Another poll has shown that Americans would prefer President Joe Biden pick the "most qualified" person to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court as opposed to strictly sticking with his pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Court:
[J]ust 36 percent of Americans say Biden’s pledge was a "good idea," while the rest say it was either “a bad idea” (32 percent) or “neither good nor bad” (32 percent). And just a third of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a bit” of confidence that Biden will select "the right kind of person" to replace Breyer on the court (33 percent), or that they themselves expect to support the nominee Biden puts forward (34 percent) — noticeably lower than the 39 percent who said they expected to support "President Trump's Supreme Court nominee" in September 2020, just before he nominated Amy Coney Barrett.
One possible explanation for this tepid response is that many Americans seem to believe that their leaders can and should choose only "the most qualified" person regardless of race, gender or politics — an ideal they think Biden failed to live up to when he explicitly limited the pool to Black women.
The findings are consistent with an earlier ABC poll that similarly found that Americans want the President to consider "all possible nominees."
The Yahoo and ABC polls emphasize how nonsensical the controversy over people who disagree with the President's plan is.
As Fox News reported, even members of the media have defended those like Ilya Shapiro, who have come under accusations of racism for disagreeing with the President's plan:
While the heavily liberal student body might be against him, Shapiro has taken note of the wide spectrum of media support he's gotten. Multiple columnists and outlets have called for Georgetown to not dismiss him, from Michelle Goldberg in The New York Times – "political speech that should be protected by basic notions of academic freedom" – to Robby Soave in Reason – "it would be tacitly endorsing the unfair smear that he is a racist and a sexist."
"I never expected to make national news in this particular way, and I'm sure I don't see all of the things that are being written, but I do see a lot, and it has been gratifying to see outlets and writers that indeed are across [the] ideological spectrum defending the freedom of speech and academic expression," Shapiro said.
President Biden is expected to conduct interviews to fill the Breyer vacancy as soon as this coming week.
One thing is for certain, the process President Biden has engaged in so far is not the way to garner the support of the American people for his pick.