New Polls Show Sotomayor Starting Off Confirmation Process In Good Shape

Two new national polls show that Sonia Sotomayor is starting out the confirmation process with solid ratings among the American public — a sign that the initial wave of right-wing attacks doesn’t seem to be working.

In the new Gallup poll, 47% of Americans rated President Obama’s choice of Sotomayor as either excellent or good, compared to only 33% who characterize it was fair or poor, and 20% with no opinion.

In the Rasmussen poll, Sotomayor has a 49% favorable rating among likely voters, against 36% unfavorable. In addition, 45% of likely voters said the Senate should confirm her, to 29% who say they should not, and 26% who don’t know. Even more telling, 59% say it is very likely she will be confirmed, 28% say it is somewhat likely — and only 4% say it is not very likely and 1% not likely at all.

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