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Survey of 1,000 Adults

May 12-13, 2005

 Followed Judicial Nomination Stories

Very Closely 31%
Somewhat Closely 35%
Not Very Closely 22%
Not at All 10%


Should Every Nominee Receive a Vote?

Yes 49%
No 23%


Should Senate Rules Be Changed?

Yes 57%
No 25%


If Rules are Changed,

Should Democrats Shut Down Senate?

Yes 25%
No 55%


Who do you Trust More on Judicial Nominations?

President Bush 39%
Dems in Senate 44%


Public Opinion Frozen on Judicial Nomination Battle

55% Oppose Retaliation by Dems in Senate

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 manner.

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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