On September 18, 2020, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at age 87. Her death came just 46 days from the presidential election on November 3rd, 2020. Now, it has become highly debated if President Donald Trump or the winner of the election should fill the court’s vacancy. 

Despite a spike in coronavirus cases among government officials, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold four days of public hearings, beginning the week of October 12th to fill the Supreme Court Justice seat with Amy Coney Barrett

TapResearch wanted to understand U.S public opinion on who should fill the  Supreme Court vacancy. Our poll targeted 1,000 registered voters aged 18-64 with two disqualifying questions that establish a basic knowledge of the topic. The poll was launched 09/29/20 and completed in an hour with 642 responses. The full results can be found here. 

According to our poll, 34% of respondents do not know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Supreme Court Justice and 35% of respondents do not know there are nine Supreme Court Justice positions. 

Our findings show that 58.5% of respondents believe the winner of the election should appoint the next supreme court justice.

“58.5% of Americans believe the winner of the election should appoint the next supreme court justice”

When we cross-compare the data by who Americans plan to vote for in the 2020 election, we see that 80.2% of Trump supporters think Trump should appoint the next Supreme Court Justice. On the other hand, 88% of Biden supporters think the next Supreme Court Justice should be appointed by the winner of the election.

A few big issues are at the forefront of American’s minds when it comes to filling this Supreme Court vacancy – Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, we compared the respondent’s views on these topics to their view on who should fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

Our results show that 73.6% of respondents who support  Roe v. Wade think the winner of the election should fill the supreme court vacancy. Only 39% of respondents who support  Roe v. Wade believe Trump should appoint the next supreme court justice. 

Our poll shows that 78.7% of respondents who support the Affordable Care Act believe the winner of the election should fill the supreme court vacancy. With only 23.5% of respondents who support the Affordable Care Act want Trump should appoint the next supreme court justice.

Our result suggests that opinions on Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act impact respondent’s views on who should fill the supreme court vacancy. Ultimately, a majority (58.5% of respondents) believe the winner of the election should appoint the next Supreme Court Justice, but the results are divided down political lines. 

About the Poll

TapResearch conducted this survey across its network of random mobile devices. The poll was conducted on September 29, 2020, with 642 respondents. 

If you’re a mobile marketer or decision-maker and would like to run a similar poll across the TapResearch mobile sample network please contact Michael Sprague at michael@tapresearch.com.

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