Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination sees surging support across electorate

by Peter Heck · Oct 9th, 2020 7:59 am

Last Updated Oct 10th, 2020 at 12:43 am

The Republican push to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is gaining momentum from the American electorate.

Despite complaints from Democrats that Republicans are unfairly rushing her nomination, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll published Wednesday shows Americans supporting her confirmation by a 46-31 margin. An additional 23% say that they do not yet have an opinion. Just a week ago, Barrett's support was nine points lower, at 37-34.

Though the partisan breakdown is expected – 77% of Republicans favor her nomination, while only 24% of Democrats do – the most telling statistic is among independents. Thirty-six percent of independents currently want to see her confirmed, while 31% oppose.

"Democrats are losing the Supreme Court messaging war," Morning Consult said in an online analysis.

Among Democrats, Barrett's support has surged by 10 points. It has also risen eight points among independents and six points among Republicans.

Barrett's confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin in the Senate on Monday.


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