Sixty-two Percent say Sotomayor Should be Confirmed to Supreme Court

By Jorge Rivas Jun 29, 2009

via Think Progress A new Washington Post/ABC News poll out today asked respondents if the Senate “should or should not confirm” Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Sixty-two percent said that the Senate “should” confirm her — the largest percentage offering support for a Supreme Court nominee in the Post/ABC’s polling since Clarence Thomas in Sept. 1991. This number includes a majority of independents (64 percent) and liberal/moderate Republicans (56 percent). And despite a recent Gallup poll finding that a majority of Americans consider themselves “pro-life” — which many conservatives touted as evidence of opposition to a woman’s right to choose — the Post/ABC poll found that 60 percent “want Sotomayor to vote to (uphold) Roe versus Wade,” the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that paved the way to legalized abortion.