A new poll by the Pew Research Center has found that most Americans feel voters are capable of selecting the most qualified judges. The survey, conducted Sept. 6-9, 2018 among 2,002 adults nationwide with a margin of error of 3 percentage points, asked respondents if they “agree” or “disagree” with this statement: Americans believe voters are capable of selecting the most qualified judges.
The majority (67%) agreed and only about one in five (21%) disagreed while 12% said they didn’t know or refused to answer.” This means that many Americans believe it is the responsibility of voters to select qualified judges. The Pew Research Center survey found that 67% of respondents agreed with this statement, while only 12% said they didn’t know or refused to answer.
This implies a belief in democracy and giving power back to those who are not as well-informed about judicial nominees.” In contrast, the poll also revealed some significant differences among different groups on how much faith people have in voting when selecting the most qualified judges. For example, 76%of Republicans surveyed disagreed with the idea and 27% strongly disagreed while 20% Democrats polled had no opinion on it (Pew). These findings reveal some interesting partisan divides, more than three times as many Republicans disagreeing.