Poll: Nearly 8 In 10 Think GOP Is ‘Playing Politics’ On Supreme Court
Senate Majority Mitch McConnell is continuing his hardline stance that obstructionism when it comes to President Obama’s nominee to the court is perfectly appropriate.
However a new poll from Monmouth University found that 77 percent of Americans say they believe that the Republicans are “playing politics” by refusing to schedule a hearing. Not only that, 62 percent of Republicans think so and 16 percent of voters think that the Kentucky Senator is not being honest.
“We think the important principle in the middle of this presidential election which is raging, is that the American people need to weigh in and decide who’s going to make this decision, not this lame-duck president on the way out the door, but the next president, next year,” McConnell told Fox News Sunday.
The Hill reports:
At 28 percent, self-identified Republicans were more likely to say that lawmakers were trying to include Americans in the process, compared to 13 percent of independents and 9 percent of Democrats.While a handful of Republican senators have said they are willing to meet with Garland, the GOP has held firm on denying Garland a hearing or vote.Now that Obama has nominated Garland, 69 percent overall said the Senate should give him a hearing, including 56 percent of Republicans.That’s an increase from a Morning Consult poll released last week, which found that less than half — 43 percent — of GOP voters thought Garland should get a hearing.Nearly two-thirds told Monmouth that they didn’t know enough about Garland to know his political ideology, and nearly half hadn’t heard enough about him to weigh in on if he was qualified to be on the Supreme Court.Generally, 53 percent of Americans also said they believe the president should nominate someone to fill a vacancy, and the Senate should take up the nomination, even if they occur at the end of a president’s term.The Monmouth University Poll was conducted March 17–20, with 1,008 adults and a margin of error of 3.1 percent.