Poll: Plurality want next justice to be 'more conservative' than Kennedy

A recent poll shows a plurality of Americans want the next Supreme Court justice to be "more conservative" than outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy.

An Economist/YouGov poll highlighted on Hill TV's "What America's Thinking" found that 29 percent said they wanted a judge to be "more conservative" than Kennedy, while 23 percent said they preferred a justice with a "more liberal" ideology than Kennedy. 


Twenty-seven percent of those polled said they were "not sure" about what they wanted in the next justice, and 21 percent said they preferred someone with about the same ideology as Kennedy.

Kennedy, a pivotal swing vote on numerous hot-button issues including abortion and gay rights, announced his retirement last month.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE has nominated circuit court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Kennedy's replacement.

Democrats have attacked Kavanaugh, warning that he could tilt the court to the right on abortion and possibly help overturn the decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark case establishing a woman's right to an abortion.

— Julia Manchester