(NationalSentinel) Judiciary: A new survey found that eight in 10 likely voters believe President Donald J. Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will be confirmed to the nation’s highest court by the Senate.
The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 80 percent of voters think Gorsuch, a strict constitutionalist, will be confirmed. Forty-seven percent said it was Very Likely; 8 percent said they don’t think Gorsuch will make it.
Senate Democrats have vowed to opposed Goruch’s nomination, meaning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have to use the “nuclear option” – requiring just a simple majority of senators for confirmation. (RELATED: Despite what McConnell says, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will ‘go nuclear’)
At 49, Gorsuch is the youngest nominee to the Supreme Court in 25 years and, if confirmed, could serve on the high court for decades.
“When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people: If I were elected president, I would find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court,” Trump said in announcing his nominee last month.
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“I promised to select someone who respects our laws and is representative of our Constitution and who loves our Constitution. And someone who will interpret [it] as written,” he continued. “This may be the most transparent judicial selection process in history,” he said, adding that he provided a list of candidates to the American people during his campaign and made a pledge to select an individual from that list.
“Millions of voters said this list was the single most important issue to them when they voted for me for president. I am a man of my word,” Trump said. “I will do as I say, something that the American people have been asking for from Washington for a very, very long time.”
Gorsuch has been a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit since 2006. He did not face any Senate opposition when he was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush. But this nomination will be different.