Wednesday :: May 25, 2005

Roe V. Wade And Stem Cell Research Can Help Democrats Next Year


by Steve

(Thanks to PollingReport.com for the graphic)

Another poll, another Bush low-water mark. This time, the latest Quinnipiac University nationwide poll, out today and taken through Monday, shows Bush’s approval rating falling to its all-time low for this poll of 44%, with 50% now disapproving of his performance.

The poll also identified one issue Democrats can use to turn the filibuster debate firmly in their favor and to blunt any future attempt by Bush to stack another conservative onto the Supreme Court: Roe v. Wade.

While American voters have mixed opinions about abortion, they support the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision 63 - 33 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Men support it 68 - 28 percent, while women support it 58 - 37 percent.
Voters nationwide approve 44 - 39 percent of the job the U.S. Supreme Court is doing, the lowest score for the court and down from a 56 - 27 percent approval in a March 5, 2003, poll by the independent Quinnipiac University.
As President George W. Bush makes future Supreme Court nominations, 39 percent of Americans want to maintain the present ideological balance on the court, while 29 percent want the court to be more liberal and 27 percent want it to be more conservative.
"While the filibuster fight ended in a truce, most American voters were backing the Democrats on this one," said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "If this fight were really about Roe v. Wade, Quinnipiac University polls have shown a consistent 2 -1 support for this historic ruling, with more support from men."

Who'da thunk that the Dems could use Roe v. Wade to get Bubba back into their column next year?

Voters also say 60 - 34 percent that a nominee to any federal judgeship should state his or her position on abortion.
"The Supreme Court doesn't listen to the people, but it should, most Americans say. And despite what the lawyers and legislators say, Americans want to know where judicial nominees stand on abortion," Carroll said.

Frankly, I am surprised at these findings, but the facts are there for all to see. It was true in 2000 and again in 2004 that Democrats failed to hammer repeatedly how a Bush presidency would damage the federal courts generally and Roe v. Wade specifically. While the filibuster debate is still somewhat fresh in voters’ minds, this poll points to a good 2006 campaign issue for the Democrats. Coupled with Bush’s likely veto of any stem-cell bill that leaves Congress and the anticipated failure of the GOP to overturn such a veto, these two issues can be married together for a potent argument next year, especially with independents, about how out of touch Bush and the GOP are with everyday voters while they are leashed to the far right fringe in this country. Bush would find himself on the wrong side of two "moral values" issues next year.

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