Poll: Americans Want Native American on Supreme Court

Obama appears eager to bring diversity to the court. Americans want a Native American.

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By Nikki Schwab, Washington Whispers

The president has cheered diversity on the Supreme Court with his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic and third woman to be appointed to the bench. For his next pick, we turned to you in our most recent Whispers poll.

Respondents chose racial diversity over religious diversity or difference in sexual orientation. A whopping 50 percent of those surveyed said they would like to see President Obama choose a Native American for the Supreme Court if the president got a second selection. Nineteen percent said they would like to see Obama appoint an Asian and 16 percent an African-American justice. Only 13 percent hoped to see a gay or lesbian justice as Obama's next pick. And coming in last, with 2 percent, was a Muslim justice.

The Whispers Poll

President Obama appears eager to bring diversity to the Supreme Court, having picked the first Hispanic to sit on the bench. If presented with a second chance, which should he pick?

Native American 50%
Asian 19%
African-American 16%
Gay or lesbian 13%
Muslim 2%

Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted July 27-29 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.

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