Citizen support for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is on the rise, according to a new Morning Consult poll.
Nearly half of the voters consulted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 said the Senate should confirm Barrett.
This new figure, 46%, represents a nine percentage point increase since President Trump announced Barrett’s nomination on Sept. 26.
Reflecting the same trend, the poll found that the percentage of voters who believe the Senate should reject Barrett’s nomination has been falling since Sept. 26, from 34% to 31% in this latest poll.
As expected, support for Barrett’s confirmation is much more noticeable among Republican voters than among Democrats. However, the poll shows that voters from both parties, in addition to independents, are increasing their approval.
Since Sept. 26, Republican support grew by six percentage points to 77%; among independents, approval of Barrett rose by eight points to 36%; and among Democratic supporters, those in favor of the Senate addressing the nomination of President Trump’s nominee rose by 10 percentage points to 24%.
Some 2,000 registered voters participated in the Morning Consult poll. The poll has a 2 point margin of error.
Another interesting fact left by the poll is that the number of voters who believe that the Senate should confirm Barrett’s nomination regardless of who wins the presidential election on Nov. 3 is rising: When President Trump made the announcement, the percentage was 39% and now it has climbed to 43%.
Those who believe that senators should only vote for the nomination if President Trump wins re-election have been dropping from 40% to 37%.
While Democrats have spoken out against the Senate confirming Barrett’s nomination, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) believes that everything is “paved” for the full Senate to confirm it and take the place left vacant on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
On Oct. 12, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the first hearing to evaluate Barrett’s appointment.
Considering that the Senate has a Republican majority, it is believed that the confirmation of the conservative judge should pass without complications.
“She’s led an incredibly outstanding life with a wonderful family. We don’t anticipate any kind of unanticipated event that could throw us off schedule,” McConnell said.