New Poll Finds That Majority of Americans Want Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court


Regardless of personal feelings toward Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, it’s inarguable that she elicits a strong response from all sides of the political spectrum.

That fact became all the more clear after a recent Gallup poll revealed that a majority of Americans actually support Barrett being seated on the Supreme Court.

To be fair, it is a slim majority, as 51 percent of Americans surveyed said they want Barrett on the court.

But on the flip side, a mere 3 percent were undecided on her nomination. That 3 percent figure is low compared to the undecided figures for all the other Supreme Court nominees that Gallup has asked this question about, going back to 1987.

Forty-six percent of those polled said they do not think Barrett should be confirmed.

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While 51 percent is a slim majority, it’s still a more favorable polling figure than what President Donald Trump’s last two nominees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, had.

Initial support for Gorsuch’s confirmation was at 45 percent, while 32 percent opposed his nomination and 23 percent had no opinion.

Forty-one percent were in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation and 37 percent were opposed, with 22 percent having no opinion.

For further comparison, the nominee with the highest percentage of respondents in favor was John Roberts, who had 59 percent support, and the nominee with the lowest percentage in favor was Robert Bork, with 31 percent.

Opinions on Barrett are significantly split along party lines. In fact, Gallup noted there is “record-high opposition among Democrats and support among Republicans” when it comes to Barrett’s confirmation.

Eighty-four percent of Democrats oppose Barrett’s nomination, while 89 percent of Republicans are in favor of it. Most recently, Kavanaugh had 67 percent opposition among Democrats and 76 percent support among Republicans.

Gallup said its results were “based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2020, with a random sample of 1,035 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

“For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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