Majority of Americans support Senate confirmation of Gorsuch, Gallup poll shows

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     Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

    Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

    Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey said this week that he would want the Senate to “go nuclear” to help confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch if Democratic leaders in the Senate block a vote on him next week — that is, change the rules so that it takes only a bare majority to confirm him.

    We have data on how the public’s view on Gorsuch’s nomination fit with their views of past nominees.

    Democrats in Congress have to decide how much they are willing to compromise and go along with Trump instead of holding out on principle. We have new data showing just what rank and file Democrats and Americans think they should do.

    Gallup’s report on Russians’ attitudes towards their President, Vladimir Putin, shows that neither corruption, nor a failing economy, have put much of a dent in the Russian public’s views of Putin. He is getting an 81 percent approval rating in Russia (compared to 35 percent approval rating for Trump in the U.S.). The percent of Russians who say their economy is getting worse has been rising, and 71 percent say that corruption is widespread in Russia. Putin’s rating also went up after the annexation of Crimea three years ago and has basically stayed up.

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