Americans Overwhelmingly Like Sonia Sotomayor
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Jun 03, 2009 at 03:51:41 AM EDT
Watching the cable nets it might seem as though as many people -- if not more -- oppose Sonia Sotomayor as support her, looking at the actual numbers it turns out that Americans overwhelmingly support her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. Here's the Associated Press:
Americans have a more favorable first impression of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor than they did for any of President George W. Bush's choices for the high court, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Specifically, AP polling found that half the country supports Sotomayor's nomination, compared with just 22 percent who oppose it -- numbers that largely gibe with the data received separately by Gallup:
Americans are generally supportive of President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. A majority of Americans, 54%, say they would like to see the Senate confirm her to the Court, according to a May 29-31 USA Today/Gallup poll. Currently, 28% are against her confirmation and 19% have not yet formed an opinion.
With numbers like these, it's not hard to see why even Republican Senators are talking up the possibility that Sotomayor could receive 75 votes in the Senate. And certainly, with the overwhelming proportion of the country supporting rather than opposing her nomination, it's moving from difficult to nearly impossible to see a path to the GOP mustering up the votes necessary to keep her off the Court.