A majority of voters want the next Supreme Court justice to support abortion rights, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the immediate wake of Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement last week.
With the prospect that President Donald Trump’s pending pick to replace Kennedy could join with the existing four justices appointed by Republican presidents to overturn Roe v. Wade, 52 percent of voters say they hope the new justice supports a woman’s right to an abortion. Only 29 percent say they hope the new justice opposes abortion rights, while the remaining 19 percent don’t know or have no opinion.
Democrats hope the nominee supports abortion rights by a large margin, 73 percent to 13 percent. A smaller majority of Republicans hope the nominee is opposed to abortion rights, 54 percent, compared to 31 percent who hope the nominee is supportive. Independent voters hope the next justice is a backer of abortion rights by a roughly two-to-one margin: 49 percent to 24 percent.