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Poll: Most Americans Want Biden to Consider ‘All Possible Nominees’ for Supreme Court Justice



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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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  1. Linda burgess

    February 1, 2022 at 9:25 am

    How in the world is this not discrimination! There would be an uproar if biden said “I am only nominating white women” . All qualified candidates should be considered ! Come on man, use your brain !

  2. Cal Romaneschi

    February 1, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    That’s to bad that Biden will only look at black females for the Supreme Court and not all qualified candidates, sounds racist to me.

  3. Marianne Kosovich

    February 3, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Making such a ‘commitment’ without receiving and reviewing any and all applications and/or recommendations is discriminatory in and of itself.
    If he can’t see that then he does not have an open mind to seek out ‘the best’ candidate.

  4. Thomas Whitford

    February 9, 2022 at 10:31 am

    I believe that when you as an employer are looking for a candidate to fill a vacancy in any situation, you need to hire an individual Based upon their abilities to do the job period. RACE, COLOR OF SKIN SHOULD NOT BE A FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION MAKING PROCESS,ONLY THE SKILL AND ABILITY OF THE CANDIDATES SHOULD CONSIDERED IN ALL FAIRNESS TO ALL.

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