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Posted on 03/16/2005 10:48:10 AM PST by Republican Red
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Contact: Mike Russell or Mark Coyle at 703-683-5004
Overwhelming Majority Favor Senate Vote on Judges
Eighty-two Percent of Voters Say Qualified Judges Should Get Up or Down Vote in Senate
Washington - A national, scientific survey of 800 registered voters reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that qualified candidates for our nations highest courts deserve and up or down vote in the in the US Senate. The survey further revealed that Americans want partisan politics removed from the judicial confirmation process and that our Judges should focus on applying existing laws and not attempt to make new law in the courtroom.
It is abundantly clear that the American people are tired of the partisan, political maneuvering and the unwarranted character assassinations against qualified candidates for the federal bench, said Wendy Long, Counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network. People see through these aggressive and negative attacks waged by some individuals and groups on the left and they want it to end. They want Senators to do their jobs and hold a straight, up or down vote on nominees based on their qualifications, not the baseless, negative rhetoric of the left.
When eighty two percent of the voting public says the Senate should give these nominees a fair vote based on their qualifications, Senators need to take notice, said Gary Marx, executive director of the Judicial Confirmation Network. We are actively communicating with thousands of citizens and dozens of grassroots organizations across the country who tell us that the Senators who play an active role in obstructing the confirmation process could well pay a hefty political price.
Highlights of the survey include:
Ayres - McHenry and Associates conducted the scientific telephone survey. A detailed memo from Whit Ayres to the JCN accompanies this release.
TO: Gary Marx and Wendy E. Long
Judicial Confirmation Network
FROM: Whit Ayres
DATE: March 15, 2005
RE: Republicans Should Welcome Judicial Confirmation Battles
A national survey our firm conducted of 800 registered voters March 6-9, 2005, with a margin of error of ±3.46 percent, indicates that Republicans should welcome a battle over confirming President Bush's nominees to the federal courts. Arguments made by supporters of those nominees garner overwhelming support, while arguments made by opponents of those nominees are highly suspect. Highlights of the survey include:
1. By overwhelming margins, Republican, Independent, and Democratic voters all think that well-qualified judicial nominees deserve an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate, and Senators have a constitutional duty to give them that vote.
By an eight-to-one margin, voters think that "if a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court is well-qualified, he or she deserves an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate." Eighty-one percent of voters agree with that statement, and only 10 percent disagree. Agreement cuts across partisan lines: Republicans agree by 83 to 6 percent, Independents agree by 80 to 11 percent, and Democrats agree by 81 to 13 percent.
Support for an up or down vote on the Senate floor for a Supreme Court nominee extends to a nominee for any federal judgeship. Eighty-two percent of voters agree that "if a nominee for any federal judgeship is well-qualified, he or she deserves an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate. Eighty-five percent of Republicans, 81 percent of Independents, and 81 percent of Democrats agree with that statement.
By similar margins, voters think that "Senators have a constitutional duty to give an up or down vote to a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court." By 78 to 12 percent, voters agree that Senators have a constitutional duty to vote. Eighty percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Independents, and 77 percent of Democrats agree with that statement.
It is clear that denying judicial nominees an up or down vote on the Senate floor violates Americans' fundamental sense of fairness, and makes Senators appear to be shirking their constitutional duties.
2. Voters want Supreme Court justices who will apply existing law, not make new law.
Seventy-five percent of voters agree that "President Bush should keep his promise made during the campaign to nominate a U.S. Supreme Court justice who will apply existing law, not make new law," while only 18 percent disagree. That statement generates agreement from 85 percent of Republicans, 75 percent of Independents, and 66 percent of Democrats.
3. Voters are overwhelmingly against recent examples of judges' activism.
4. Consequently, voters want decisions about controversial political issues made by their elected representatives, not by unelected judges.
By a margin of 65 to 25 percent, voters think that "decisions about political issues like gay marriage should be made by elected representatives, not by unelected judges." Republicans agree by 70 to 19 percent, Independents by 66 to 25 percent, and Democrats by 58 to 30 percent.
5. Voters of both parties, and Independent voters in particular, think "we should take politics out of the courts and out of the confirmation process."
Overall, 67 percent of voters agree we should take politics out of the courts and out of the confirmation process, while 26 percent disagree. Independents agree by 73 to 22 percent, Republicans do so by 69 to 25 percent, and Democrats agree by 61 to 31 percent.
6. Consequently, by almost a five-to-one margin, voters disagree that pro-life views on abortion should disqualify someone from serving on the U.S. Supreme Court.
