America is changing its mind about Amy Coney Barrett just as the Senate is changing its priorities to confirm her.
Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court has become one of the most contentious in history, as it comes just weeks before the 2020 presidential election and would give the court a 6-3 conservative majority. But while just 37 percent of Americans said the Senate should vote to confirm Barrett two weeks ago, many have since changed their mind, a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday found.
When asked on Sept. 26, an earlier Politico/Morning Consult poll found 34 percent of voters said the Senate should vote to confirm Barrett. Another 37 percent said she should not be confirmed, while 29 percent had no opinion. The undecided crowd shrank in a poll taken Oct. 2–4, to 23 percent, and most have gone in favor of confirming Barrett. Nearly half — 46 percent — of voters now support voting to confirm her, while 31 percent say the Senate should vote no. Gains in support for confirmation came from Democrats, independents, and Republicans.
Democrats have used Republicans' refusal to hold hearings for former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland nine months before the 2016 election as evidence to hold up Barrett's nomination this time around. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed at the time the next justice should be chosen by whoever won the presidential election, but has changed his logic this time around.
Politico and Morning Consult surveyed around 2,000 voters for each of the polls, with a margin of error of around 2 percentage points.