Since Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last week, Democrats have argued President Trump should wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to nominate his replacement. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has been leading this charge.
If GOP were consistent, they would wait to consider Justice Kennedy’s successor until after the midterm elections. Time & again Ldr McConnell claimed the American ppl should have a voice in deciding the next SCOTUS Justice. That was in Feb of an election year. It’s almost July.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 28, 2018
But according to a new set of polls the majority of Americans want a new nominee confirmed as soon as possible, not months from now.
First, from NBC News/Survey Monkey:
More than six in 10 Americans, or 62 percent, said Trump's nominee, who will be announced on Monday, should be confirmed or rejected before the elections in which control of the House and Senate are at stake. About three in 10, or 33 percent, said the Senate should wait until after the elections, the poll found.
And from Rasmussen Reports:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Senate should move as quickly as possible to confirm a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Forty percent (40%) disagree and say the confirmation should be put off until a new Senate takes office in January.
President Trump has been meeting with potential nominees all week and will make a final decision on July 9 about who will replace Justice Kennedy.