Most Americans likely want President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court after the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a newly released poll.
The Washington Examiner revealed Saturday the results of a Marquette University poll taken just before Ginsburg’s death that reportedly “showed 67% of adults believed the Senate should hold a hearing if a [Supreme Court] vacancy occurred during 2020’s race, with only 32%” coming out against the idea.
Our Supreme Court is far too important to play politics with, but that is exactly what is happening right now. Democrats want the appointment of a new justice to be held off until after November’s election — but the election is the very reason we need a nine-judge panel.
There is a very good chance that the election results could be contested and end up before the Supreme Court. If that happens, with only eight justices on the court, there’s a chance that a decision could come down 4–4.
A chaotic situation like that is exactly what 67% of Americans hope to avoid. And according to the Examiner, even 63% of Democrat respondents to the Marquette University poll felt the same way.
It all bodes as good news for President Trump, who has said Saturday that he has an “obligation” to fill the spot on the high court bench once held by Ginsburg “without delay.”
.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
It’s a position that has been backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said in a statement posted to his Twitter feed Friday that “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
A new nominee
As for who President Trump could nominate, he recently put forth a list of some 20 names of potential SCOTUS nominees that he intended to choose from if given the chance during his second term. Those added to more than a dozen other names previously floated by the president, The Washington Times noted.
According to the Times, prime contenders for the role include Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Amul Thapar, a judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
On Saturday, Trump said he would announce his pick in the coming week.
“I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman,” the president said at a campaign rally in North Carolina, according to the BBC.