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About 76% of Americans disagree with U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to limit his Supreme Court Justice search to only a Black woman to fill the high-court vacancy, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll found.
Biden vowed to select a Black woman to fill the vacancy — prompted by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer’s coming retirement — without reviewing all potential candidates and the new poll reveals a sharply negative reaction from voters, ABC reports.
“The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” Biden said on Thursday. “It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”
The poll results show a plurality of Americans view the Supreme Court as motivated by partisanship.
According to the ABC News/Ipos poll, three-quarters of Americans (76%) want Biden to consider “all possible nominees,” while 23% want Biden to follow through on his history-making commitment to select a Black woman to fill the high-court vacancy.
ABC reports that at a ceremony honoring the retiring justice, Biden told reporters he is able to honor his promise without compromising on quality.
ABC reports that although the poll’s sample size was not large enough to break out results for Black people, only a little more than 1 in 4 nonwhite Americans (28%) wish for Biden to consider only Black women for the vacancy.
Democrats are more supportive of Biden’s vow (46%) than Americans as a whole, but still, a majority of Democrats (54%) also prefer that Biden consider all possible nominees, the outlet reports.