A CNN/ORC poll conducted between February 24-27 among 1001 adults revealed close to 60 percent of those surveyed favor Senate hearings to fill the Supreme Court’s open seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia.
Justice Scalia died on February 13, 2016.
58 percent of those polled want President Obama to nominate a judge; 41 percent say the president should not nominate a jurist and allow Mr. Obama’s successor to appoint the next Associate Justice.
Among the more startling conclusions was the revelation 67 percent of Republicans favored the Senate holding hearings on a presidential nomination in contrast to 60 percent of Democrats holding the same view.
Similarly, 48 percent of respondents revealed if the Senate accepted Mr. Obama’s choice for the High Court, heard testimony and rejected the nominee, justification would exist for refusing to hold a vote on the candidate.
Along party lines, 82 percent of Democrats say the president should nominate someone to fill the seat as opposed to only 29 percent of Republicans.
Despite fierce resistance from the GOP-led Senate, Mr. Obama has expressed his intent to assemble a short list of potential candidates for the open seat and present one candidate to the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), supported by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Charles Grassley (R-IA) are in concert in opposing either meeting with a nominee or holding hearings.
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