A majority of American public backed President Barack Obama's choice of Sonia Sotomayor as the Supreme Court Justice, according to a poll released on Friday.
The survey by Quinnipiac University found that 54 percent of those polled supported the nominee, while 24 percent opposed. Another 22 percent were undecided.
The poll was conducted after Obama announced his nomination of the Hispanic female federal judge from New York to take the place of David Souter, who was set to retire in June.
If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, a daughter of Puerto Rico migrants and graduate of Yale Law School, will become the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice in the country's history.
Among Democrats, her supporting rate was higher, at 81 percent, with only 3 percent opposed. But for Republicans who still have doubts about some of Sotomayor's views and rulings, 46 percent opposed the nomination, with 26 percent in favor, according to the poll.
To smooth her way to the highest judicial branch, the National Democrats Committee (DNC) launched a national effort on Friday to rally support for Sotomayor.
The DNC has emailed its 13 million supporters a warning that "our opponents will try to play politics with Judge Sotomayor's nomination, and it's up to us to help get out the facts and show the public."