Voters Divided on Filibuster, Poll Says

Voters Divided on Filibuster, Poll Says

( – The filibuster is a unique aspect of the Senate. It specifically provides for delaying a vote under certain circumstances and provides some power to the minority party in terms of blocking debate. However, Democrats are on a mission to abolish this tool, and voters are unsure if that is a good idea.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released January 12 shows a divide among voters about whether the filibuster should remain. The survey shows 42% of respondents think it should remain, while 30% say it should go. The remaining 28% were unsure.

The poll comes on the heels of a Democrat-led movement to get rid of the filibuster so they can pass their election integrity reform. In the past, members of both parties have used the filibuster to delay votes and prevent the passage of legislation. It is one of the current tools of the Senate and provides the minority party with some method by which to delay a vote.

This recent survey shows that far more Republicans (55%) support the filibuster than Democrats (34%). This result is representative of the current feelings in Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has vowed to bring a vote on changing the rules by January 17, which the poll says 37% of people support and 36% oppose. Again, there is a big split along party lines, with 62% of Democrats supporting Schumer and only 17% of Republicans agreeing.

While Democrats have been pushing a plan to change the Senate rules for the sake of their voter reform agenda, it’s looking less and less likely that they’ll make any meaningful progress. On Thursday, both Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) reaffirmed their support for the filibuster. Without their help, it’s unclear what steps the Democrats will take next.

That said, this polarizing topic brings up the question; is ending the filibuster the best move for America, or is it simply a political play by Democrats to have a win after losing with Build Back Better?

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