Fifty-seven percent of respondents to the national poll said Obama should be able to make the pick. Sixty-four percent said Senate Republicans should hold hearings on D.C. Circuit chief judge Merrick Garland‘s nomination.
Fifty-eight percent said opposition to Garland’s nomination would not be justified on the mere basis that he was appointed by the current president and not his successor.
Congressional Republican leadership initially said they would not even take a look at anyone nominated by Obama, but there has recently been a small but notable thaw in that position.
A spokesperson for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Friday that Republicans “assume the administration will fill out the standard questionnaire submitted for judicial nominations,” BuzzFeed reports.
The White House reacted with optimism although the Republican spokesperson was careful to stress the position that “a majority of the Senate has made clear that the American people should have an opportunity to weigh in on this vacancy.”