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US: Supreme Court (Fox 4/6-7)

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Fox News / Opinion Dynamics
4/6-7/10; 900 registered voters, 35 margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Fox release)

National

When President Obama nominates the next justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, do you want him to nominate someone who is more of a liberal or someone who is more of a conservative
52% Conservative, 29% Liberal

If Senate Republicans strongly oppose the person President Obama nominates to be the next Supreme Court justice, do you think they should allow an up or down vote on the nominee, even if they might lose, or draw out the debate to prevent a vote and keep the nominee from being confirmed?
52% Allow up or down vote
26% Draw out debate to prevent vote

Who would you rather see as a Supreme Court Justice -- Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton?
33% Hillary, 30% Bill

Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court are given lifetime appointments, which means it is completely up to the individual justice when he or she retires. Do you think justices should continue to be allowed to serve as long as they want, or should there be a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices?
30% Should serve as long as they want
65% Should be mandatory retirement age

 

Comments

Seems like pretty lame questions to me.

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Farleftandproud:

There is a reason Americans don't elect supreme court justices, is that they are not supposed to be political in a liberal or conservative sense, it is how they interpret the law. Our justice system and the decisions the courts make don't always reflect public opinion. Stevens was appointed by Gerald Ford, not a president I would call a flaming liberal. It would be like seeing a nation disintigrating to think Obama would pick a judge who was more conservative than one picked by Gerald Ford.

I hope when the judicial hearings come up for Obama's next appointee, that the unlimited corporate ability to finance candidates, should come up. I have seen several polls where the latest supreme court decision by the usual 5 suspects on the right, vs the 4 on the left, was not popular.

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Farleftandproud:

THe mandatory retirement age, I would have no problem with for elected officials, but for justices, they may still want to serve at age 78, like Thurgood Marshall did and he had health problems and toughed it out until he was too sick to fulfil his job, and that resulted in GHW Bush's appointment of Clarence Thomas who changed the balance of power for the courts. There shouldn't be a mandatory retirement age, because the judge could turn a certain age while a president of opposing ideology is in office. If Scalia died suddenly, Obama would have to pick a more conservative judge, but had Ginsberg died while Bush was in office, who knows what kind of judge he would have picked.

I think a better idea would be to have a 10 year vote of confidence for judges.

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Stillow:

I just want to know if the GOP will filibuster or not....thats the only fun and intresting part about this whole topic.

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Farleftandproud:

I actually hope the GOP filibusters Obama's decision because it will only make them look like morons, and will also take time away from campaigning. Obama's last supreme court was not contreversial and I trust Obama he will pick someone who will have integrity and who people will like.

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Wong:

Will the Senate Democrats threaten to use the "nuclear option" when the specter of a filibuster rears it's head?

I've yet to see any evidence that the Senate leadership has grown a spine.

So your right Stillow, that will be interesting.

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jamesia:

These are dumb questions. The Supreme Court isn't a political matter, or even a matter of public opinion. The rulings of the Court are supposed to be reflective of laws rather than public opinion.

And of course the GOP will try to block whoever he nominates. The last nominee was completely non-threatening in every way and the GOP when batshit on her. The stakes are higher now because of recent legislative victories and how close we are to the elections, so look for tears from Beck or something.

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sjt22:

I just want to know if the GOP will filibuster or not....thats the only fun and intresting part about this whole topic

The smart money is on "yes".

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Stillow:

I don't see how you can use the nuclear option to break a filibuster for a judicial pick.

Dems always play much much dirtier than the GOP on judges....I'm still waiting for payback for Judge Bork years ago. And the Dems had no problems filibusterig Bush judges including Estrada....so I'd like to see them dig in and block the first pick just to show the left they can do it too.

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Field Marshal:

"I hope when the judicial hearings come up for Obama's next appointee, that the unlimited corporate ability to finance candidates, should come up."

That is not true. Corporate donations to candidates are still strictly forbidden. They can however donate to PACs or run their own advertisements.

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Lt. Cmdr. Walrus:

The Reps will try to make whoever Obama picks as unpalatable to the public as possible (par for the course no matter who is in power), but ultimately he/she will get through. It's too big of a risk for the Reps to use the fillibuster here.

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Stillow:

Dems are always whining about there leaders growing a spine. I'd like to see the GOP grow a spine too and filibuster....they have to let the Dems know they are willing to get down and dirty too....otherwise it always gives the Dems an advantage who have proven they are willing to use the filibuster.

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WATCH THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BslG7Vc_jN0

This is very strange.I have looked for the details of this poll that claims "52 percent of respondents said Obama's next Supreme Court nominee should be a conservative compared with 29 percent favoring a liberal". I can not find this question ANYWHERE. Here is a link to the poll from April 6-7, http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/040810_Obama_HC_2010_web.pdf , but it does not contain any question about a supreme court judge.

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Robert Freeman:

I doubt FAUX News methodologies. Who is in their "sample"? If its as fair and balanced as their news.....ITS PROBABLY BOGUS.

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