President Joe Biden announced on the campaign trail that if he had the opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court Justice, he would be sure to choose a Black female. Now that he is faced with that decision, the American people think more than just race and gender need to be considered.
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows Biden’s vow to select a Black woman “without reviewing all potential candidates evokes a sharply negative reaction from voters” writes ABC News. Current Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer announced he will retire at the end of the current term.
76% of Americans urge Biden to consider “all possible nominees.” Only 23% want him to follow through with his declaration, no questions asked. ABC notes 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” adds ABC.
Biden told reporters he promises his choice will not compromise on quality, at the ceremony honoring retiring justice Breyer. “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.
“It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”
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