Poll: Senate Should Back John Roberts Despite Abortion Views

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 26, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 26, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new Gallup poll reveals that Americans don’t think the Senate should disqualify John Roberts from serving on the Supreme Court even if he opposes the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized unlimited abortion.

According to the poll, sponsored by CNN and USA Today, some 72 percent of respondents say that opposition to the Roe v. Wade decision shouldn’t disqualify a nominee. Just 25 percent believe a nominee’s opposition to Roe should be a disqualifying factor.

Some 61 percent of the public wants to hear more about Roberts’ abortion views, according to Gallup.

That tracks with a Washington Post-ABC News poll last week showing 64 percent want more information about Roberts and abortion and an Associated Press poll earlier last week showing 52 percent wanted Roberts to disclose his position on abortion during hearings.

Meanwhile, the Gallup survey, conducted from Friday to Sunday, shows Americans, by a 59 to 22 percent margin, say Roberts should be confirmed. The Washington Post-ABC News poll also found that 59 percent of the pubic backs Roberts and just 23 percent opposing him for the high court.

Gallup shows that 46 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Roberts and only 13 percent have a negative view of him. Some 19 percent are not familiar enough with him to have an opinion.