Poll: Majority favor confirmation process for SCOTUS pick

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Judge Merrick Garland (Peter Souza/White House photo)

Washington (Talk Media News) – A majority of Americans support the Senate moving forward with the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Friday.

Sixty-four percent that they would like to see the upper chamber hold confirmation hearings for Garland, a move that has been opposed by leading Senate Republicans on the grounds that the next President should appoint Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement in order to give Americans a greater voice in the process.

Thirty-one percent said they would be opposed to the Senate holding hearings.

The poll also found that if confirmation hearings are held and Garland is found to be a suitable candidate, 58 percent said that refusing to hold a vote until the next President names a nominee would be unjustified. Thirty-seven percent said that it would be justified.

In general, respondents said that they would be in favor of the Senate voting in favor of Garland by a 52-33 percent margin, with 15 percent saying that they have no opinion.

President Barack Obama named Garland to succeed Scalia in a Rose Garden announcement on March 1. Although Republicans had made clear immediately after Scalia’s death that they would not proceed with the confirmation process, the administration nevertheless has been attempting to apply pressure to the Senate.

Vice President Joe Biden appeared at Georgetown Law Thursday afternoon to make an additional appeal, saying that the refusal by Senate Republicans essentially creates what he described as a “Constitutional crisis.”

There has been no indication that Republican leaders will back away from their position.

The poll was conducted via telephone among 1,001 respondents, including 925 registered voters, between March 17 and 20. The survey has a 3 percentage point margin of error.

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