A new Washington Post/ABC News poll out today asked respondents if the Senate “should or should not confirm” Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sixty-two percent said that the Senate “should” confirm her — the largest percentage offering support for a Supreme Court nominee in the Post/ABC’s polling since Clarence Thomas in Sept. 1991. This number includes a majority of independents (64 percent) and liberal/moderate Republicans (56 percent). And despite a recent Gallup poll finding that a majority of Americans consider themselves “pro-life” — which many conservatives touted as evidence of opposition to a woman’s right to choose — the Post/ABC poll found that 60 percent “want Sotomayor to vote to (uphold) Roe versus Wade,” the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that paved the way to legalized abortion.
Briseadh na Firefly Says: “This poll also shows that a majority are willing to either overlook, or agree with, Sotomayor’s statement about an Hispanic woman being better able to render decisions than a white male.”