Plurality Support Samuel Alito for Supreme Court, Want Abortion Views

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 12, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 12, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A new poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute finds a plurality of Americans support the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. A majority also want to know specifically where he stands on the issue of abortion.

Some 41 percent say they approve Alito’s nomination while just 27 percent disapprove. A large 33 percent of Americans still are unsure whether they support or oppose his nomination.

According to the Quinnipiac poll, 26 percent of those polled say Alito’s views are too conservative on issues like abortion and 8 percent say he’s not conservative enough. About 39 percent said his views are just right and 27 percent said they were unsure.

On the issue of abortion, 55 percent said Alito should state his position during hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which are expected to begin January 9. Thirty-five percent said he should not and 10 percent are not sure.

In October, President Bush nominated Alito, a 15 year veteran of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Abortion has become a top issue in his nomination battle as both sides in the abortion debate have been focused on his rulings as well as two memos he wrote in 1985 while working for the Reagan administration.

The memos show Alito saying there is no right to abortion in the Constitution and urging the Reagan administration to use a Supreme Court case to limit abortions until Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Most pro-life organizations back Alito’s nomination or are taking no position while abortion advocacy groups strongly oppose his nomination.