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New Polls Signal Bad News for Battleground Senators in SCOTUS Fight

Wednesday, February 24

A quartet of new polls from Public Policy Polling show that the fight between the White House and Senate Republicans over filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court could have devastating consequences for some vulnerable Senators in November. A strong majority of respondents in New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin agreed that the Senate should, at the very least, consider President Obama's nominee for the seat.

Furthermore, refusing to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice would make most respondents in each state LESS likely to vote for their respective incumbent Senators in 2016. For Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, and Ron Johnson, Republican Senators in purple states, this is obviously very bad news.

But the bleeding doesn't stop there. PPP also measured the approval of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell, who has been the champion of this SCOTUS obstruction since just 2 hours after Justice Scalia's passing was announced. The results? Not good: In New Hampshire, Ohio, and Wisconsin, McConnell's approval rating is just 14% -- in Pennsylvania it's actually worse at 13%.

Ayotte, Portman, Toomey, and Johnson were all very quick to embrace and amplify the Senate Majority Leader's staunch position. It is yet to be seen how endorsing Constitutional ignorance will impact them on election day, but if these numbers stick, it will hurt way more than it helps.

View the polling results memos from Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen here: OH/PA and NH/WI

Posted by Jimmy

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