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Voters Closely Divided Over RBG's Future on Supreme Court

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Despite Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's continuing medical issues and her unprecedented absence from the high court, voters aren’t convinced the 85-year-old jurist will step down in time for President Trump to name her replacement.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely that Ginsburg will step down from the U.S. Supreme Court before the end of Trump’s current term in office. Slightly more (43%) think it’s unlikely she’ll step down before the end of 2020. This includes 17% who say it’s Very Likely and another 17% who say it's Not At All Likely.  But 17% more are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 20-21, 2019 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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