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Americans Undecided on Bork Nomination

September 15, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ Americans are largely undecided on whether the Senate should confirm the nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court, according to a CBS News-New York Times poll.

Fourteen percent of those questioned supported the confirmation, 13 percent opposed it, and 66 percent could not say, according to the poll published Tuesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on the strongly contested Bork nomination Tuesday.

A slim majority of those polled - 52 percent - said the Senate should consider the nominee’s stand on major issues the court decides, while 39 percent said the Senate should consider only a nominee’s legal qualifications .

The poll consisted of a telephone survey of 839 adults throughout the United States on Sept. 9 and 10, according to a report in Tuesday’s New York Times. The sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points. Those with no opinion were not included in the report.

The survey indicated that Americans have faith the Senate will choose the right person to sit on the Supreme Court. Twenty-three percent of those questioned said they trust the president over the Senate in making the right decision, while 70 percent backed the Senate.

The poll also found that Americans think the Supreme Court should consider public opinion when making its decisions. Sixty percent said the court should consider the majority view while 32 percent said that only legal issues should be weighed.

Results from the poll were little changed from a similar survey in July, according to the Times.

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