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73% say religious faith should not be a Supreme Court candidate’s determining factor



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Some Democratic opponents of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are criticizing her conservative Catholic beliefs. But three-out-of-four voters say a candidate’s religious faith should not determine whether he or she can serve on the high court.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters think a nominee’s religion should be a deciding factor in determining who sits on the Supreme Court. Seventy-three percent (73%) reject that position and say religious faith should not be a determining factor. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Because the Catholic Church opposes abortion, 14% believe Catholics should be prohibited from sitting on the Supreme Court. Seventy-seven percent (77%) disagree.


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