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May 23, 2005
Rassmussen: 57% Support Byrd Option

I missed this Rassmussen survey last week when it first came out. Based on their polling between May 12-13, Rassmussen reports that 57% of all Americans support changing Senate rules to ensure up or down votes by the full Senate on judicial nominees:

As the Judicial Nomination battle moves to its final days in the U.S. Senate, two weeks of partisan posturing have failed to change public opinion in a significant manner.

Today, 57% of Americans say that "Senate rules should be changed so that a vote must be taken on every person the President nominates to become a judge." That's unchanged from two weeks ago.

The only change of more than a point or two in the data came when we asked about the threat of some Democrats to procedurally shut down the Senate if the filibuster rules are changed. Two weeks ago, 51% of Americans were opposed to that strategy. Opposition to Democrats' retaliation has increased to 55% in the current survey.

Perhaps all the so-called "moderates" trying to compromise in order to allow for filibusters should understand that obstructionism doesn't play well with the electorate. The Democrats certainly read this report. No wonder they've backed off their threat to slow down or stop the Senate from conducting business if they lose. (h/t: Sun)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 23, 2005 4:00 PM

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