Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sotomayor, Obama and Dems favored by public

More than six in ten Americans support confirming Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, according to a new Washington Post and ABC News poll. That's the highest rating a nominee has received since Clarence Thomas.

But Republicans remain skeptical -- only 36 percent want to see her confirmed.

What should be more troubling to Republicans, however, is the view Americans have on Roe v. Wade. According to the poll, six in ten once again would like to see Sotomayor uphold the landmark case that preserved the right for women to choose whether or not they should have an abortion. Among Republicans in the poll, men opposed such an idea, but women were split, with half believing that the precedent should stand.

Also from the poll, a majority of Americans approve of Barack Obama's job performance (65 percent), with the president receiving positive reviews in his handling of the economy (56 percent), health care (53 percent), and international affairs (a whopping 61 percent). Democrats in general received a 53 percent approval rating.

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