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
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
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