Poll: Slim majority of Americans want to see Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is well on her way to the Supreme Court — and she has the backing of most Americans.

According to the Washington Examiner, a new poll shows 51% of American adults are in favor of Barrett’s confirmation to the highest court in the land. Forty-six percent oppose President Donald Trump’s latest SCOTUS nominee.

Breaking it down

The poll that gave Barrett such high marks came from Gallup and was released Tuesday, according to the Examiner. The support for the SCOTUS nominee, who has already gotten a stamp of approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee, comes from more than 1,000 adults who were polled between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15.

Of course, the results were more polarized when broken down along party lines: 84% of Democrat respondents said they oppose Barrett’s confirmation, while 89% of Republicans were in favor of it.

Likely tipping the balance in this equation are independents, 52% of whom said they favor Barrett’s confirmation, compared to 43% who opposed it.

Just 3% of respondents to the Gallup survey had no opinion on Barrett.

But wait, there’s more

The results of Gallup’s survey were echoed in another poll cited by the Washington Examiner this week. Taken Oct. 15 through Oct. 18, a New York Times/Siena College poll of just under 1,000 likely voters found that 44% of respondents support Barrett’s confirmation.

Forty-two percent were opposed to Barrett, according to the Examiner, and a full 14% didn’t have an opinion or refused to answer.

The partisan divide was also evident in this survey, where 79% of Democrats stood opposed to Barrett, and 87% of Republicans stood in support of her. It seems independents again decided the matter: 45% said they were in favor of her nomination, while 39% were opposed.

The numbers don’t lie

As to whether Barrett should be confirmed before Election Day, 47% of respondents overall said she should be confirmed, while 39% said she should only be confirmed after the election if President Trump wins. But it looks like majority will rule in this case: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has promised to hold a vote on Barrett’s confirmation as soon as Monday, and with Republicans holding the upper chamber, she’s likely to pass with flying colors.

Interestingly, the Times/Siena College poll also raised the issue of court-packing, a notion brought up by Democrats in recent weeks that would expand the size of the Supreme Court bench to shift its ideological balance. According to the survey, a whopping 58% of voters are against such a practice, with just 31% in favor.

Both Republicans and independents expressed strong opposition to court-packing.

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