August 5th, 2009
12:47 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Majority say confirm Sotomayor to Supreme Court

A majority of Americans now think the Senate should confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court justice.
A majority of Americans now think the Senate should confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court justice.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A majority of Americans now think the Senate should confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court justice according to a new national poll released Wednesday, as the full Senate debates the judge's nomination to the high court.

Fifty-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say the Senate should confirm Sotomayor, with 36 percent opposed. The 51 percent who back Sotomayor is up four points from a poll in June.

The poll suggests the rise in support is coming from women.

"Among men, there has been virtually no change in attitudes toward Sotomayor. Among women, however, support for Sotomayor's nomination appears on the rise - from 47 percent in June to 55 percent now," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll also indicates a wide partisan divide over President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, with nearly three out of four Democrats saying that Sotomayor should be confirmed.

"Not surprisingly, there is a big partisan split on Sotomayor's nomination, with only a quarter of Republicans supporting her," adds Holland

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation telephone poll of 1,136 Americans was conducted Friday through Monday, 7/31-8/3. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Mississippi Girl

    For all those senators who are planning on NOT voting: She only has one vote on the court.. Are you all that afraid that she can somehow use her Latina powers and convince the other to vote her way or the highway?? Laughable, be honest with yourselves and the public and say why you really don't want to vote her in.

    August 5, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. geecee

    She's in. And Obama will most likely get to choose at least one more Superior Court Justice before his terms as POTUS are up. He made an excellent choice this time, and no doubt, will do so again.

    August 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Diversity is what made this country so great.

    August 5, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    This is a rubber stamp confirmation of a far left-wing judge. We, the minority, have no say anymore.

    August 5, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I guess I'm in the minority again. But like Mark Twain or was it Groucho Marx? Hmmm, said "if I ever find myself in the majority view, it is time to change to the opposition".

    August 5, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. unshrub

    Diversity is what has made our country so great.

    August 5, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Malcolm in St Louis

    Great news! The Repugs have annoyed both women and hispanics with one vote.

    They are really heading for the margins.

    The hearings were a joke. No serious discussions of all the decisions she had been involved in. Just a simple minded focus on the Firefighter exams in Connecticut and the Wise Latina quote.

    August 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Shingo

    And so we will see if the GOP votes as a party block giving their allegiance to the party or the will of their constinuents.

    August 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. jrzshor

    when this democrat tide turns as it will, will people support the republican nominee's (just like they have done in the past??)?

    August 5, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. LG - the G is for Gonzalez

    The GOP is way out of touch on a lot of things, especially about the diversity of America. Too bad they're ideology is monochromatic.

    August 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Willy Brown, you are in a world all your own. Enjoy yourself!!!!

    August 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Rob Johnson

    All the hot air and bluster the GOP wasted on Sotomayor may have earned them some points with the base, but in the end, accomplished absolutely nothing, and may have permanently lost them the Hispanic vote. Nice strategy, guys, very well thought out.

    My prediction of 72 votes in favor of Sotomayor looks pretty good.

    August 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Denise

    Yet, the GOP think the exact opposite.

    August 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    cry me more tears GOPers!!! they are sweet sweet ambrosia for my soul!!!

    August 5, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Priscilla

    She indeed should be confirmed. Republicans just can't stop fighting President Obama. This is a personal things against President Obama. Republicans know that Sotomayor is the best choice but they just can't bring themselves around to say it. They are afraid they will give President Obama some browny points.

    August 5, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Jane

    The repubs would rather confirm an idiot like Palin to the Supreme Court so they could brain wash her. NOT an intelligent woman!

    You old white guys are on your way out of causing discrimination in this world, can;t wait until you all retire so we can have a productive world/workforce.

    August 5, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Josh in TN

    She will be great on the court. May the Repubs loose for ever

    August 5, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Shawn from MD

    She has to be confirmed. And she will be confirmed. CNN, did we really need yet another poll on this?

    August 5, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Jim in New Mexico

    Sotomayor is just a puppet of the socialist fascist crowd that wants to complete the desttruction of the Constitution with its checks and balances that stand in the way of their takeover of government, businesses, families and individuals and elimination of liberty and freedom. Read Levin's Men in Black to understand the choreographed destruction of the Constitution through Supreme Court appointments by both Democrats and Republicans, two faces of the same fascist coin.

    August 5, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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