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 GinsburgHow recent Supreme Court rulings will impact three battleground states The false promise and real danger of Barrett's originalism Girl Scouts spark backlash from left after congratulating Justice Amy Coney Barrett 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 John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE has said he will nominate a successor, and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' On The Money: Trump makes a late pitch on the economy | US economy records record GDP gains after historic COVID-19 drop | Pelosi eyes big COVID-19 deal in lame duck Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide 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 MurkowskiAlaska Senate race sees cash surge in final stretch Bitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Justice Barrett joins court; one week until Election Day 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 CollinsSusan Collins says systemic racism isn't 'a problem' in Maine Biden, Cunningham hold narrow leads in North Carolina: poll GOP sees path to hold Senate majority 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.