Polls Show Public Support for Sotomayor

Several recent polls suggest that the public supports Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. A USA Today/Gallup Poll released Monday found that 54% of respondents are in favor of Sotomayor’s confirmation, 28% are not in favor, and 19% have no opinion. Also released this week, an Associated Press/GfK poll (see PDF), found that 50% of respondents favor confirmation, 22% are against confirmation, and 27% have no opinion.

President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court in May. Sotomayor was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of New York by former President George H.W. Bush and was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by former President Bill Clinton. She graduated from Princeton and attended law school at Yale, where she was editor of the law review.

If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the third woman and the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is currently the only woman seated on the Court. Former justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired in 2005.

The USA Today/Gallup poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.0 points and interviewed 1,015 adults over the telephone between May 29th and May 31st. The Associated Press/GfK poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 points and interviewed 1,000 adults over the telephone between May 28th and June 1st.


Associated Press GfK Poll 6/2/09; Gallup 6/2/09; Feminist Daily Newswire 5/26/09

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