the item follows a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, released Friday, which found 67 percent of Americans do not want the high court to reverse Roe. Only 29 percent of respondents to the survey said they want the Supreme Court to overturn the decision.
Two some other recent surveys show broad support for the Roe ruling. Voters agree with the decision by a 63 percent to 31 percent margin, a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found. Meanwhile, a Daily Beast/Ipsos survey found only 33 percent of Americans think abortion should be completely illegal, while 63 percent disagree.
The Roe ruling will be a crucial litmus test for whomever Trump nominates for the seat. How the candidate answers questions about the case could mark or break confirmation in a closely divided Senate.
GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine as well as Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have generally supported abortion rights, could determine the potential justice’s fate. Collins said Sunday of which she “could not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade.”
A possible justice could, of course, avoid declaring open hostility toward the Roe decision during the confirmation process, only to rule to weaken or overturn the item on the court.
On Monday, Trump said he interviewed four potential justices as well as plans to talk to two or three more. Last week, he said he could not ask them about their stances on Roe v. Wade.
Trump described his possible choices as “highly talented, very brilliant, mostly conservative judges.”