Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans believe Roberts should
be confirmed, little changed from the 40% who held that view in
August. Twenty-six percent (26%) say he should not be confirmed, up from
21% in the prior survey.
Republicans, by a 64% to 11% margin, believe Roberts should
be approved. Democrats disagree, by a 39% to 22% margin. Unaffiliateds
are evenly divided.
The confirmation debate has attracted a modest
level of public interest. Just 56% say that they are
following news stories on the Roberts confirmation somewhat or very
closely. That's roughly the same level of interest as the
Cindy Sheehan story.
An earlier survey found that just
of Americans Consider
Supreme Court Justice O'Connor
as politically conservative. Roberts was initially nominated to
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Say Supreme Court Too Hostile Towards Religion
Have Favorable Opinion of Supreme Court
Say Dem Senators Should Confirm Qualified
Like Filibuster Compromise
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 10-11, 2005.
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Respondents were Republicans and 37%
were Democrats. The margin of
sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95%
level of confidence (see Methodology)