In a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, results show that a majority of Americans view the Supreme Court as partisan and want President Biden to consider all potential candidates.
In fact, the president’s vow to select a Black woman to fill the court vacancy without considering all candidates brought forth a very negative reaction from voters.
According to ABC News, the poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News comes just after the announcement that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would be retiring at the end of the current term. This gives Biden the opportunity to add another more liberal voice to the conservative-leaning bench.
Biden has pledged to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court since the presidential primaries in Spring 2020. According to the poll, 76% of Americans want Biden to consider “all possible nominees.” Only 23% want him to follow through with his promise.
Biden has told reporters that he is able to honor this without compromising on quality. Biden said, “The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”
The poll’s sample size was not large enough to identify the opinions of just Black people on his promise. However, about 28% of non-white Americans wish for Biden to choose a Black woman for the vacancy. About 46% want Biden to follow through with his promise, but 54% would prefer he consider all potential nominees.
When it comes to the assessment of the Supreme Court as a whole, 43% of voters believe justices just vote along party lines rather than “on the basis of the law.” In the end, Biden faces high disapproval numbers on a variety of issues facing this country.