When asked "if a well-qualified nominee is pro-life on abortion, he or she should be disqualified from serving on the U.S. Supreme Court," 79 percent of voters disagree, and only 16 percent agree. Republicans disagree with this statement by 81 to 16 percent, Independents disagree by 79 to 16 percent, and Democrats disagree by 77 to 17 percent.
7. On the other hand, voters reject assertions that a conservative nominee will roll back the clock on constitutional rights.
By a margin of 57 to 33 percent, voters disagree that "a conservative nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will roll back the clock on women's rights, civil rights, worker's rights, and the environment." Republicans disagree by 69 to 20 percent and Independents disagree by 59 to 33 percent, while Democrats agree, but by a margin of only 48 to 42 percent.
8. Voters of all political persuasions are very cynical about the motives of opponents of judicial nominees.
Seventy percent of voters think that Senators who are opposing judicial nominees are "just playing partisan politics," while 18 percent think they are "doing so out of a sincere concern about their qualifications." Republicans think they are just playing partisan politics by a 77 to 12 percent margin, Independents do so by 73 to 16 percent, and Democrats agree by 61 to 27 percent.
Judicial nomination battles are winning issues for Republicans. Voters overwhelmingly endorse the Republicans' fundamental argument that qualified nominees deserve an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate. Because they reject so strongly recent examples of judicial activism, voters want judges who apply rather than make new law, and they want decisions about controversial issues made by their elected representatives rather than unelected judges. They want politics out of the courts and the confirmation process; therefore they reject the suggestion that pro-life views should disqualify a judicial nominee. Republicans and Independents overwhelmingly reject the arguments of the left that a conservative nominee will roll back the clock on constitutional rights, and even Democrats barely endorse that assertion. Republicans, Independents, and Democrats all believe that opponents of judicial nominees are just playing partisan politics.
So Republicans should welcome judicial confirmation battles. They offer the opportunity to paint opponents of judicial nominees as blind obstructionists grinding a partisan ax. They give Republicans a chance to rise above seamy partisan politics to promote well-qualified judges who will resist the temptation to inject their own personal views into interpretations of the law. And they create an environment where Republicans can talk about what is good for the country and good for the courts, while their opponents talk about what is good for their own ideological special interest groups. On this issue, Republicans are supported by the overwhelming majority of American voters, while judicial opponents are supported by a distinct minority.
The sample for this survey consists of 800 respondents drawn randomly from throughout the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Respondents were selected by random digit dialing to insure that households with both listed and unlisted numbers are included. All respondents indicated they are registered to vote. The margin of error is ±3.46 percent.
Demographics of the sample are consistent with recent national surveys of registered voters. By gender, 48 percent of the respondents are male and 52 percent are female. By political party, 35 percent are Republican and 33 percent Democrat, with the remainder Independent or other. By race, the sample is 80 percent white, 10 percent African-American, 8 percent Hispanic, and 1 percent Asian.
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I hope Republican Senators are looking at this survey.
All the dem neocommunist Senators, not only the s**t-heads on the Judiciary Committee will have to participate in the dem treachery AND it will be on the record. Sure, the dems who are quitting have nothing to lose, but any one of them halucinating about higher office will be programming a Swift Boat Vets kind of ad.
Let's let the dems continue to prove what kind of losers the truly are! Blocking judges makes them look petty, mean-spirited, anything but bipartisan and destroys any pretense of statesmanship.
No worries, however, the dems will be true to form because they are losers and will do everything they can to block W's judges. They are stupid and petty (Reid!), care nothing about the nation and will continue to pee in the pool.
There is that, yes.
But as to the reality of the pole. I am one of those that believe all Presidential appointees are due a public recorded vote by the Senete. I do not believe that it is proper for the Senete to out of hand reject any appointee; of any political leaning. Allow them to be heard, to respond to questions and then vote. This is what I believe tha founding fathers of this country wanted.
I do not believe that a 60% majority is defined as a requirement for positive consent. I also do not find anywhere in the constitution the concept of filabuster.
Or has the Senete somehow decided that the constitution is no longer the basis for their powers, responsibilities, and the controlling force of Senete action.
Just let the Dem loonies block things after the "nuclear option" is effected. This will only hammer more nails in the party's coffin.
Did you hear that 'Pinky' Reid, 'Homo Chappaquiddus' Kennedy, and the rest of you sleazoids.
The Dems. are going to get buried, and they should.
Unleash he!! on these big mouth Donk obstructionists. They lost the last election and are going to have to start getting used to it.
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