When former President Barack Obama moved to fill an election-year Supreme Court vacancy in 2016, a Monmouth University poll found 73 percent of voters said the nominee, Merrick Garland, should get a hearing. The same poll released Monday found that 53 percent say President Trump's nominee Amy Coney Barrett should be considered. Trump formally nominated the conservative judge on Saturday to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Just 31 percent of Democratic voters say the Senate should hold hearings to consider Barrett. Meanwhile 73 percent of Republicans say the Senate should hold the hearings, and 60 percent of independents agree. In 2016, 56 percent of Republicans said Garland should get a hearing after he was nominated in March that year, with more than 6 months until the upcoming election.
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