New polls released by CNN/ORC suggests Americans are in favor of President Barack Obama picking a new Supreme Court Justice than his successor. by the numbers, 57 percent of voters want Obama to select who fills the vacant seat.
Last week, March 16, the president announced his pick for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS): Merrick Garland, a seasoned, moderate judge who has bipartisan support. Polls also show Americans are in favor of seeing congress nominate Merrick Garland to the supreme court, with 52 percent supporting.
The GOP has spoken out against Obama’s rush to fill late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat. A few republicans in congress have even suggested they will not cooperate with confirmation hearings while Obama is in office. According to the CNN/ORC polls, 64 percent of Americans believe republican leadership in congress should hold confirmation hearings.In the same results, Americans who participated in the poll were also asked if Garland was proven to be ethical during the confirmation hearings, would congress be justified in rejecting him because they feel the next president should fill the seat. Fifty-eight percent suggested congress would be unjustified.
Since his nomination Last Thursday, Americans are still pondering about Merrick Garland being the next justice. Recent polling’s suggest citizens do think he is qualified, yet are undecided if he should fill the seat due to lack of knowledge about him. However, when asked if Garland was too liberal or conservative, 56 percent of people suggested Garland was “about right”.
With his second term ending in roughly nine months, this is the third justice the president has nominated. The CNN/ORC poll also claim that 58 percent of the country believe Obama has done enough in making the supreme court more diverse.
You can catch the full CNN/ORC poll results here: