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Polling Roundup: Panickin’ Time for SCOTUS Obstructionists

Friday, March 25

The national and swing-state polling is truly overwhelming against the Republican position that Judge Merrick Garland does not deserve a fair hearing or vote, which may be behind now a third Senate Republican breaking ranks and calling for the process to go forward.  And yet, McConnell and Grassley are boldly sticking to their intriguing political strategy of giving up their Senate Majority by ignoring their constitutional responsibility, all in the slim chance phony college proprietor Donald Trump might get to make the pick, which Americans literally have less faith in him to do than Peyton Manning.

According to the survey, 52% say Garland ought to be confirmed, 33% that the Senate should not vote in favor of his nomination. Most Democrats (80%) and a plurality of independents say Garland should be approved (48% vote in favor, 37% against)

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Assessing Garland himself, 45% say they have a positive impression of him so far, 34% are neutral, 14% negative. […]Just 13% say they feel he is not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, around a quarter say he is among the most qualified candidates out there. A majority, 56%, say that as a Supreme Court justice, he would be "about right" ideologically, more than said so about any other recent nominee. Just 25% say they think he would be too liberal as a justice.

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Most Americans, 57%, say the choice for the next justice should rest with Obama and not with the next president, and a similar majority, 58%, say that senators who believe the seat should be filled by the next president would not be justified in voting against Garland for that reason. […]Congressional approval stands near its all-time low in CNN polling, with just 15% approving. […]Obama's approval rating, meanwhile, stands at its highest point since May 2013.

  • Bloomberg Politics Poll, 3/24: The president’s approval rating among all Americans hit 50 percent in the poll, up six points from November. His favorability rating is up nine points from November and, at 57 percent, at its highest point since December 2009. […] More than half the country -- 54 percent -- approve of his handling of the vacancy left by recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and 62 percent say Republicans in the Senate are wrong not to hold hearings on the nomination.
  • Politico, 3/24: ‘By 2-to-1 margin, Americans want Senate to consider Supreme Court nominee’: By a margin of 2-to-1, American voters say the Senate should consider the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, according to the results of a national Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday. More than six in 10 of the registered voters surveyed nationwide — 62 percent — said the Senate should consider the nomination of Garland, the current chief judge of the D.C. Circuit court. On the other hand, just one in three, or 33 percent, responded that the Senate should not consider any nominee until a new president is in the White House. […] Elsewhere in the survey, Obama earned an approval rating of 49 percent to 48 percent disapproval, his highest level of support in a Quinnipiac poll since May 2013, when his approval stood at 48 percent to 45 percent disapproval.
  • New York Times, 3/22: ‘Majority Says Supreme Court Nominee Deserves a Vote’ : Most Americans say the Senate should vote on whether to confirm Judge Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court, with the large majority of the public viewing Republican leaders’ refusal to do so as politically motivated, the latest CBS News/New York Times poll shows. Fifty-three percent say the Senate should hold a vote on President Obama’s nominee, while 42 percent say the Senate should wait until next year for the new president to nominate someone. […]A wide majority of Americans, moreover – more than seven in 10 – think Senate Republican leaders are refusing to hold hearings mostly for political reasons rather than because they think delay is best for the country. 
  • The Hill, 3/21: ‘Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 think GOP is 'playing politics' on Supreme Court’ : More than three-fourths of Americans say Senate Republicans are "playing politics" by refusing to take up President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, according to a Monmouth University Poll released Monday. […] Overall, 77 percent of Americans say they think Republicans are "playing politics" by not allowing nominee Merrick Garland to get a hearing. That total includes 62 percent of surveyed Republicans. […] Now that Obama has nominated Garland, 69 percent overall said the Senate should give him a hearing, including 56 percent of Republicans. […]Generally, 53 percent of Americans also said they believe the president should nominate someone to fill a vacancy, and the Senate should take up the nomination, even if they occur at the end of a president's term. 

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