Iowans Less Likely to Vote for Grassley for Holding Up Nominee
By Simone Pathé
If there’s a face besides Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s behind Republicans’ refusal to hold hearings on a President Barack Obama Supreme Court nominee, it’s Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Since Antonin Scalia’s death, polling has showed a majority of American voters don’t like the idea of Congress refusing to hold hearings. Iowans are no exception. A new poll conducted for End Citizens United PAC from March 7 through 9 and obtained first by Roll Call found that 58 percent of likely general election voters in the Hawkeye State believed it is the responsibility of the president and the Senate to fill the court vacancy now.
According to the survey, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and Normington Petts and Associates on both land lines and mobile phones, 47 percent of Iowa voters said they were somewhat less likely to support Grassley after hearing that “Grassley has joined with other Republican senators in refusing to hold these hearings, effectively stopping the confirmation process before there is a nominee.” Among voters age 60 and older, 61 percent said they would be less likely to support Grassley.
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