Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Public Doesn't Want Senate's Filibuster Rule Eliminated
Republicans in the Senate may have trouble getting enough votes to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee. That's because Democrats have said they will filibuster the nominee, which means it will take 60 votes to get him approved. The Republicans don't have 60 votes in the Senate, and if the Democrats stick together, Trump's nominee could not get confirmed.
This has Republicans talking about a "nuclear option" -- eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees (a move that could be used against them when Democrats retake the Senate). It's a dilemma. Neither side wants to eliminate the time-honored tradition of the filibuster, but the chances are that it will be done (unless several Democrats show they are too gutless to fight).
If the Republicans do choose to eliminate the filibuster though, they will be going against the will of the people. A new poll shows that about 7 out of 10 (69%) don't want the filibuster eliminated when it comes to considering Supreme Court nominees.
The charts above reflect results from the latest Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner Research Poll -- done between January 27th and 31st of a random national sample of 601 likely November 2018 voters, with a 4 point margin of error.
The poll also shows that Americans would oppose a nominee that would vote against Roe v. Wade, or a candidate that supports Citizens United. Trump's nominee does both.