Nearly 4 in 10 Catholic independents support Barrett’s nomination, with almost 3 in 10 opposing and about 1 in 3 saying they don’t have enough information to make a decision.
Fifty-seven percent of men surveyed said they support the appointment, compared to 37% of women. Fifty-four percent of white survey respondents said they support the nomination, compared to 40% of Black respondents and 32% of Hispanics.
Catholics who say they accept all of the Church’s teachings were significantly more likely to support Barrett’s nomination, with 74% saying they did, compared to 39% of those who say they do not accept everything that the Church teaches.
Barrett was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump on September 26, to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democratic leaders have argued that Trump should not have nominated a replacement for Ginsburg so close to the presidential election, but should have waited to allow the winner of the election to make the appointment. Trump has responded by saying that his term is not over and an incumbent president has a responsibility to fill vacancies.
Forty-eight percent of Catholic likely voters said a president should fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year, while 43% said a president should wait so that the winner of the election can make the appointment, with another 9% saying they were uncertain.
Republicans overwhelmingly said that a president should fill an election year vacancy, with 8 in 10 agreeing, compared to about a quarter of Democrats and half of Independents who said the same.