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Poll: Voters Don’t Like the Idea of Picking Supreme Court Justice on the Basis of Race, Gender

Brandon, during a 2020 campaign stop in South Carolina, pledged that if elected he would appoint a black woman as a Supreme Court justice if the had the opportunity to do so.

When Justice Breyer’s retirement was announced, Brandon stood by that pledge to base his pick for one of nine justices in the highest court in the land not on merit, but on the diversity credentials that are most valuable at the moment. He said he’d pick his diversity candidate by the end of February.

Unsurprisingly, most Americans aren’t particularly thrilled with Biden’s pledge to create some reverse version of Jim Crow and prioritize advancing people of one amount of melanin over others.

That’s according to Rasmussen, which, from Jan. 26-27, surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters and asked them if they “believe picking justices on the basis of race and gender is a bad idea.”

The survey, which had a 3 percentage point margin of error, found that 61 percent of Americans think that picking a justice based on race and sex is a bad idea, with 26 percent of those polled disagreeing and thinking that making race and gender the “basis of choosing appointments” is a good idea.

The remaining 14 percent are unsure, which is bizarre; normally people have an opinion on racism and sexism.

The results are predictably dependent on party affiliation. Among Democrats, support for a race and gender-based SCOTUS pick is quite high at 47 percent. Only 16 percent of independents and 11 percent of Republicans agree, showing that the new racism and sexism is a primarily Democrat-driven phenomenon.

Conversely, 82 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Independents think that picking a SCOTUS justice based on those criteria is a bad idea. Ony 37 percent of Democrats agreed, which you’ll note is fewer than the number that supported such a policy; Democrats, by a margin of ten points, stand in favor of determining appointments based on race and sex.

The poll also found that one’s opinion on the issue is strongly correlated to opinions of Brandon’s job performance, with those that support him liking it the most and those that detest him liking the idea the least. In the words of the report:

Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 66 percent think it’s a good idea to make race and gender the basis of Supreme Court nominations, but among those who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 95 percent think it’s a bad idea.”

In addition to asking likely voters whether they think such a race and sex-based pick is a good idea, the survey had this question for the same likely voters: “Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring. During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised to nominate a black woman to fill the next vacancy on the Supreme Court. Do you expect Biden to keep his promise?

On that question, 59 percent of likely voters expect Brandon to follow through with the 2020 pledge he recently reiterated, with 21 percent unsure and only 19 percent thinking he won’t go through with it. Democrats are more hopeful he’ll keep his pledge, with 72 percent thinking he’ll follow through. Only 52 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of independents agree.

Americans want merit to be the final say, not race and gender. Unfortunately, Brandon doesn’t agree. He’d rather cover for his terribleness by pushing divisive, race-based policies.


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