Rasmussen: Majority of voters expect Amy Coney Barrett confirmation


A majority of likely voters believe Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Screen snip, C-SPAN3)

A new Rasmussen survey released Monday shows a “sizeable majority” of likely voters expect Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be confirmed by the Senate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

However, according to Rasmussen, “voters aren’t convinced that federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett should sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.” It’s not explained why, but Rasmussen did note, “These findings are also comparable to initial voter attitudes just after President Obama named both of his choices for the Supreme Court – Judge Sonia Sotomayor and former Solicitor General Elena Kagan.” Both liberal women were ultimately confirmed.

But the Barrett nomination may be different. The far left seems terrified her addition to the high court will bring a reversal to Roe v. Wade, and thus bring about a dramatic shift regarding a woman’s “right to choose.” But there’s another right to choose at stake, the right of a woman, or any American for that matter, to choose whether they will exercise their right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.

Until the high court has a solid constitutional majority, it is believed Second Amendment cases will continue to be rejected for review. With Barrett on board, gun rights cases have a greater chance of being heard.

Gun rights is the issue hiding in the shadows, and liberals know it. For decades, the Supreme Court would not take a Second Amendment case. Then over the course of two years, the court took two—Heller and McDonald—and upheld the Second Amendment as protective of an individual right not related to militia service. Anti-gun liberals grimaced at that one, and in the decade since McDonald incorporated the Second Amendment to the states via the 14th Amendment, many federal judges have acted as though the ruling didn’t even exist. Gun right activists want that to change, and confirming Barrett could provide the dam-breaker.

Barrett’s nomination is getting high praise from gun rights groups, and accolades from a legion of other sources.

“Judge Barrett is eminently qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the nation,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Our research shows her to be an outstanding candidate and we hope the U.S. Senate can quickly vote to confirm her.”

The National Rifle Association said in a prepared statement that it “fully supports President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate should act swiftly to confirm her.”

“Judge Barrett’s record demonstrates a steadfast commitment to the fundamental rights enshrined in our Constitution,” NRA said. “With this nomination, President Trump continues his record of nominating qualified, fair-minded federal judges who respect the Bill of Rights – including the Second Amendment – to our nation’s highest court.”

Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel at the National Shooting Sports Foundation declared, “We are pleased to lend our support to President Trump’s nomination of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to approve her nomination as expeditiously as possible,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “We are confident Judge Barrett will serve our nation with distinction as an Associate Justice of our nation’s highest court and her service will reaffirm the importance of originalist jurists when protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”

The California-based Firearms Policy Coalition stated, “The American people deserve a strong Supreme Court majority that will do what the Constitution’s text and liberty compel. The Court must have the strength and courage to weigh in on these important issues and strike down the unjust and unconstitutional laws that separate the People from their rights, including the rights to keep and bear arms, freedom of speech, due process, and equal protection of the laws.

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Gun Owners of America Senior Vice President Erich Pratt added, “From a Second Amendment perspective, Judge Amy Coney Barrett appears to be a strong choice.”

According to Rasmussen, “Seventy-nine percent of likely voters think Barrett is likely to be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, with 54% who say it’s Very Likely.”

“This compares to 83% and 47% respectively for Judge Brett Kavanaugh just after President Trump announced his nomination in July 2018 and 86% and 52% respectively for Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first high court pick, in February 2017,” Rasmussen reported.

“Predictably,” Rasmussen added, “76% of Republicans believe the Senate should confirm the GOP president’s latest nominee. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats and 53% of voters not affiliated with either major party oppose her confirmation. But 76% of Democrats and 71% of unaffiliated voters agree with 90% of Republicans that the Senate is likely to confirm Barrett.”

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