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BACKING BARRETT: Voters increasingly support Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, poll shows

The battle over the Supreme Court continues, but the outcome is not looking so good for Senate Democrats.



Amy Coney Barrett

The battle over the Supreme Court continues, but the outcome is not looking so good for Senate Democrats.

After the initial shock of confirming a 6th Republican to the Supreme Court prior to the election, voters are warming up to the idea of an overwhelming majority, 6-3, bench.

According to a poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult and Politico, voters are increasingly backing the confirmation of Trump’s nominee despite Senate Democrats’ attempts to halt proceedings until after November 3.

Almost half – 46 percent – of voters polled between October 2-4 believe the Senate should move forward with the confirmation, up 9 whole points since Trump first announced his nomination on September 26, according to the poll.

Morning Consult/Politico polled roughly 2,000 registered voters with 2-point margins of error.

Since polling was originally conducted on September 26, the publication reported the number of voters who said the Senate should reject Barrett’s nomination fell by three percentage points to 31 percent.

The percentage of Republican voters who back Barrett’s confirmation rose six points from the previous month – to 77 percent – and the number of independent voters rose by eight points – to 36 percent. The number of Democratic voters who agree Barrett should be confirmed rose by 10 points to 24 percent, the poll found.

Not only is support on the rise for the overall idea of confirming Barrett.

But, support for quickly confirming Barrett is also skyrocketing.

The poll found 43 percent of voters said that regardless of the election’s outcome, the Senate should confirm Barrett as soon as possible, up four percentage points since Trump’s nominee announcement, the poll shows.

In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Senate Democrats have scrambled to prevent a 6th Republican from taking a seat on the Supreme Court – including citing a coronavirus takeover of the chamber and a precedent set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2016 when he refused to consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

But, it looks like the odds are stacked against them.

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