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Polling Sotomayor

From NBC's Mark Murray and Harry Enten

Gallup appears to be the first polling outfit to survey Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and it finds -- so far -- that her numbers compare favorably to the successful Roberts and Alito nominations.

According to the poll, 47% rate Sotomayor as an "excellent" or "good" pick, versus 33% who say she's "fair" or "poor."

By comparison, in November 2005, 43% rated Samuel Alito excellent or good, and 39% said he was fair or poor. For John Roberts, in July 2005, 51% said he was excellent/good, versus 34% who said he fair/poor.

As for Harriet Miers, who withdrew her nomination, Gallup had her at 44% excellent/good, and 41% fair/poor.

One other thing worth noting in the poll: Females have a much more positive opinion of Sotomayor than males do: 54% of females rate her excellent/good, versus 42% of males who said that.