October 13, 2005--Americans are evenly
divided as to whether or not Harriet Miers should be confirmed to
serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the latest Rasmussen
Reports survey finds that 65% believe she is likely to be confirmed.
Just 18% say that confirmation is not very likely or not at all
Despite vocal opposition from many
Republican activists, most Republicans across the county support the
President's selection. Fifty-four percent (54%) of the GOP faithful
say the President's nominee should be confirmed. Only 17% disagree.
Republicans supported the nomination of
John Roberts by a 64% to 11% margin.
Among Democrats. 39% say Miers should
not be confirmed while 17% take the opposite view. Those numbers are
very similar to the Democrats' view of Roberts.
Overall, 32% of Americans say Miers
should be confirmed while 28% disagree. A plurality, 40%, have no
That's a lower level of support than the
Roberts nomination received. On the eve of his confirmation
hearings, 39% thought Roberts should be confirmed while 26%
disagreed. Surveys earlier in the process showed slightly more
support for Roberts.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Americans
have a favorable opinion of Miers while 26% have an unfavorable
opinion. Men are more likely to have a positive opinion of her than
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The telephone survey of 600 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports October 12-13,
2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. 37% of survey
respondents were Republican, 37% Democrat, and 26% unaffiliated (see Methodology)