Poll: Half of voters think the winner of the 2020 election should pick Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement
WASHINGTON — Half of American voters think the winner of the 2020 presidential election should appoint the Supreme Court justice who will replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a new poll.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll released Monday shows that plurality of voters surveyed (50%) said whichever candidate wins in November — President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden — should choose the next justice because the election is "fewer than 50 days away."
Thirty-seven percent said Trump should get to decide because he is currently president. Another 12% had no opinion.
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Ginsburg's death on Friday opened the door for a partisan battle over who will decide who fills her seat, and when. Democrats argue that the American people should have a say, by giving the choice to whoever wins the election. It's an argument Republicans previously made when they blocked former President Barack Obama from filling the vacant seat in 2016 after Justice Antonin Scalia died, about nine months before the election.
Republicans then said they wouldn't advance a nominee during an election year, but now argue it is their duty because voters elected a Republican White House and a Republican-majority Senate.
The Politico/Morning Consult results showed a partisan divide, with the majority of Democrats (79%) in favor of the election winner choosing the next justice and most Republicans (71%) in favor of Trump choosing. Independents also favored the winner filling the seat, with 49% agreeing and 31% responding that Trump should make the pick now.
The poll was conducted immediately after the news of Ginsburg's death, from Sept. 18-20, and surveyed 1,989 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
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The results follow another poll conducted after Ginsburg's death last week, with what seems to be a slight opposition to filling the seat immediately. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday found that 62% of American adults agreed the election winner should fill the seat and 23% disagreed. Asked in another question about whether Trump should fill the vacancy before the end of his term, 46% agreed and 40% disagreed.
Voters in the Politico/Morning Consult poll said the Supreme Court is an important factor in their vote, including 60% of Democrats, 54% of Republicans and 51% of independents. That number is up 12% among Democrats from when they were surveyed preceding Ginsburg's death, but up 9% among all voters.
Trump is expected to name his nominee by the end of this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he will move forward with a Senate confirmation vote swiftly.