Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Amy Coney Barrett To Be Supreme Court Justice
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett stands as she is sworn in during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice in the Hart Senate Office Building on October 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. With less than a month until the presidential election, President Donald Trump tapped Amy Coney Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years. If confirmed, Barrett would replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

With the third day of hearings underway, Pennsylvania voters are weighing in on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett. 41% of Pennsylvania of those polled believe Barrett should be confirmed to the US Supreme Court, while 36% disapprove, and 23% are unsure.

The Political IQ poll, conducted by Scott Rasmussen, showed 49% of men and 35% of women favor Barrett being approved, while 38% of women and 33% of men say she shouldn’t be approved. In terms of favorability, 43% of those polled find Barrett either very or somewhat favorable, and 31% see her either somewhat or very unfavorable.

When asked about the political make-up of the Supreme Court, a third of those polled felt the ideological balance was about right, with 30% saying it’s too conservative, 21% saying it’s too liberal, and 16% not sure.

The overall performance of the High Court got mixed reviews from Pennsylvania, with the poll showing 45% either strongly or somewhat strongly approved of the performance of the Court. 48% either strongly or somewhat strongly disapproved, and 8% were unsure. 

Data released earlier shows that former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in the race for Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral Votes (link this sentence to main PA story). Even in a Strong Republican Turnout, the PoliticalIQ poll shows Biden retaining a small 2% lead over Trump.


The survey of 800 Likely Pennsylvania Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from October 7-12, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were randomly selected from a list of Registered Voters and contacted via text or through a process of Random Digital Engagement. The Likely Voter sample was derived from a larger sample of Registered Voters using screening questions and other factors. Certain quotas were applied to the larger sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

Forty-two percent (42%) of the Likely Voters either identify as Republican or Lean Republican. Forty-six percent (46%) either identify as a Democrat or Lean Democrat. Twelve percent (12%) do not identify with either major party. PA survey
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