May 29th, 2009
12:58 PM ET
9 years ago

Poll: Majority approve of Sotomayor nomination

According to a new poll, 54 percent of Americans approve of Sonia Sotomayor as President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

According to a new poll, 54 percent of Americans approve of Sonia Sotomayor as President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans approve of President Barack Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Fifty-four percent of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Friday approve of Obama's choice, 24 percent disapprove and 22 percent are undecided.

In a Gallup poll conducted in the hours after Tuesday's nomination announcement, 47 percent of those questioned said they rated Sotomayor as an excellent or good choice for the high court, with one in three respondents saying she is a fair or poor nominee. One in five had no opinion.

The Quinnipiac University survey suggests that Democrats overwhelmingly back the Sotomayor nomination, and that Republicans oppose it by a 46 percent to 26 percent margin.

The poll also indicates that nearly six out of 10 women back the pick, with 18 percent of the women questioned opposed. Forty-eight percent of men questioned say they approve of the Sotomayor nomination, with 31 pecent opposed.

If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor would become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. A third of those polled say that's very important, 36 percent feel it's somewhat important and one in four say it's not very important.

But by a much larger margin, those questioned do suggest that Sotomayor's background was a major factor in her nomination.

"Seven in 10 think that Judge Sotomayor's Hispanic heritage played a big role in President Obama's decision to nominate her," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

As for the pending confirmation process: 47 percent of those questioned say senators should consider only Sotomayor's legal qualification in deciding whether to support her nomination, while 43 percent say senators should consider her views on such issues as abortion and affirmative action.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted May 26-28, with 1,438 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Sonia Sotomayor is a truly great choice. I am proud that my country can produce such talented people. I am equally proud that my President publically recognizes her ability. However I am ashamed of her opponents who are trying so hard to discredit her. What the Hell are they so scared of? Intelligence? Ability?

    May 29, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    the republican party needs to note of what they are doing to their party.
    just about every issue that involves republican feedback has the word no attached to it. apparently, RNC chair Steele believes it fine to allow gingrich and limbaugh to speak for their party. voters have to question why the republican party is taking issue with Sotomayor, since she is going to replace another democrat in a supreme court that is still slanted to the conservative side of politics. the damage to the republican party apparently will continue in the 2010 elections. when is the republican party going to help turn our country around, taking issue with a supreme court nomination is not going to help them especially when a majority of individuals in our country approve of president obama's choice.

    May 29, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    Americans love a bigot. Just look who they elected.

    May 29, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Jim

    Hey CNN, polling before vetting...just like Obama huh??

    May 29, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. lcleejr

    when all is said and done, sotomayor will be the next member of the supreme court. we have to wonder why republican politicians are taking such a strong stance against president obama's choice???

    May 29, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Fred Moore

    The fact that Sotomayor is a La Raza supporter invalidates her Supreme Court nomination 100%. This group wants to "give away" the American dream to Latinos. Latinos need to earn it like the other immigrants who come here and paid the price for success. Send all illegals home immediately and let them come back when they earn their rights as an American. Latinos shouldn't be given such preferential treatment.

    May 29, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. mike

    What about all the garbage Rush Has said over the years!
    Rush is a racist, and look at how the GOP loves him!

    May 29, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Rev. Huckabee tells us that Michael Steele was voted to lead the RNC because he is black, and thus cant be seen as a racist when attacking President Obama. So is the good reverend a racist?

    May 29, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. JD

    Sotomayor's controversial remark emphasizes the importance of weighing RICHNESS OF EXPERIENCE over appearance. We should heed her advice.

    May 29, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Claudia in Houson

    Guess what, the best by the Democrats is yet to come. Amen.

    May 29, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. sue


    Here's a little help in saying her name: put your lips together then say: Okey stop crying republicans here take this pill compliments from drugie...Rush Limblah...weeeeee.

    May 29, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Evie Lafferly

    I suppose this is as good as comes from the liberal left of this country, if that says anything to any wise person.

    May 29, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. mike

    Rush At His Best;

    The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.
    Now Limbaugh is saying that an organization with a storied tradition of representing the positive black people for change in their communities are criminals and rioters. An organization that has been represented by intelligent professional African Americans, that has played a part in the Civil Rights movement and continues to be an intelligent, concerned voice for the African American community is degraded to common criminals. There you go Rush. Keep racism alive!!!!

    May 29, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. JA/TN

    of course, those opposing are the true racist

    May 29, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. mike

    Rush throwing stones, why?

    7. They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?
    Decent human beings care Rush. Someone out of that 12% may just become President of the United States. Not caring about black people? Even George Bush wouldn’t admit to that.

    May 29, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. nelson

    I really doubt that poll result.. another cnn bs result. She is a racist and that is all that I have to say...

    May 29, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. mike

    Rush remember this;

    2. You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed.
    Martin Luther King is a national hero, not a black hero. Everybody in the United States celebrates his birthday, children are taught to look up to him as a hero in school. He’s earned the respect and admiration of the world and you believe the man who killed him was a hero? This is beyond racist. This is evil, mean spirited, subhuman. Praising the assassin of one of our great American heroes is beyond the scope of regular racism.

    May 29, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Vicki

    She's a female Obama – a radical racist marxist with no experience of credentials to be qualified as a Supreme court Justice. She is very partial and that alone should disqualify her. Look at what the Democrats did to Gonzalez and Justice Thomas – 20 x more qualified.

    May 29, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Born Again Pagan

    @ single mom,

    Honey, did you even read the attached article? It doesn't seem as if you did.

    May 29, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. mike

    Mr. Super Racism Himself.

    Rush Racist!

    May 29, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Dawn

    Everybody is getting so upset about the "race" factor. Has everyone forgotten that she brought it up first? If she didn't want to be attacked for reverse racism, she shouldn't have brought her race and gender up as being better than someone elses. I would love to see another woman able to fill this position if she were well qualified, as I am a woman, but I have no confidence in her. It seems many other Americans feel the same way, so I say pick another and move on. After all it seems to me that since we have elected a mixed race president, that America as a whole is slowly growing up and I hope that this trend continues. I say elect the most qualified! I could care less about your gender and/or sex. But she does seem a bit racist and we don't have the room for tolerence for someone like her right now in a government which has already lost the respect of so many people all around the world.

    May 29, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Vicki

    The RNC need fresh new blood and a defining explanation of who they are and what they believe in – something that they never got across. Uphold our Constitution. That's it.

    May 29, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA May 29th, 2009 1:04 pm ET
    When will the republicans stop making talking points off of sound bytes?
    As soon as the democrats stop making ridculous sound bytes, speeches, get my point!

    May 29, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. deb0155

    They didn't ask me! I'm not for her! She's a racist!

    May 29, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    CJ May 29th, 2009 1:58 pm ET
    One of the ugliest women I have ever seen.
    Ridiculous! That has nothing to do with this! Stay on point! The grown ups are talking about her history as a Judge! The children are talking about her race, gender, and looks!

    May 29, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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