When Joe Biden vowed to appoint a black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, he may have kept a campaign pledge, but he appears to have gone against the majority of likely voters who told a new Rasmussen survey that “picking justices on the basis of race and gender is a bad idea.”
Sixty-one percent of likely voters evidently don’t care for the idea of putting race and gender ahead of qualifications. However, 59 percent of voters do expect Biden to keep his promise, but according to Rasmussen, “only 26% of voters think it’s a good idea to make race and gender the basis of choosing appointments to the Supreme Court.”
As reported earlier, NBC began speculating about possible replacements almost immediately. The network said potential candidates might include U.S. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, a former Breyer law clerk; and Leondra Kruger, a justice on California’s Supreme Court. Brteyer’s announcement set off a frenzy of speculation, as noted by AmmoLand News.
Biden is almost certain to nominate a liberal with a narrow opinion about the Second Amendment, but with a conservative majority remaining on the high court, the presence of another liberal will not likely change hmow the court comes down on gun rights for at least the foreseeable future.
According to the new Rasmussen survey, “37 percent of voters believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or excellent job, an increase from the 33% who felt that way last September, but still below the all-time high of 43% in 2018 and 2019.” Only 24 percent “now say the Supreme Court is doing a poor job, down from 30% last September.”
The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on January 26-27 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Conservative commenters have been sniping at Biden for making race and gender an issue. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has promised to push Biden’s nomination through with the utmost speed.
Breyer reportedly was under considerable pressure to step down so Biden could fill the vacancy with another liberal, rather than try to get a far left nominee through the confirmation process later, in the event Republicans recapture the Senate in November.
In a related development, Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows 47 percent of likely voters “strongly disapprove” of the job Biden is doing, while only 20 percent “strongly approve” of his job performance. He winds up with a presidential approval index rating of -27.
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