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Survey of 1,000 Adults

April 19-20, 2005

American Judges...

Too Conservative 19%
Too Liberal 31%
In the Middle 40%


 Followed Judicial Nomination Stories

Very Closely 31%
Somewhat Closely 34%
Not Very Closely 24%
Not at All 7%


Should Every Nominee Receive a Vote?

Yes 45%
No 21%


Should Senate Rules Be Changed?

Yes 56%
No 26%


Who do you Trust More on Judicial Nominations?

President Bush 38%
Dems in Senate 44%


Plurality Says Most Judges in Ideological Center

Declining Support for Filibuster Rule Change

April 22, 2005 --Thirty-one percent (31%) of Americans believe that most of the nation's judges are too liberal, 19% say they are too conservative, and a plurality of 40% say the judges are somewhere in the middle.

Most Republicans (52%) say judges are too liberal. Among Democrats, 24% say most judges are too conservative, 16% say too liberal, and 48% believe they are somewhere in the middle. Demographic details are available for Premium Members.

While the partisan battle over judicial nominations rages in Washington, a Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 31% of Americans are following the story "very closely." Another 34% are following it "somewhat closely." That's little changed from a month ago.

Forty-five percent (45%) of Americans believe that every Presidential  nominee should receive an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate. That's down from 50% a month ago.

When asked if Senate rules should be changed to give every nominee a vote, 56% say yes and 26% say no. A month ago, those numbers were 59% and 22% respectively.

Forty-four percent (44%) of Americans say they trust Democrats in the Senate more than President Bush on this issue. Thirty-eight percent (38%) take the opposite view and have more trust in the President.

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