Majority see Barrett confirmation ‘Very Likely,’ says Rasmussen


A new Rasmussen survey says a majority of likely voters believe Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Screen snip, YouTube, CBSN)

A new Rasmussen Survey says 68 percent of Americans believe it is very likely that Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed to fill an occupancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, although there are partisan divisions to be certain.

Rasmussen says its latest telephone survey finds that 51 percent of likely voters believe the Senate should confirm Judge Barrett, and 88 percent think confirmation is likely. That includes the 68 percent who believe it is “very likely.”

However, according to Rasmussen, “Eighty-two percent (82%) of Republicans say the Senate should confirm Barrett, a view shared by 29% of Democrats. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democratic voters disagree. Voters not affiliated with either major party are evenly divided.”

The hearings were contentious.

Perhaps the lowest point of the hearings came when Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)—reading from what appeared to be a list of prepared questions—asked Judge Barrett, as her family sat silently behind her, “Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?”

Her confirmation has gun control lobbying groups nervous. According to an article at the Heritage Foundation’s website written by Amy Swearer, a legal fellow at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Judge Barrett’s “originalist” brand spells bad news for gun prohibitionists. An “originalist” understands “the words of the Second Amendment had a specific meaning at the time they were ratified, and that meaning doesn’t change according to a judge’s arbitrary whims,” Swearer wrote.

And, as underscored by an emotional email from the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Judge Barrett has “confirmed her reckless and extreme Second Amendment views.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on confirmation Oct. 22.

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