New Polling Affirms A Majority Of Americans Support Confirming Judge Barrett

The Latest Polling Continues To Show Majorities Or Pluralities Of Americans Support The Senate Confirming Judge Barrett To The Supreme Court And Again Shows A Substantial Majority Opposed To The Extreme Court-Packing Scheme Leading Democrats Are Threatening

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “This morning, the Judiciary Committee reported the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the floor. Their recommendation was that she be confirmed. It was unanimous…. It is supremely ironic that our Democratic colleagues delivered through a temper tantrum what they should have delivered through a fair appraisal: a unanimous endorsement. All last week, the legal brilliance and judicial temperament that our nation deserves in a Supreme Court justice were on display. We saw why legal peers, fellow scholars, nonpartisan evaluators, students, and clerks from across the political spectrum have praised this nominee in the very highest terms. In just a few days, she’ll receive a vote on this floor. And I anticipate we will have a new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. That is exactly what the American people want to happen. Clear majorities of Americans want Judge Barrett confirmed.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 10/22/2020)


Polls Continue To Show Most Americans Support The Senate Confirming Judge Barrett’s Nomination

POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT: “A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that a slight majority of voters, 51 percent, think the Senate should vote to confirm [Judge Barrett’s] nomination, far greater than the 28 percent who say the Senate should vote not to confirm her…. The new survey represents an increase in support for Barrett’s confirmation compared with a survey immediately after her initial nomination last month.” (“Poll: Majority Says Senate Should Confirm Amy Coney Barrett,” Politico, 10/21/2020)

GALLUP: A “51% majority of Americans support federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last month.” (“51% in U.S. Want Amy Coney Barrett Seated on Supreme Court,” Gallup, 10/20/2020)

THE NEW YORK TIMES/SIENA COLLEGE: “[A] plurality of voters also said that the Senate should vote on Judge Barrett’s nomination before the election.” (The New York Times, 10/20/2020)

HUFFINGTON POST/YOUGOV: “Voters favor the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett by a 9-point margin, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds…. [B]y 47% to 38%, they say they’d like to see their senators vote to confirm Barrett. In a previous HuffPost/YouGov survey, conducted in late September and early October, voters favored her confirmation by a 5-point margin. (“Poll: Voters Lean Toward Supporting Confirmation Of Amy Coney Barrett,” Huffington Post, 10/21/2020)


Polling Also Continues To Show Most Americans Oppose Court-Packing Schemes Being Floated By Democrats

LEADER McCONNELL: “[Sen. Schumer] is trying to invent a justification to declare war on judicial independence and pack the Supreme Court if Democrats should win power. Back in March, he walked across the street and threatened Justices by name if they ruled against his wishes. And now, even though this Court ended up delighting the political left with several decisions this year, he still wants an excuse to pack the Court. The American people know what a terrible idea this is. Polls show majority support for confirming Judge Barrett and overwhelming opposition to court-packing. The American people are glad that Franklin Roosevelt didn’t get to blow up our independent judiciary in 1937 and they strongly oppose Democrats’ threats now.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 10/22/2020)

THE NEW YORK TIMES/SIENA COLLEGE: “What may prove riskier for Mr. Biden and his party, though, is the issue that he has for weeks sought to avoid staking out a clear position on: adding more justices to the Supreme Court. The poll showed that 58 percent of voters said Democrats should not expand the court beyond nine justices … Opposition was even firmer among independents: Sixty-five percent of them said they were against enlarging the court.” (The New York Times, 10/20/2020)

POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT: “In the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, just 24 percent of voters say Congress should pass a law increasing the number of justices.” (“Poll: Majority Says Senate Should Confirm Amy Coney Barrett,” Politico, 10/21/2020)

HUFFINGTON POST/YOUGOV: “Just 27% of voters are in favor of increasing the number of Supreme Court justices, an idea supported by some progressive Democrats. Another 43% are opposed … Only 9% strongly support the idea, with 31% strongly opposed.” (“Poll: Voters Lean Toward Supporting Confirmation Of Amy Coney Barrett,” Huffington Post, 10/21/2020)



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