Posts Tagged ‘Sotomayor’

A majority of unaffiliated voters, Republicans oppose Sotomayor confirmation to Supreme Court

Thursday, June 18th, 2009


Overall, 50% of voters have a favorable opinion of Sotomayor while 40% have an unfavorable view. Those figures include 21% with a very favorable opinion and 19% who offer a very unfavorable assessment.

Forty-four percent (44%) believe that Sotomayor is politically liberal while 36% view her as a moderate.

Rasmussen: Support for Sotomayor down, only 41% now favor confirmation of Sotomayor while 36% are opposed; a week ago, figures were 45% and 29%

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Forty-eight percent (48%) of all voters have a favorable opinion of Sotomayor, virtually unchanged from 49% a week ago. However, the number with an unfavorable opinion has grown from 36% a week ago to 44% today.

Twenty-one percent (21%) now have a Very Favorable opinion, up a point from last week.

Twenty-three percent (23%) hold a Very Unfavorable view, up six from a week ago.

Forty-eight percent (48%) hold their views less firmly. Among this group, Democrats are more likely to say they Somewhat Approve while Republicans Somewhat Disapprove.

Forty-six percent (46%) believe that Sotomayor is politically liberal while 37% view her as a moderate. A week ago, those figures were 43% and 32% respectively.

Rich Lowry, How to Oppose Sotomayor: ‘Don’t call her names, and yes, ‘stupid’ and ‘racist’ are names;’ ‘she should be vigorously opposed on grounds of her judicial record and of that Latina Lecture and similar statements’

Saturday, May 30th, 2009


I find the attempt to shut down the debate over Sotomayor by crying racism and crowing over the supposed fatal political damage Republicans will do to themselves by opposing her bullying and outrageous. But we do have to be smart about this.

My advice, which tracks with that of others today, is: 1) Don’t call her names, and yes, “stupid” and “racist” are names; 2) Don’t whine about the double standard when a) it’s just a fact that a white male can’t say the kind of things she did in her “Latina lecture” and survive (if you don’t understand why, you haven’t paid attention to American history) and b) liberal Democrats can get away with viciously opposing a Latino nominee like Miguel Estrada without paying a real political price because Latinos aren’t primed to believe that liberal Democrats are hostile to them and their interests (plus, the public doesn’t really pay attention to appeals-court nominees); 3) Do treat her personally with an extra measure of respect because old-fashioned people – and thank goodness, there are still a lot of them out there – will expect a woman to get more deference than a man.