Black Women Overwhelmingly Support Black Female Supreme Court Nominee: Poll

Black women are overwhelmingly in favor of President Joe Biden nominating a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

The survey was conducted by Higher Heights in conjunction with Change Research. It found that 86 percent of Black women voters support prioritizing the nomination of the first Black woman to the nation's highest court when a vacancy next arises.

The poll results come as it is confirmed that Associate Justice Stephen Breyer will retire from the Court when the current term ends in June this year, and amid renewed focus on Biden's promise to nominate a Black woman to the Court.

Higher Heights describes itself as the "only national organization exclusively dedicated to harnessing Black women's political power from the voting booth to elected office."

The poll was conducted from January 4 to 9 among 507 Black women voters nationwide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.04 percent.

"Black women are a pivotal voting bloc, and this polling data lays out why the time is now for a Black woman justice on the Supreme Court," Glynda C. Carr, Higher Heights president and CEO, said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Black women have shown how powerful our activism and organizing can be in politics, yet we are still grossly underrepresented in leadership on every level," Carr said.

"There are zero Black women on the Supreme Court, zero Black women in the Senate, zero Black women governors, and zero Black women have ever served as president of this country.

"There is no doubt that Black women are uniquely qualified to lead in these roles, and we call on President Biden to address this major gap in representation and ensure that our country's leadership is fully reflective of the people it serves, beginning with our nation's highest court," Carr said.

During the 2020 presidential election, Biden committed to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court if an opportunity arose to fill a vacancy.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated on Wednesday that the president intended to keep to that commitment.

"The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that," Psaki told reporters at the White House press briefing. "For today, again, I'm just not going to be able to say anything about any specifics until, of course, Justice Breyer makes any announcement should he decide to make an announcement."

There has already been significant speculation about who Biden will nominate to the Court, with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Associate Justice Leondra Kruger of the Supreme Court of California considered serious contenders.

The U.S. Supreme Court Building
The U.S. Supreme Court building on the day it was reported that Associate Justice Stephen Breyer would soon retire on January 26, 2022 in Washington, D.C. A poll has shown that 86 percent of Black women voters support prioritizing nominating a Black woman to the Court. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images