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Most Ohioans Say the Senate Should Consider Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

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Donald Trump narrowly leads Gov. John Kasich among Republicans in two polls released this week of Ohio’s voters. But polling also shows both Democrats and Republicans looking for a more moderate tone in D.C.

Lauren Copeland, associate director of Baldwin Wallace’s Community Research Institute, says her internet survey shows 45 percent of Ohio’s GOP-leaning voters would be more likely to support candidates who are willing to compromise with Democrats. And half of the Democratic-leaning voters said they’re more likely to support candidates who compromise with Republicans.

  “So both our Democrats and Republicans in this poll are fed up with politics as usual.”:07

The second poll, Quinnipiac, asks about one of the key divisions in Washington today – whether the Senate should consider President Obama’s nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: 56 percent of voters said yes, 41 percent said the Senate should delay.

Here's the Supreme Court question and the breakdown of responses:

30. As you may know, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. Do you think the Senate should consider a candidate nominated by the President to fill the vacant seat, or do you think the Senate should delay action on a Supreme Court nominee until there's a new president?

Total:

  • Consider: 56 percent
  • Delay 41 percent
  • Don't know: 2 percent

Republicans

  • Consider: 28 percent
  • Delay 70 percent
  • Don't know; 2 percent

Democrats

  • Consider: 85 percent
  • Delay: 12 percent
  • Don't know: 2 percent
  • Independents

Independents:

  • Consider: 58 percent
  • Delay: 40 percent
  • Don't know: 2 percent