According to a recent ABC News-Ipsos poll, over three-fourths (76 percent) of U.S citizens sought President Joe Biden to review all prospective nominees to relieve retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
BREAKING: Just over three-quarters of Americans (76%) want Pres. Biden to consider “all possible nominees,” while 23% want him to follow through on his commitment to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, per a new @ABC News/Ipsos poll. https://t.co/FHLGrgJg9Z
— ABC News (@ABC) January 30, 2022
The poll arrives following Biden’s statement on Thursday that he will announce his nominee before the end of next month, and that the candidate will be a Black woman.
Amongst Democrats, 54 percent were in favor of taking into consideration all nominees irrespective of race and gender. Only 23 percent of those polled need Biden to limit his list of nominees to Black women.
The remaining findings from the poll were harsh toward the president, who gathered low approval numbers over problems arising from inflation, with 69 percent disapproving due to increasing crime and gun violence. Just 1 percent of those polled stated the situation of the economy is “excellent.”
Biden’s Supreme Court declaration sees through on a promise that he made during the 2020 campaign.
When his campaign was weak during the 2020 Democratic preliminary in South Carolina, Biden purportedly told Representative Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., that he would pledge in public to elect a Black woman to the high court as a replacement for the House majority whip’s endorsement.
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Biden’s promise has been censured by people who assert that he is enabling identity politics to get into the Supreme Court.
Earlier this week, the then Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson told WMAL that “to create that kind of situation in the highest court in the land is abominable, and very detrimental to our freedoms.”
Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the manner Biden has driven the court vacancy has been “clumsy at best.”
She said, “It adds to the further perception that the court is a political institution like Congress when it is not supposed to be.”