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November 4, 2005

Alito: too moderate for wingnuts

As goes Bush, as went Miers, so goes Alito—even among the faithful:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Early support for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is considerably weaker among such key groups as evangelicals, Republicans and the wealthy than it was for John Roberts, an AP-Ipsos poll found.

The survey put public sentiment for Alito closer to the level of early backing for the failed nomination of Harriet Miers.

About four in 10 respondents - 38 percent - say they back the confirmation of Alito, a federal appeals court judge from Philadelphia. Twenty-two percent say they strongly support him.
For Roberts, now the chief justice, 47 percent said in July that they supported his confirmation, 36 percent strongly.
Almost two-thirds of evangelicals supported Roberts’ confirmation with half strongly backing him. For Alito, about half of evangelicals support his confirmation, one-third strongly. There were similar drops among Republicans and among people who make more than $75,000 a year.

Apparently one in five Democrats say Alito should be confirmed, and roughly twice as many say he should not.

I have no idea why around 60% of Dems are either pro-Alito or on the fence. I guess the message on his record clearly isn’t getting out there.

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