So much for the process argument. In a survey that took place in part during and after Senate testimony from Amy Coney Barrett, Gallup finds that a majority of Americans support her confirmation to the Supreme Court. Barrett gets the first such Gallup majority since Elena Kagan — although opposition is also the highest ever, 51/46.
Senate Democrats hoped to delegitimize Barrett, but that effort appears to have backfired:
A slim 51% majority of Americans support federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last month. At the same time, 46% of U.S. adults do not want Barrett to be seated, and 3% do not yet have an opinion of her nomination.
Barrett is the twelfth Supreme Court nominee for whom Gallup has measured public support since 1987. The public’s initial support for Barrett’s confirmation is higher than either of President Donald Trump’s two previous nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — had at any point prior to their confirmations. But opposition is also higher than any other nominee’s initial reading. This is owed to the fact that the percentage of Americans with no opinion on the Barrett vote is strikingly lower than it has been for any other nominee in Gallup’s history.
On average, 25% of Americans have not had an opinion of Supreme Court nominees in the initial measure after the president’s selection. The 3% with no opinion on Barrett’s nomination is even lower than the average 22% that Gallup has seen in the final measurement before the last eight justices were confirmed.