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Poll: Most Americans Want SCOTUS Nominee, Senate Hearing

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Mar 2016 10:24 AM

A new poll reveals a majority of Americans want the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court to be filled — now. But they're divided on whether the new jurist should have a conservative or a liberal sway.

The CNN/ORC random sampling of 1,001 adults found 58 percent are in favor of President Barack Obama nominating a new justice instead of leaving the position vacant until the next president takes office, the latter scenario of which Republican lawmakers insist upon.

Only 41 percent of those polled said they would rather the Supreme Court seat — which became vacant last month after the death of Antonin Scalia — remain empty until 2017.

As to the political bent of the new jurist plurality, 37 percent of those polled believe Obama should nominate someone who will keep the Court status quo.

Another 32 percent want a liberal-leaning justice while 29 percent want a more conservative one.

In addition, a majority of Democrats prefer a more left-leaning Supreme Court, while most Republicans favor one tilted to the right. Independents are split, with 30 percent wanting a more liberal court, 26 percent a more conservative one and 40 percent leaning towards the court's ideology staying as is.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed the Senate Judiciary Committee will not hold hearings on any nominee fronted by President Obama, nor will lawmakers meet with an Obama nominee or vote on him or her.

But the CNN/ORC poll found 66 percent believe that anyone Obama nominates should get a hearing in the Senate at the very least.

The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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A new poll reveals a majority of Americans want the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court to be filled - now. But they're divided on whether the new jurist should have a conservative or a liberal sway.
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