Alito Hearings Over

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

January 13, 2006

Friday was the fifth and final day of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Samuel Alito for Supreme Court, but polls show a lot of Americans haven't been paying much attention to the hearings.

Those who were paying attention say they were disappointed with what has been going on, while others don't care one way or the other.

"That's why we elect our congressmen and senators--to take care of that for us," said Brian Roy.

Roy says he's been following the confirmation hearing a little bit, but feels it's not that big of a deal.

"I don't think it's an individual issue, so I'm not overly concerned about major changes coming up," he explained.

"Not a whole lot of Americans are really engaged in it, it appears," said Matt Smyth, Director of Communications for the UVA Center for Politics. "Anywhere from 30-70% of people surveyed don't have an opinion on the Alito confirmation."

Smyth believes the general lack of interest could be attributed to a number of things, specifically the fact that there aren't any major cases on the Supreme Court docket that will directly impact Virginia laws.

"I think that and the holiday season and people's general disinterest in politics outside of election time has something to do with why people haven't taken an avid interest in the case."

Those who have taken interest, weren't pleased at all.

"The questions that they're asking the man, I don't find that it's pertinent to his work," said Carol Matts. "The way that the man has been treated is absolutely repulsive and disgusting."

Despite what some are calling rough treatment by critics, Alito is expected to be confirmed as the nation's 110th Supreme Court Justice. Democrats have publicly refused to rule out a filibuster, but experts are calling it unlikely.

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