A poll conducted after Harriet Miers announced her withdrawal from consideration as a Supreme Court nominee found that 59 percent of Americans still feel it is important for a woman to fill Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat on the Supreme Court. “The faux nomination of Harriet Miers doesn’t count as the woman appointment to fill O’Connor’s seat,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “The era of tokenism on the Supreme Court is over. We cannot go back to only one woman Supreme Court justice.”
The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll also found that 55 percent of liberals were pleased with Miers’ withdrawal, while only 34 percent of conservatives were pleased. Similarly, 55 percent of Democrats but only 31 percent of Republicans were pleased with Miers’ withdrawal. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that Miers’ withdrawal of her nomination to the Supreme Court was a setback for the Bush Administration.