Most Americans think winner of election should pick next Supreme Court justice: poll

Most Americans said they think the winner of November’s presidential election should pick the successor to the late Supreme Court 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, according to a new poll.  

Sixty-two percent of Americans said the vacancy left by Ginsburg, who died Friday, should be filled by whichever candidate wins the upcoming election, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll released Sunday. 

The poll found that 23 percent of Americans said they disagreed that the vacancy should be filled by the winner of the election, and the rest said they were not sure, according to Reuters. 


The national poll was conducted Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, after Ginsburg’s death was announced by the court, according to the newswire.  

The poll found that 8 out of 10 Democrats agreed the appointment should wait until after the election, as did 5 in 10 Republicans, according to Reuters. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE has said he will nominate a successor, and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellManchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections MORE (R-Ky.) has vowed to hold a vote on Trump’s nominee. 

Democratic lawmakers slammed McConnell and Republicans for voicing support for a quick vote on Trump’s nominee just weeks ahead of the election, calling it hypocritical since many of the same lawmakers, including McConnell, blocked former President Obama's Supreme Court nominee in 2016 after conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died nine months before that year’s election. 

Republicans, however, have dismissed accusations of hypocrisy and argued there is a historic precedent for a president to nominate a successor and for the Senate majority of the same party to confirm the nominee. 


Republicans could not afford more than three defections to confirm Trump's nominee if all 47 members of the Senate Democratic caucus oppose Trump's pick. 

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiUtah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote Bottom line Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee MORE (R-Alaska) said Sunday that the Senate should not take up a Supreme Court nomination before Election Day. She is the second GOP senator to voice opposition on a vote before Nov. 3, after Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote House conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill MORE (R-Maine.) said so on Saturday. 

Neither senator directly addressed in their statements how they would view an attempt to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during the end-of-year lame-duck session. 

The Reuters-Ipsos poll was conducted online. It surveyed 1,006 American adults, including 463 Democrats and 374 Republicans. It has a credibility interval of plus or minute 4 percentage points, according to Reuters.