Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement this week, setting off a flurry of rumors around a potential replacement. However, voters now say they are not in favor of President Joe Biden’s plan to choose a nominee based on race and gender.
Biden promised multiple times on the campaign trail to nominate a black woman to the high court.
Polling from Rasmussen found that idea does not have as much support as Biden might think. Only 26% of those surveyed say basing SCOTUS picks on race and gender is “a good idea.” In fact, only 16% of independents say it is a good idea, compared to 47% of Democrats and 11% of Republicans.
“A majority of voters expect President Joe Biden to keep his campaign promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, but they don’t like the idea of choosing justices on the basis of race and gender,” Rasmussen said. “A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 59% of Likely U.S. voters expect Biden to keep his promise by nominating a black woman to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer. Only 19% think Biden will break his campaign promise, while 21% are not sure.”
Others have suggested Biden nominate a centrist or Republican black woman to unite the country.
“If he wants to unite the country, Biden should nominate Janice Rogers Brown,” said Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. “Committed constitutionalist who is also an African-American woman. Sadly, Biden personally filibustered her historic nomination to DC Circuit twice when he was in Senate. Now is the time to make amends.”
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