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“The Ronald and the Donald Show” – SCOTUS Edition

Americans don’t trust Trump to nominate SCOTUS Justices, but Johnson does.

By - May 9th, 2016 04:03 pm

MADISON – A new Public Policy Polling survey out today finds that, unlike Ron Johnson, most Americans don’t trust Donald Trump to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. Johnson, however, has publicly embraced Trump, and he continues to refuse to do his job and consider the President’s nominee. He wants his friend, “The Donald,” to nominate the next Justice. Poll after poll shows voters disagree with Johnson, and a recent WPR poll found that a clear majority of Wisconsinites want the Senate to do their job and vote on Merrick Garland. The PPP survey confirms what every other poll has shown: voters are sick of the political games that Johnson and his ultra-conservative allies in the Senate are playing; they want the Senate to hold hearings and vote on the President’s nominee.

Key findings from the survey include:

-Only 38% of voters nationally trust Donald Trump to nominate a Supreme Court justice, compared to 53% who don’t trust him to do that.

-By a 58/37 spread, Americans want the Supreme Court seat to be filled this year. That’s actually up from 56/40 support for filling it this year on a national PPP poll in early March. The reason for the shift is that 39% of Republicans now think the seat should be filled immediately, up from just 26% two months ago. That seems to suggest the ascendance of Trump has changed the minds of many GOP voters across the country about continuing to obstruct the nomination of Merrick Garland.

-There’s strong bipartisan consensus nationally that Garland at least deserves a fair shot at being confirmed. 65% of voters think the Senate should have hearings on his nomination, to only 17% opposed to doing that. Even a majority of Republicans (55%) support holding hearings.

-There could be a big price to pay politically for Senate Republicans if they continue to obstruct the Garland nomination. 50% of voters say they’d be less likely to vote for a Senator who opposed having confirmation hearings, compared to only 18% who say that stance would make them more likely to vote for their Senator.

Mitch McConnell’s unpopularity continues to be a huge drag on the brand of Senate Republicans. Only 11% of voters nationally approve of the job he’s doing as Senate Majority Leader, to 61% who disapprove. Incumbents running for reelection across the country this year will be hurt by their association with him.

Tom JensenPublic Policy Polling. “American’s Don’t Trust Trump On Supreme Court Vacation,” May 9, 2016http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2015/NationalSupremeCourtPollMay2016.pdf

Public Policy Polling interviewed 884 registered voters nationally on May 4th and 5th. The survey’s margin of error is +/-3.3%. This research was conducted on behalf of Americans United for Change.

Full results here

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