With confirmation hearings beginning on Capitol Hill, a new poll shows Florida voters support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Monday, St. Leo University released a poll it conducted online on Monday which showed that a majority of Floridians back the nomination. Asked if they support the nomination, 30 percent of those surveyed say they strongly support it while 24 percent somewhat support it. Less than a quarter of those surveyed oppose the nomination with 13 percent somewhat opposed to it and 11 percent strongly opposed to it. More than a fifth of those surveyed--21 percent--are unsure.
Those numbers are mirrored at the national level with St. Leo releasing another online poll on Monday. At the national level, 27 percent of those surveyed strongly support the nomination while 24 percent somewhat support it. While 22 percent are unsure, 15 percent of voters across the nation are somewhat opposed to the nomination while 13 percent strongly oppose it.
“Republicans should be relatively happy with these numbers,” said Frank Orlando, the director of the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. Orlando noted voters outside the two major parties back the nomination. “In an era when any pick made by the opposing party is attacked, it appears as though Gorsuch's strong reputation has been able to keep him above the fray. There's little doubt that this has been President Trump's most successful move in the White House so far."
The poll also found Floridians did not like the idea of Senate Democrats using the filibuster against the nomination with 45 percent of residents of the Sunshine State against it while 35 percent support the filibuster and 20 percent are unsure. On the national level, 33 percent of those surveyed back a filibuster, 42 percent are against it and 25 percent are not sure.
"The public's understanding of techniques like the filibuster is limited, so voters will tend to fall back on partisan loyalties when answering this question,” Orlando said. “That being said, results show that the Democrats have a lot of work to do in terms of messaging if they are going to sway public opinion on this issue."
Orlando noted that the poll showed independents leaned against the idea of a filibuster.
“This means that if the Democrats hang together, it's an appeal to their base, and not much else,” Orlando said.
Using an “online survey instrument,” St. Leo took a national poll of 1,073 Americans from March 3-March 11 which had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. St. Leo also took a poll of 507 Floridians during the same period which had a survey of +/- 4.5 percent.