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Support for Barrett nomination ticks up to 48 percent: poll

Support for Barrett nomination ticks up to 48 percent: poll
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Support for President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCourt watchers buzz about Breyer's possible retirement Five hot-button issues Biden didn't mention in his address to Congress Conservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation MORE, rose slightly over the last week, according to a poll released on Wednesday amid her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Morning Consult-Politico poll found Barrett's nomination is supported by 48 percent of registered voters, while 31 percent say the Senate should vote her down. The percentage of voters who support her nomination rose by 2 percentage points in the past week.

Barrett's nomination is more widely supported among voters than was Trump's prior nominee, now-Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughConservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation Supreme Court weighs whether to limit issuance of exemptions to biofuel blending requirements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill MORE, whose contentious confirmation hearings in 2018 followed accusations of sexual assault from his high school days. Just 37 percent of voters agreed that Kavanaugh should be confirmed at the time of his confirmation hearings, Morning Consult noted. In particular, Barrett's support among Democrats is now 12 points higher than Kavanaugh's was in September 2018.

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More voters also say that the Senate should move ahead with Barrett's nomination, 44 percent, than say that the Senate should wait until the results of the November presidential election, 36 percent. Senate Democrats have faced pressure from some left-leaning activists to muster the opposition necessary to delay or prevent Barrett's nomination ahead of the election, a prospect that some Senate Democrats have rejected out of hand.

Almost 6 in 10 Democrats 59 percent said in the poll that their party should delay a vote on Barrett until after the election.

The Morning Consult-Politico survey of 2,000 registered voters nationwide was conducted Oct. 7-9, with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.