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  Zogby: Sotomayor barely wins hispanic approval
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Last EditedScott³  Jul 29, 2009 01:32am
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News DateWednesday, July 29, 2009 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"A new Zogby/O’Leary Report Poll confirms what JCN has been saying for a long time: The more the American public learns about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the more they will agree that she is a liberal judicial activist who will decide the “hard” cases based on personal politics and feelings.

According to the Zogby poll released Monday, less than half of Americans (49%) support Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation and an equal number oppose it. Hispanic voters are roughly split on Sotomayor, 47% in favor and 43% against, while Independent voters oppose her confirmation (55% to 44%) as do small business owners, (52% to 42%). Gun owners – who had considerable reason to oppose Judge Sotomayor after she refused to tell Senators the right to bear arms is a “fundamental right” – oppose her confirmation by more than a 2-1 margin, 67% to 30%. [The poll was conducted July 21-24, surveyed 4,470 voters, and has a margin-of-error of plus-or-minus 1.5 percentage points.]

These and other poll results show an overwhelming level of opposition to a Supreme Court nominee who, at the time of her nomination, was expected by some to be a shoo-in because of her life story and background. As Gallup announced recently in analysis of a separate poll, “[w]ith only 9% of Americans expressing no opinion about Sotomayor's fate, the lowest seen for any nominee, she now garners more opposition than any Supreme Court nominee of the past two decades, except for the unsuccessful Harriet Miers.”

In contrast, “[s]upport for [Samuel] Alito's confirmation grew after widely televised confirmation hearings,” said Gallup, with 54% of Americans expressing support and only 30% opposing. A poll conducted by Gallup after the Senate confirmation hearings for John Roberts found that 60% of Americans supported his confirmation and only 26% opposed."

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