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Voters Say Senate Should Vote on All Presidential Nominees

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Many Republican senators are proposing to delay action on President Obama's yet-to-be announced nominee to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but most voters think the Senate has a responsibility to vote on all of the president's nominees.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters believe every person the president nominates to serve as a judge or in a government position should receive an up or down vote on the floor of the Senate. That's up from 50% when we first asked this question in July 2013. Just 21% disagree, while another 21% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 15-16, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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