October 21, 2005--Public perceptions of Harriet Miers
are a bit more pessimistic than they were last week but 64% of
Americans still believe she is likely to be confirmed and serve on
the United States Supreme Court.
A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 21% say confirmation is not very likely or not at all
Confirmation is expected even though
just 30% of Americans believe Miers should be confirmed. Thirty-four
percent (34%) take the opposite view say oppose confirmation. The
previous Rasmussen Reports survey
found 32% in favor of confirmation and 28% opposed.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of Republicans
say the President's nominee should be confirmed. That's down from
54% a week ago. Twenty percent (20%) of the GOP faithful oppose the
nomination, up from 17% a week ago.
Republicans supported the nomination of
John Roberts by a 64% to 11% margin.
Among Democrats. 40% say Miers should
not be confirmed while 20% take the opposite view. Those numbers are
very similar to the Democrats' view of Roberts.
Thirty percent (30%) of Americans
have a favorable opinion of Miers while 35% have an unfavorable
opinion. Last week, those numbers were 28% favorable and 26%
unfavorable. Only time will tell if the nine point rise in
unfavorable opinions is a one-time shift or the beginning of a
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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)