51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll

51 percent want Barrett seated on Supreme Court: poll
© Greg Nash

A new Gallup poll released Tuesday finds that 51 percent want to see Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Gorsuch, Thomas join liberal justices in siding with criminal defendant MORE confirmed to the Supreme Court.

The Gallup poll also found that 46 percent of adults oppose Barrett’s confirmation, while 3 percent do not have an opinion on her filling the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgProgressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Juan Williams: Time for Justice Breyer to go Democrats: Roe v. Wade blow would fuel expanding Supreme Court MORE last month. 

The survey was conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, beginning four days after President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE officially nominated the conservative appeals court judge and ending on the same day Senate Judiciary Committee hearings concluded. 


Tuesday’s poll about Barret, the twelfth Supreme Court nominee for whom Gallup has measured support among the public since 1987, also found that support for Barrett's confirmation is higher than either of Trump's two previous nominees— Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Gorsuch, Thomas join liberal justices in siding with criminal defendant Supreme Court justice denies Colorado churches' challenge to lockdown authority MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court confounding its partisan critics Gorsuch, Thomas join liberal justices in siding with criminal defendant Alyssa Milano says she could 'potentially run' for House in 2024 MORE— had at any point in time prior to their confirmations. 

However, the percentage of those who do not want to see Barrett’s confirmation is higher than it has been in any of the initial public opinion polls for the 11 previous nominees. 

According to Gallup, the percentage of respondents with no opinion on Barrett filling the seat is much lower than for prior nominees, with an average of 25 percent of those surveyed in the past generally having no particular leaning for or against the Supreme Court picks immediately after the president’s nomination. 

The percentage with no opinion on Barrett is also significantly lower than the average 22 percent found in the final measurement before the confirmations of the previous eight justices. 

Gallup cited multiple possible explanations for the polling results, including the fact that the nomination process is occurring amidst a presidential election in which millions of voters have already cast their ballots. Democrats have used this fact to oppose Barrett’s nomination, referencing when Republicans in 2016 refused to hold hearings for President Obama's nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandGarland sparks anger with willingness to side with Trump Garland vows fight against voting limits that violate law House Democrats push Garland for immigration court reforms MORE, roughly eight months before the general election. 


Polling from other organizations has shown that a majority of Americans would rather see a person nominated to the court after the Nov. 3 election, with the winner of the presidency and the new Senate nominating and voting on a Supreme Court pick. 

These findings come as the Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Barrett’s nomination on Thursday, with Republicans planning on holding a final Senate vote on Monday, Oct. 26, roughly a week before elections.

On Monday, Republicans struck down an effort led by Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerIt's not just Manchin: No electoral mandate stalls Democrats' leftist agenda DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas MORE (D-N.Y.) to adjourn the Senate until after the election, which would have effectively moved Barrett's confirmation until after Election Day. 

Only one Republican senator, Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain MORE (Maine), has said she will vote against Barrett because she does not believe a nominee should be brought forth before the presidential election.