Public Opinion Frozen on Judicial
55% Oppose Retaliation by Dems in
May 14, 2005 --As the Judicial Nomination battle
moves to its final days in the U.S. Senate, two weeks of partisan
posturing have failed to change public opinion in a significant
Today, 57% of Americans say that "Senate rules
should be changed so that a vote must be taken on every person the
President nominates to become a judge." That's unchanged from
two weeks ago.
The only change of more than a point or
two in the data came when we asked about the threat of some
Democrats to procedurally shut down the Senate if the filibuster
rules are changed. Two weeks ago, 51% of Americans were opposed to
that strategy. Opposition to Democrats' retaliation has
increased to 55% in the current survey.
Democrats around the country are
divided on the strategy proposed by Senate Minority Leader Harry
Reid--41% in Reid's party support the threatened shutdown and
33% are opposed. That's little changed over the past week.
Republicans oppose the shutdown strategy
by a 10--to-1 margin. The GOP is more unified on
this point than they were two weeks ago.
Among those not affiliated with either
major party, 48% now oppose the Democrats' retaliation strategy, up
from 43% two weeks ago.
Other survey findings show that 49% now
believe that all of the President's nominees should be guaranteed an
up or down vote on the floor of the Senate.
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On the question of who they trust more
on this issue, Americans are now evenly divided. Forty-four percent (44%) of
Americans say they trust Democrats in the Senate more while 39% take
the opposite view and have more trust in the President.
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