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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-28-07 07:32 PM
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WP/ABC Poll: Growing number of Americans say Bush judges make Supreme Court "too conservative"
Fewer See Balance in Court's Decisions
Bush Nominees Have Made Panel 'Too Conservative' for Many, Poll Indicates
By Robert Barnes and Jon Cohen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, July 29, 2007; Page A03


Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., left, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. have proved to be reliably conservative justices. (By Lucian Perkins -- The Washington Post)

About half of the public thinks the Supreme Court is generally balanced in its decisions, but a growing number of Americans say the court has become "too conservative" in the two years since President Bush began nominating justices, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Nearly a third of the public -- 31 percent -- thinks the court is too far to the right, a noticeable jump since the question was last asked in July 2005. That's when Bush nominated John G. Roberts Jr. to the court and, in the six-month period that followed, the Senate approved Roberts as chief justice and confirmed Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

The two have proved to be reliably conservative justices, and the increasingly polarized court this year moved to uphold restraints on abortion, restrict student speech rights and limit the ability of school districts to use race in student assignments, among other issues.

The public seems to have noticed the shift. The percentage who said the court is "too conservative" grew from 19 percent to 31 percent in the past two years, while those who said it is "generally balanced in its decisions" declined from 55 percent to 47 percent.

"I think it shows that we're at a tipping point in time," said Ralph G. Neas, president of the liberal People for the American Way. "And it's why a major priority for us over the next 16 months will be to emphasize the importance of the Supreme Court and why it should be an important factor in voting for president."...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-28-07 08:25 PM
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1. They lied to Congress and should be impeached.
Which I doubt will happen even though they deserve it.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-28-07 09:41 PM
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2. I think it's significant, though, that the nature of Bush's court is sinking in to people.
It's not that easy to convince the general public that something's not right re. our system, like a lack of balance in the Court. That requires the kind of thought that I don't think many have the interest and/or time to engage in.
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