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22% Like Filibuster Compromise

Survey of 1,000 Adults

May 26-27, 2005 

The Filibuster Compromise

Favorable 22%
Unfavorable 37%


14 Senators Who Structured the Filibuster

Favorable 27%
Unfavorable 31%



May 28, 2005--Just 22% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the filibuster compromise reached last week in the judicial nomination battle. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 American adults found that 37% have an unfavorable opinion.

Among those who have been following the story somewhat or very closely, 31% have a favorable view of the compromise. Fifty percent (50%) have an unfavorable opinion.

As for the "fourteen Senators who structured the filibuster compromise," 27% have a favorable opinion and 31% hold an unfavorable view. Among those following the story closely, 40% say favorable and 40% unfavorable.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans say they followed the news story somewhat or very closely. Demographic details are available for Premium Members.

Among Republicans, 21% have a favorable opinion of the compromise while 42% hold an unfavorable view. For Democrats, the numbers are 25% favorable and 35% unfavorable.

Twenty-six percent (26%) of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the fourteen Senators who made the deal. Thirty-six percent (36%) of the GOP faithful have an unfavorable opinion.

Democrats are less pessimistic in their assessment of the fourteen--30% of Harry Reid's party have a favorable opinion of that group of Senators, 29% unfavorable.

While Republicans are more negative in their assessment of the deal, 29% of voters believe the GOP got the better end of it. Just 21% think the Democrats came out ahead, while 28% said neither party won.

Republicans are evenly divided as to which party came out ahead. Democrats, by a 38% to 19% margin, say the GOP won.

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This survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports May 26-27, 2005.  The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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