Poll: Most want hearings for Supreme Court nominee
Nearly two-thirds of Americans want the Senate to hold hearings for President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, according to a new poll.
 
However, The Associated Press/GfK survey released Wednesday suggests few are paying close attention to the issue. 
 
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Sixty-four percent of respondents said the Senate should hold hearings and vote on Judge Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columiba, while 32 percent said the Senate should hold off to let the next president nominate a justice.
 
Forty percent of Republicans, along with 52 percent of independents, want the Senate GOP to allow a hearing for the Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. 
 
But just 22 percent said they were following news of the vacancy extremely or very closely, compared to 31 percent who said they were following it somewhat closely and 44 percent not following it closely or at all.
 
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley to vote against Tanden nomination Grassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation MORE (R-Iowa) met with Garland for breakfast on Tuesday but stood by his opposition to filling the vacancy until after the next president is elected.
 
The survey of 1,076 U.S. adults was conducted from March 31 to April 4, with a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.