

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. June 29-30, 2000. N=752 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

.

Asked of registered voters (N=607; MoE ± 4):
"Thinking about the appointments to the Supreme Court the presidential candidates might make if elected, how important will this be in deciding your vote for president this fall? Will appointments to the Supreme Court be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important in deciding your vote?"
%
Very important 36
Somewhat important 37
Not too important 12
Not at all important 13
Don't know 2

.

Asked of registered voters (N=607; MoE ± 4):
"Regardless of which presidential candidate you now support, do you think Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job of making appointments to the Supreme Court?"
%
Al Gore 40
George W. Bush 37
Same/No difference (vol.) 5
Neither (vol.) 5
Don't know 13

.

"Judging by its recent decisions, do you think the Supreme Court is generally liberal, generally conservative, or is making decisions more on a case-by-case basis?"
%
Liberal 17
Conservative 13
Case-by-case basis 61
Don't know 9

.

"As I read you a list of some recent decisions by the Supreme Court, please tell me if you generally agree or disagree with each one. What about [see below]? Do you generally agree or disagree with this decision?"
Agree Disagree Don't
Know
% % %
"The recent decision upholding 'Miranda rules' requiring police to inform arrested suspects of their rights to remain silent and to have a lawyer present during any questioning"
86 11 3

.

"The recent decision upholding a state law requiring that anti-abortion activists seeking to counsel women stay at least eight feet away from them as they enter and leave medical facilities"
73 20 7

.

"This week's decision NOT to review the Elian Gonzalez case"
68 23 9

.

"The recent decision that the Boy Scouts of America have a constitutional right to block gay men from becoming troop leaders"
56 36 8

.

"The recent decision striking down a state law protecting grandparents' rights to visit their grandchildren despite the parent's objections, saying it was too broad and could apply to anyone, not just grandparents"
49 41 10

.

"The recent decision that taxpayer money may be used to buy computers and textbooks for religious and other private schools"
47 49 4

.

"The recent decision striking down state laws that made it illegal to perform a procedure critics call partial-birth abortions, saying that these laws place an 'undue burden' on women's decisions to end their pregnancies"
41 49 10

.

"The recent decision that public school districts cannot promote prayer before high school football games, saying it violates the separation between church and state"
29 68 3

.

"Now thinking about future presidential appointments to the Supreme Court, please tell me whether you would like to see justices appointed who would rule in favor of or against each of the following. What about [see below]? Would you like to see justices appointed who would rule in favor of this or against this?"
Rule In
Favor
Rule
Against
Makes
No Difference
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % %
"Upholding Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision protecting a woman's right to an abortion"
62 31 2 5

.

"Allowing taxpayer dollars to be used for educational vouchers to help parents send their children to religious or other private schools"
52 43 2 3

.

"Allowing groups to exclude gays and lesbians if they feel homosexuality is morally wrong"
41 46 5 8

.

"Allowing affirmative action preferences for things like jobs, government contracts, and school admissions based on race"
36 52 3 9

.

Asked of registered voters (N=607; MoE ± 4):
"Vice President Al Gore has said that the next president will make appointments to the Supreme Court that will determine whether women retain 'the right to choose' abortion. How important will this be in deciding your vote for president this fall? Will it be very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important in determining your vote?"
%
Very important 43
Somewhat important 27

.

Not too important 14
Not at all important 12
Don't know 4

 


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