It’s official: Obama has picked Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court nominee. Senate Republicans have repeatedly said they will not hold a hearing no matter who the nominee is and that “the people” should decide. But the people are clearly telling the Senate they want the Senate to #DoYourJob and consider the nominee.
A recent poll found that by “a 19 point margin, voters say they’re less likely to vote for a senator who refuses to consider a nominee to the Supreme Court this year,” and that “they really don’t want any of the Republican front runners for President making the call.”
A Wall Street Journal poll found last week that a nationwide majority of voters disapprove of Senate Republicans’ plans not to consider President Obama’s nominee.
A CNN poll similarly found that 66% of voters say the Senate should give Obama’s nominee a hearing, and that includes 67% of Republicans, 69% of Independents, and 60% of Democrats.
And what happens if Senate Republicans don’t listen to their voters? They could lose their majority. The Republicans hold a 54 – 46 lead over Democrats in the Senate. But in the closest races, voters are clearly saying they want the Senate to consider the nominee:
- Pennsylvania: 76/20 of all voters, and 67/27 of Republicans
- Ohio: 74/18 of all voters, and 63/32 of Republicans
- New Hampshire: 78% of all voters, and 66 % of Republicans
- Wisconsin: 76% in Wisconsin, and 66% of Republicans
- Iowa: 66/26, and 50/39, for Republicans
- Arizona: 69/25, and 56/35 for Republicans
- North Carolina: 66/25, and 54/38 for Republicans
- Missouri: 66/24, 52/37, for Republicans
Moreover, majorities of voters in all eight states say they’re less likely to re-elect their senator if he or she fails to consider a nominee.
So #DoYourJob or lose your job. And your majority.