As her Senate confirmation hearings continue on third day, US voters’ support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is inching up, says a new poll.
Up 2% from last week, some 48% of registered voters said the Senate should vote to confirm Barrett – President Donald Trump’s third pick for the top bench – while 31% say lawmakers should vote her down, according to the Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday.
Barrett enjoys higher public support than Trump’s last nominee, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who got only 37% support during his contentious confirmation hearings, where allegations of sexual assault were considered.
By an eight-point margin, 44% of voters say that the Senate should vote on Barrett’s nomination as soon as possible, rather than waiting for after Nov. 3, Election Day.
But those numbers showed a stark divide by party affiliation.
While 73% of Republican voters are pushing for swift action from the Senate, 59% of Democrats say that the confirmation should wait until the winner of the White House is clear, the poll showed. Only 23% of Democrats want the Senate to confirm Barrett as soon as possible.
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