Depending on the goal of the Bush administration, they either moderately succeeded or failed in their nomination of Sam Alito. If their goal was to appoint a conservative jurist who stands a good chance at confirmation, then they have likely won. If their goal was to change the subject away from the disastrous year the Republican Party has had, and box Democrats into a corner, then they have likely failed. Harry Reid's gutsy decision to shut down the Senate (and draw most of the media attention away from Alito's victory waltz ) was the first signal, and these poll numbers are another.
WASHINGTON -- Early support for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is considerably weaker among such key groups as evangelicals, Republicans and the wealthy than it was for John Roberts, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
The survey put public sentiment for Alito closer to the level of early backing for the failed nomination of Harriet Miers.
About four in 10 respondents - 38 percent - say they back the confirmation of Alito, a federal appeals court judge from Philadelphia. Twenty-two percent say they strongly support him.
For Roberts, now the chief justice, 47 percent said in July that they supported his confirmation, 36 percent strongly.