Amid a push by Democrats to scrap the filibuster, a new poll reports that only 41% of likely voters actually want to change the age-old Senate procedure.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters from Rasmussen Reports published Tuesday also found that more voters oppose the proposed change to the legislative filibuster.
Asked if they “favor or oppose the plan to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster,” 49% of respondents expressed opposition to ditching the legislative hurdle. Additionally, 11% said they were unsure, the conservative-leaning pollster reports.
When it comes down to respondents’ party affiliation, 65% of Democrats favored the proposed change and 68% of Republicans opposed it. It is also worth noting that 59% identifying as “other” opposed it, whereas 29% favored it.
As The Hill explained, Senate Democrats would need all 50 of its caucus members to carry out the “nuclear option” to scrap or alter the rules on the 60-vote legislative filibuster. While President Joe Biden recently came out in support of changing the 60-vote threshold requirement for most legislation, which he referred to as a “relic of the Jim Crow-era,” Senate Democrats don’t have enough support since a number of them remain wary or opposed to reforms.
The survey conducted between March 28 and 29 also asked likely voters if it was more important “for the government to operate efficiently” or “to preserve our constitutional system of checks and balances,” for which the results were more conclusive. While only 24% of respondents chose the former, a solid 67% said the latter was more important—with 9% being unsure.
Looking at party affiliations, most of those with each of the affiliation options were in agreement that preserving checks and balances is more important—with 78% of Republicans, 53% of Democrats, and 70% of others choosing that option.
According to Rasmussen, it should be noted, the survey results have a three-point margin of error.
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