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New Poll Confirms Confusion About Alito's Views

by EDM Staff

A new Washington Post/ABC News Poll conducted 1/5-8 and released shortly after our post below affirms the conclusion that support of the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito is largely based on misunderstanding of his views and record. While 53 percent of respondents supported confirmation of Alito's nomination, with 27 percent opposed, 38 percent of those polled said they believed he would leave Roe v. Wade "as it is." Further, 68 percent of those supporting his confirmation said they believed he would "keep abortion law as it is."

Here's a clue for those who think Alito will uphold Roe v. Wade. Alito wrote in his application for a job in the Reagan Administration Justice Department:

"[I]t has been an honor and source of personal satisfaction for me to serve in the office of the Solicitor General during President Reaganís administration and to help advance legal positions in which I personally believe very strongly. I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court . . . that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

So far, Alito has not been candid and forthcoming about his views on abortion rights and other issues. In the WaPo/ABC News Poll, 60 percent said they planned to follow the hearings. This will be the Dems' best shot at holding Alito accountable for his views and record.