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Quinnipiac on the Court and Identity Politics

1:19 PM, May 29, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 54 percent of voters approve of Obama's pick of Sotomayor. The most interesting question, I think, in the poll is this:

Do you think making the Supreme Court look like the rest of the nation in terms of race, religion, ethnicity, and gender is more important than a justice's legal qualifications for the job, less important or about as important?

Fifty-four percent of Democrats say that race, religion, ethnicity, and gender is "about as important" or "more important" than legal qualifications; 76 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of independents say race, etc., is less important than legal qualifications.