Americans are more positive than negative about Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch – but his support is lower than for other recent presidential picks for the high court, a new poll shows.
The Gallup survey released Friday finds 45 percent of respondents say the Senate should vote to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee; 32 percent the upper chamber should not confirm Gorsuch.
The average level of support for recent nominees has been 51 percent, according to Gallup.
Current Chief Justice John Roberts had the highest initial support of recent nominees, at 59 percent; Harriet Miers, whose nomination President George W. Bush ultimately withdrew, had the lowest support at 44 percent, according to Gallup.
Current Justice Elena Kagan also had below-average support, at 46 percent, according to Gallup; Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy Gorsuch is now slated to fill, had 52 percent support.
In other findings:
- 74 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of independents and 21 percent of Democrats favor Gorsuch's confirmation.
- 57 percent of Democrats oppose the nominee's confirmation, a figure that ties Republicans' opposition to Sonia Sotomayor in 2009 as the highest in Gallup's records.
- Gorsuch's 21 percent support among Democrats is the lowest Gallup has measured for a nominee among a party group to date.
The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4 points.
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