Morning Consult/POLITICO poll reveals majority of voters want Amy Coney Barrett to be confirmed


A Morning Consult/POLITICO poll, released October 21, revealed that a majority of voters said they wanted the U.S. Senate to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. 

The poll shows that 51 percent of registered voters want Barrett confirmed, against 28 percent who wanted the Senate to vote against her confirmation. The remaining 21 percent of registered voters either did not know or had no opinion on the subject. The poll was conducted between October 16-18, 2020 among a national sample of 1,994 registered voters. The results of the poll have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent. Morning Consult reported that the 51 percent figure is a higher level of support than ever measured for President Trump’s two other supreme court picks – Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh. 

Democrats and Independents were two of the voter demographics showing a significant uptick in support for Barrett’s confirmation between September 26, and October 16-18. Democrats rose from 14 percent support to 32 percent support, an 18 percent uptick in 20-22 days. Independents rose from 28 percent support to 44 percent support, a 16 percent uptick in 20-22 days. Republicans, in that time, underwent an 8 percent uptick in support. The combined rise in support for Barrett’s confirmation between Democrats, Independents, and Republicans amounted to a 14 percent uptick in support by all registered voters, on average. 

The Morning Consult also accounted for gender, educational attainment, age, race, and region in their polling sample. The polls revealed that 62 percent of male voters support Barrett’s confirmation while 28 percent do not. Forty-one percent of female voters support Barrett’s confirmation and 33% do not.

Voters have fairly mixed views on the Supreme Court nomination process. Forty-seven percent believe that the 2020 presidential election winner should pick the justice to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vacancy, while 39 percent think President Trump should pick the replacement, regardless of who wins. Most of the voting public believes that Barrett will change the Supreme Court, with 54 percent saying the court will be pushed more conservative. Twenty-three percent of registered voters or nearly one-fourth think that Barrett won’t affect the court at all. 

The full Senate is expected to vote on Thursday, October 22.



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