July 8, 2005--While some Senate Democrats
describe Sandra Day O'Connor as a "mainstream conservative," just
17% of voters consider the retiring Supreme Court Justice to be a
conservative of any kind. Nearly as many, 13%, view her as
A Rasmussen Reports survey found
that most Americans, 56%, see Justice O'Connor as a moderate.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of
American voters have a favorable opinion of the first woman to serve
on the U.S. Supreme Court. Twenty percent (20%) have an unfavorable
A related story found that 42% of
American voters have a favorable opinion of the
The Reagan appointee draws
better reviews from liberals than conservatives. Fifty-eight percent
(58%) self-identified liberals have a favorable opinion of O'Connor
while 15% have an unfavorable view.
Among conservatives, the numbers are 47% favorable
and 30% unfavorable. Among those who describe themselves as very
conservative, 39% say favorable and 39% unfavorable.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of men
have a favorable opinion of O'Connor along with 53% of women.
Among Democrats, 58% have a
favorable view. Among Republicans, that figure is 50%.
Rasmussen Reports will issue
additional data on the Supreme Court transition and nomination
process in the coming days.
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This survey of 1,000 Adults
was conducted by Rasmussen Reports July 7, 2005. The margin
of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of