Tuesday, November 15, 2016
What America Thinks: Voters Want SCOTUS Settled
Now that the election dust has settled, voters are looking ahead to what President-elect Donald Trump should tackle first. Twenty-two percent (22%) want him to fill the long-standing vacancy on the Supreme Court, second on the voters' wish list only to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
The appointment of a new Supreme Court justice has been on voters’ minds ever since the surprise death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the court's most influential conservative, in February. Senate Republicans ignored President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the post, saying the Supreme Court vacancy should be filled by the next president, even though half of voters felt the decision should be Obama's. Now, that duty falls to Trump, and voters agree that they want a justice who will make decisions based on what’s written in the U.S. Constitution and legal precedents, not on what the justices perceive to be just and fair. With Republicans still in control after last week's election, the Senate is expected to quickly confirm Trump's nominee.