Family Research Council (FRC) released the results of a commissioned national survey conducted by WPA Opinion Research showing that 64 percent of likely voters agree the Supreme Court will be "an important factor in determining who you vote for in November's elections." Seventy-one percent of Republican voters and 63 percent of Democratic voters rank the Supreme Court as an important factor.
The survey also found that 71 percent of those who frequently attend worship services (once a week or more) say the Supreme Court is an important factor in determining their vote. Even 59 percent of those who never attend worship services consider the Supreme Court important to their vote.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments in response:
"This survey tells us that the American people have a sobering perspective following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Reality is sinking in for voters in both parties that the next president will likely appoint two or three justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will impact our nation for decades to come.
"By an 8-point margin, Republican voters are more concerned than Democrats about the future of the Supreme Court. I believe this is in part due to previous Republican presidents who have either been unable to identify liberal jurists in conservative clothing or have been unwilling to fight for nominees who were true constitutionalists.
"The survey also shows that frequent churchgoers are even more concerned than non-churchgoers about the direction of the Court. This higher level of concern is no doubt due to the Supreme Court pre-empting social consensus by imposing its abortion and marriage views on all 50 states.
"While the country is divided over whether the Supreme Court vacancy should be filled now or after the November elections, it's clear that the Court is a greater motivating factor for Republican voters and frequent churchgoers than it is for Democrats and those who attend worship services less frequently.
"Justice Scalia's replacement may very well be the deciding vote on major cases involving religious liberty, state abortion laws, gun control and immigration. With so much at stake, the American people should be allowed to decide in November who picks the next Supreme Court justice," concluded Perkins.
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