Some commenters on my post below shrugged off the SurveyUSA poll numbers, arguing that even though conservatives merely view Miers favorably, it doesn't follow that they support her nomination.
OK, maybe so. But these additional data from SurveyUSA suggests otherwise. The question asked was:
Do you think the nomination of Harriett Miers to the Supreme Court will be seen by historians as one of President Bush's most brilliant decisions? as one of President Bush's greatest mistakes? Or will it have no historical significance?The responses show that 27% of Republicans and 25% of conservatives think the Miers pick is a brilliant decision. (Who are these people? Even I don't think that.) 14% of Republicans and 22% of conservatives think the pick is Bush's greatest mistake. 55% of Republicans and 48% of conservatives think Miers' nomination will be of no historical significance. Those data certainly show some unhappiness (twice as many of them think Miers is BUsh's greatest mistake), but they still leave me wondering if it is not just a vocal minority and the elite right-wing punditry who are upset about Miers.