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 GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader 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 TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE has said he will nominate a successor, and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses McConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Budowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit 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 MurkowskiModerates vow to 'be a force' under Biden Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8 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 CollinsCollins: Minimum wage increase should be separate from COVID-19 relief package The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel Moderates vow to 'be a force' under Biden 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.