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New poll suggests Democrats' attacks on Gorsuch aren't working

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Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies March 22 on his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A plurality of voters believe that the Senate should confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

Of those surveyed, 44 percent said they think the Senate should vote to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for the high court, while 23 percent said Gorsuch should not be confirmed. Thirty-three percent of respondents offered no opinion.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for Democrats to filibuster the nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated that Republicans may use the nuclear option to confirm Gorsuch, which would allow them to circumvent the 60-vote threshold needed to end debate on the nomination and allow the body to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority vote.

Democrats used the nuclear option to confirm district and circuit court judges during former President Barack Obama’s administration.

The poll found that a majority of Americans — 61 percent — believe that Supreme Court nominees should be required to receive 60 votes in order to be confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Only 15 percent said they should not have to earn 60 votes in the Senate.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on  Gorsuch on April 3.

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