With veteran anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer threatening to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Rasmussen Reports revealed that 49 percent of likely voters believe opposition to Gorsuch “is due mostly to partisan politics.”
The same Rasmussen survey found that 82 percent believe Gorsuch will likely be confirmed, thus restoring the balance to the U.S. Supreme Court.
So where does that put Schumer, a perennial gun control advocate? On somewhat shaky ground, it would appear after last week’s threat, which was widely reported.
According to Rasmussen, only 35 percent of survey respondents think that opposition to Gorsuch is based on “honest differences.” But over the weekend, some pundits suggested that opponents are scrambling to justify their pre-ordained opposition.
Still, Rasmussen discovered that 39 percent of Democrats “agree that the opposition to the nominee is mostly politically driven, a view held by 59% of Republicans and 50% of voters not affiliated with either major party.”
Capitol Hill Democrats were patting each other on the back with last week’s setback on efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Some see it as a victory for conservatives, others argue that the “good” was sacrificed in search of the “perfect,” but that has yet to be decided.
But as Gen. George S. Patton observed, “All glory is fleeting.” For the nation’s Second Amendment activists, it is more important for Gorsuch to be seated on the high court than for an Obamacare crush to happen 65 days into Trump’s presidency. Mounting a charge to delay Gorsuch being seated could only serve to demonstrate just how partisan Democrats have become.
Underscoring that was another Rasmussen revelation: While 72 percent of Republicans think Gorsuch should be confirmed, only 22 percent of Democrats think likewise. Thirty-seven percent of independents think he should be confirmed.
The survey was conducted March 20-21 among 1,000 likely voters with a margin of sampling error of =/- 3 percentage points.