Poll: Americans support Sotomayor confirmation, 54/28

So far, despite the news about those statements, Americans do not view Sotomayor as an extreme nominee. Just 28% believe she would be “too liberal” as a Supreme Court justice, while the plurality of 48% say she would be “about right.” This is similar to what Gallup has found when asking about prior nominees — about half have said the nominee’s rulings would be appropriate, with smaller minorities believing they would be too liberal or too conservative, depending on perceptions of the justice’s ideology…

At this point, even Republicans are far from united in thinking that Sotomayor’s views are too extreme — 50% believe they are, but 28% think her views are in the mainstream and the remainder has not formed an opinion.