A new poll from CNN found that two-thirds of Americans want the U.S. Senate to have a hearings on a new Supreme Court nominee.
The poll found that:
- 66% of Americans - and 67% of Republicans, specifically - want the Senate to have a hearing on a nominee
- 58% of Americans want President Obama to fill the Supreme Court seat this year
The poll comes at a time of great division between the parties on the issue, as CNN explained:
Obama has said he does plan to nominate someone for the seat, and has called on the Senate to vote on his nominee. Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has said the Senate Judiciary Committee would not hold hearings on any nominee put forward by Obama, nor would the full body vote on Obama's choice.