October 12, 2020
Crosswind Texas Pulse poll finds Republican and Democrat voters are deeply divided on Supreme Court nomination
Large majorities of Texas Democrats and Republicans disagree over Senate confirmation process to replace Ginsburg, according to Crosswind Texas Pulse Poll
AUSTIN, Tex. – Texans are divided by party affiliation over the question of when the United States Senate should act on the Supreme Court nomination to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to the latest Crosswind Media & Public Relation Texas Pulse Poll.
As Senate hearings begin in Washington D.C. this week to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, debate between Democrats and Republicans on how to conduct the confirmation process properly continues to rage. In Texas, voters affiliated with both parties appear just as divided over the confirmation process as their elected officials in Washington.
Results from the Crosswind Texas Pulse survey shows Texans disagreeing along party lines over the confirmation process to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 79% of Texas Republicans say that the U.S. Senate should confirm “as soon as possible before the 2020 election” the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. 71% of Texas Democrats want the winner of the election to appoint a new Justice after the election.
Texans preferring neither major party were split 42% to 42% between those same options. A small minority of all three groups prefer confirming the nominee between election day and the inauguration in January, regardless of the victor between Trump and Biden.
“Texans are as divided as we presume the nation is on the question of when to confirm the nomination to the Supreme Court,” said Crosswind CEO Thomas Graham.
“Nationwide in 2016, two-thirds of Republicans and only 1 in 5 Democrats wanted to wait for the November election results before confirming Obama nominee Merrick Garland,” said Crosswind analyst Dr. Brian Watson. “Those views have flipped completely among Texas Republicans and Democrats in 2020.”
The Crosswind Texas Pulse announced results last week finding Donald Trump leading Joe Biden by 7% in the Lone Star State and 1 in 3 Texans saying the economy and jobs is the most important issue facing the state in 2020.
In this survey of 1000 likely voters in Texas, there is a +/- 3% margin of error assuming a 95 percent confidence interval. Demographics in this sample are based on self-reported responses. 53 percent of respondents identified as female and 47 percent identified as male. For age, 37 percent of the sample is between 18-39 years old, 48 percent is between 40-64, and 15 percent is 65 years or older. By ethnicity, 24 percent of the sample identified as Hispanic/Latino, 12 percent identified as Black, 56 percent identified as white, and 8 percent represent other groups. By political party affiliation, the sample is 38 percent Republican, 32 percent Democrat and 30 percent chose neither major party.
The survey was conducted by Crosswind and Pulse Opinion Research on October 5-6, 2020. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports, LLC. 70% of the sample calls were placed to randomly selected phone numbers through a process that insures appropriate geographic and age representation. 30% of the sample was conducted via online surveys of individuals who use a cell phone as their primary telephone. After the calls and online surveys are completed, the raw data is processed through a weighting program to ensure that the sample reflects the overall population in terms of age, race, gender, political party, and other factors.
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