Democratic Support for Amy Coney Barrett's SC Nomination Nearly Doubles in Two Weeks: Poll

Support for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett being confirmed by the Senate has almost doubled among Democrats over two weeks, according to a new poll.

A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday and conducted between October 9 and October 11 found that 27 percent of Democrats favor Barrett being confirmed. A Morning Consult poll conducted on September 26, the same day Barrett was nominated, found that only 14 percent of Democrats supported her confirmation.

Most Democrats, 55 percent, still oppose Barrett's confirmation, while another 21 percent are undecided or have no opinion. Republican support for the conservative judge, already high at 71 percent in the first poll, increased to 77 percent in the recent poll. Independents moved from 28 percent to 38 percent in favor of Barrett being confirmed.

Among all registered voters, 48 percent said that the Senate should vote to confirm Barret, up from 37 percent on September 26. Just under a third, 31 percent, responded that she should not be confirmed, while 21 percent were undecided. While 57 percent of men favored Barrett's confirmation, only 40 percent of women agreed.

A plurality of 44 percent of registered voters said that they believe the Senate should decide Barrett's confirmation "as soon as possible, regardless of who wins the election," increasing from 39 percent two weeks earlier. The number of those who said that the Senate should "only vote on confirming her if President Trump wins the election" dropped from 40 percent to 36 percent.

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 2020. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds-Pool/Getty

Trump announced Barrett's nomination at a White House event that was later suspected of being the source of a COVID-19 outbreak among many prominent Republicans. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are both attending Barrett's confirmation hearings less than two weeks after testing positive.

Many Democrats have accused Republicans of hypocrisy for citing the 2016 presidential election as a reason to refuse hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died almost nine months before the election.

Republican leadership claimed that they would apply the same standard in the future, but quickly backtracked and vowed to confirm Barrett, a former Scalia clerk, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg less than two months before the current election.

"Republicans should honor this word [and] their promise and let the American people be heard," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the judiciary committee's ranking Democratic member, said in her opening statement on Monday. "Simply put, we should not be moving forward on this nomination – not until the election has ended and the next president has taken office."

Newsweek reached out to Feinstein's office for comment.