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Polls: SCOTUS Fight Not Political Winner WH Hoped

Michael Short - February 18, 2016

Two new national polls released in the last 24 hours show President Obama’s decision to break 80 years of precedent by seeking to nominate and confirm a justice to the Supreme Court in a presidential election year isn’t the political winner he and the Democrats were hoping.

CBS News: “Forty-seven percent would like to see the next justice appointed by President Obama before the election in November, while nearly as many, 46 percent, would like to see the new justice appointed by whoever is elected in November.” (Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, Jennifer De Pinto, and Sarah Dutton, “CBS News Poll: The Next Supreme Court Justice, Obama, And The Economy,” CBS News, 2/18/16)

NBC/WSJ: “A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of registered voters found that 43% preferred the Senate to vote this year on Mr. Obama’s choice to fill the unexpected opening, while 42% said the position should remain vacant until 2017, when a new president could nominate a replacement.” (Brent Kendall, “Americans Divided on Whether Senate Should Consider Obama Supreme Court Nominee,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/17/16)


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