Poll finds voters split on Barrett nomination

Poll finds voters split on Barrett nomination
© Greg Nash

Americans are narrowly divided on whether Justice Amy Coney Barrett should be confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court this month, according to a new poll. 

Just 46 percent of respondents indicated they do not wish to see Barrett placed on the bench whole 42 percent said they'd like to see her confirmed, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS and released Wednesday. 

The prospect of Barrett's confirmation fell sharply along party lines, with 83 percent of Republicans saying they want to see her confirmed compared to only 8 percent of Democrats. 


Barrett was nominated by President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE earlier this month following the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Schumer waiting for recommendation on Supreme Court expansion MORE, one of the court's most liberal members. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands Lobbying world The Memo: Biden moves into new phase of COVID-19 fight MORE (R-Ky.) has indicated he believes Republicans have the votes to confirm Barrett before the November election, and the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold hearings regarding her nomination next week. 

Democrats have accused McConnell and fellow Republicans of hypocrisy, citing the GOP's refusal to take up the nomination of Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandGenetic material from 1993 killing revealed years after another man executed for crime, groups say Garland emphasizes national security, civil rights in budget hearing Watch live: Garland testifies before House panel MORE, a pick of former President Obama whose nomination process Senate leadership blocked in 2016.  

Barrett is a favorite among religious conservatives and evangelical voters, and has spoken critically of the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion and the more recent decision by the court upholding the Affordable Care Act. The court is set to consider another challenge to President Obama's signature health care law during the current term.  

Forty-three percent of respondents polled by CNN indicated Barrett is too conservative a justice, while 41 percent said she is "just about right." 

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Barrett's nomination begin on Oct. 12.