Pew: More support than oppose Colorado's Gorsuch for Supreme Court

By: Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner
February 16, 2017 Updated: February 16, 2017 at 7:26 pm
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Pew: More support than oppose Gorsuch for Supreme Court 

A Pew Research poll released Thursday evening found more voters want the Senate to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch than the number of those who oppose his confirmation.

The Feb. 7-12 survey concluded 44 percent of voters favor the upper chamber confirming the Colorado judge to the highest court in the land, while 32 percent do not. Nearly one-quarter did not have an opinion on the matter.

Former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland received a similar amount of support last year with 46 percent in favor and 30 percent opposed.

Republicans are more supportive of Gorsuch than Democrats are against the nominee. Nearly eight-in-10 Republican-affiliated respondents said the Senate should vote to confirm Gorsuch, while only 9 percent of conservatives disagreed. Across the aisle, exactly half of Democrats oppose Gorsuch, but 23 percent are in favor of his appointment.

The poll spoke with 11 percent more Democrats than Republicans, a higher divide than in the eight previous surveys it has conducted on the issue. Approximately 34 percent of respondents were Democrats and 23 percent were Republicans.

A Fox News poll released Wednesday found 49 percent of likely voters supported Gorsuch's nomination.

The study was conducted by telephone interviews with 1,503 adults nationwide. The collective margin of error was 2.9 percentage points, while among Republicans it was 4.7 percentage points and 4.0 points with Democrats.

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