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Plurality Says Supreme Court in Ideological Center

Most Say Senate Rules Should Be Changed


Survey of 1,000 Adults

March 17-18, 2005

Is Supreme Court...

Too Conservative 24%
Too Liberal 28%
In the Middle 38%

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 Followed Judicial Nomination Stories

Very Closely 29%
Somewhat Closely 36%
Not Very Closely 25%
Not at All 8%

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Should Every Nominee Receive a Vote?

Yes 50%
No 18%

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Should Senate Rules Be Changed?

Yes 59%
No 22%

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Who do you Trust More on Judicial Nominations?

President Bush 43%
Dems in Senate 44%

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March 20, 2005 --Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Americans believe the Supreme Court is too liberal, 24% say it is too conservative, and 38% say it is somewhere in the middle.

While the partisan battle over judicial nominations rages in Washington, a Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 29% of Americans are following the story "very closely." Another 36% are following it "somewhat closely." Republicans are paying a bit more attention than Democrats or those not affiliated with either party.

Fifty percent (50%) of Americans believe that every Presidential  nominee should receive an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate. Just 18% disagree.

When asked if Senate rules should be changed to give every nominee a vote, 59% say yes and 22% say no. The majority view is shared by 61% of Republicans, 59% of Democrats, and 56% of unaffiliateds.

Forty-four percent (44%) of Americans say they trust Democrats in the Senate more than President Bush on this issue. Forty-three percent (43%) take the opposite view and have more trust in the President.

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