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Americans Dislike SCOTUS Voting Rights Decision

Posted Jul 08, 2013 at 9:36 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new survey by ABC News-Washington Post, just 33% of Americans approve of the Supreme Court's ruling dismantling a key element of the Voting Rights Act. A majority, 51%, disapprove. Among African Americans, disapproval stands at 71%.

No Consensus On Supreme Court Ideology

Posted Mar 26, 2013 at 7:36 AM by Maurice Berger

A new survey Pew Research reports that there is little consensus on how Americans perceive the Supreme Court: 40% say it is middle of the road in its ideology; 24% say it is liberal; and 22% say it is conservative.

Americans Split On Healthcare Ruling

Posted Jul 09, 2012 at 9:24 AM by Maurice Berger

Americans are sharply divided over last month's landmark Supreme Court decision on the 2010 healthcare law, according to a survey by Gallup, "with 46% agreeing and 46% disagreeing with the high court's ruling that the law is constitutional. Democrats widely hail the ruling, most Republicans pan it, and independents are closely divided." Here is Gallup's breakdown by party affiliation:

U.S. Public Reaction to Supreme Court Healthcare Decision, June 2012

Majority of Americans Support Supreme Court Nominee

Posted Jun 17, 2010 at 1:31 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 58% of Americans--a solid majority--support Elena Kagan's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Writes the Washington Post: Kagan's support is "in line with previous successful nominees the past two decades."

Americans Confident in President Obama's Supreme Court Choice

Posted Apr 22, 2010 at 12:28 AM by Maurice Berger

A new Quinnipiac poll reports that 53% of American voters are "very confident" or "somewhat confident" that President Obama  will make the right decision in nominating a U.S. Supreme Court justice; 46% percent are "not too confident" or "not confident at all."

Americans Ill Informed About The US Supreme Court

Posted Jul 14, 2009 at 1:37 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a C-SPAN US Supreme Court survey, Americans know very little about the auspicious and powerful body. As Sonia Sotomayor's faces Senators in her confirmation hearing this week, the poll finds less than half of all Americans know the court has nine justices. In addition, just 46% of those surveyed could name any of the justices

Americans Back Confirmation Of Sotomayor

Posted Jun 15, 2009 at 2:28 AM by Maurice Berger

By a significant margin, Americans support the conformation of President Obama's nominee to the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor: By a margin of 46% to 32%, they support the confirmation of Sotomayor, according to a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll. Another 22% were undecided. There is a big partisan divide on the question: Republicans do not support confirmation by a 55% to 19% margin; Democrats back her 69% to 12%. Significantly, independents are largely in favor of confirmation, supporting Sotomayor 46% to 33%.

Sotomayor Enjoys Broad Support Within Obama Coalition

Posted Jun 05, 2009 at 1:54 AM by Maurice Berger

The very coalition that assured and strengthened Obama's win last November is now standing strongly behind the president's nominee for the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor: Boosted by large black, Hispanic and Jewish majorities, American voters approve--55% to 25%--President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Back in November, African-American support for Obama was well over 90%, Jewish support was just under 80%, and Hispanic support near the 70% mark.

Overall Americans Do Not Care About Diversity On The Supreme Court

Posted May 14, 2009 at 2:10 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Gallup poll, "despite the widely reported expectation that President Barack Obama will be looking for a qualified woman -- perhaps from a minority racial or ethnic group -- to fill the seat to be vacated by the retiring Justice David Souter, 64% of Americans say it doesn't matter to them whether Obama appoints a woman, with slightly higher percentages saying the same about the appointment of a black or Hispanic . . . Just 6% of Americans say it is "essential" that Obama appoint a woman, while another 26% say it would be "a good idea, but not essential."

Americans Want Experienced Jurist For US Supreme Court

Posted May 13, 2009 at 1:42 AM by Maurice Berger

Americans want their next Supreme Court justice to be experience and possess the highest level of legal skills, according to a new Rasmussen survey: "Forty-five percent (45%) of U.S. voters say the most important consideration in the selection of a U.S. Supreme Court justice is the nominee’s legal background and competence. For 27% of voters, making sure [the Court] represents the diversity of America is most important, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Nearly as many (23%) believe the nominee’s views on important issues should be the priority. Most Republicans (56%) and voters not affiliated with either major party (50%) stress legal skills as the most important factor in the choosing of a high court nominee. Among Democrats, however, just 34% agree. A plurality of Democrats (37%) say it is most important to make sure the court represents the nation’s diversity, while 23% say a nominee’s views are paramount."

42% Of Americans Think Obama's New Supreme Court Justice Will Be Too Liberal

Posted May 04, 2009 at 1:17 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new poll, 42% of U.S. voters believe the president’s nominee to replace retiring US Supreme Court Justice David Souter will be too liberal: "A nearly equal number—41%-- say his choice will be about right . . .  73% of Republicans and a plurality of voters not affiliated with either major party (46%) say the president’s first high court pick will be too liberal. 65% of Democratic voters expect his choice to be about right. 40% of voters think Obama believes Supreme Court justices should decide cases on the basis of fairness and justice. 36% say the president believes justices should rule based on what’s written in the U.S. Constitution. 24% are undecided."