by Steven Ertelt
January 13, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll reveals that Americans don’t think Judge Samuel Alito should be disqualified from serving on the Supreme Court if he is pro-life on the issue of abortion. This is despite repeated questioning from pro-abortion members of the Senate Judiciary Committee trying to trap the nominee into saying more than he should on the issue.
Conducted by the Public Opinion Strategies polling firm, the survey found 70 percent of women and 71 percent of men said Judge Alito should not be disqualified from serving on the U.S. Supreme Court if he is pro-life on abortion.
In general, respondents indicated that a well-qualified nominee for the Supreme Court should not be disqualified from serving for holding pro-life views. Some 66 percent of women and 71 percent of men agreed.
The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s political group, sponsored the survey and SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said it shows that Americans of all political stripes don’t want pro-life nominees disqualified.
“Our poll clearly shows that the majority of Americans, whether they are women or men, pro-life or pro-choice, republican or democrat, are regular church attenders or almost never go, do not believe a Supreme Court nominee should be disqualified if they are pro-life," she explained.
The poll found that even 56 percent of those who self-identified as "pro-choice" said Alito’s position on abortion should not disqualify him from serving on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The majority of Americans, including American women, want judges to enforce laws passed by the people and their elected representatives," Dannenfelser said. "They don’t want judges making up laws from the bench.”
Though respondents who favored abortion said Alito should be disqualified, abortion advocates don’t think women should be supporting a nominee like Alito.
A handful of pro-abortion activists disrupted a press conference last week in which the SBA List and other pro-life women’s groups expressed their support for Alito’s nomination.
The Public Opinion Strategies poll was taken on Jan. 10-12, had a sample of 800 likely voters, and a 3.46 margin of error.
Related web sites:
Susan B Anthony List – https://www.sba-list.org