President Obama has nominated New York appellate court Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to fill the vacancy in the US Supreme Court. In your opinion, from what you know about her, is she a good choice?
Presently only one of the nine US Supreme Court justices (Justice Ginsberg) is female (Judge Sotomayor would be the second). How important is gender when it comes to the composition of the court?
Do you prefer to see a supreme court that is more influenced by liberals or conservatives?
Which of the following issues, sometimes before the Supreme Court, are important to you (select as many as apply)?
According to some scholars, the current composition of the US Supreme Court has a liberal wing (Ginsberg, Breyer) and a conservative wing (Scalia, Roberts, Alito and Thomas). Which approach do you personally prefer?
If Judge Sotomayor is confirmed as a member of the court, this will mean that a majority of the court will be members of the Catholic Church. Is this a relevant concern?
In an episode of the West Wing, the fictional President Bartlet decides that it's better to have members of the court with extreme views rather than a court composed of those with moderate, middle-of the-road views. He says that this is because great social change comes from those who are passionate rather than from those who are compromisers. As between these two approaches, which do you thing is better?