Poll: Americans want Obama to nominate a Supreme Court justice

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Americans Want Obama to Nominate a Supreme Court Justice: Poll

A new poll found a majority of Americans want President Obama to nominate a Supreme Court justice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

A CNN/ORC poll released Thursday found 58 percent of Americans think Obama should nominate someone, while 41 percent said the seat should remain vacant.

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When the poll asked what the Republican leadership in the Senate should do in response to a nomination, respondents were much more in favor of the Senate holding hearings than not -- 66 percent reported that the to 32 percent.

President Obama has said he will nominate someone to the Supreme Court soon, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the seat should remain unfilled "until we have a new president."

While Obama and Vice President Biden met with Senate leaders about the vacancy on Tuesday, the meeting ended without a breakthrough.

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Poll: Americans want Obama to nominate a Supreme Court justice

Sri Srinivasan, Federal appeals court judge

(United States Department of Justice)

Judge Merrick Garland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

(Photo via the United States District Court for the District of Columbia)

Loretta Lynch, the current U.S. Attorney General. 

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Paul Watford, currently a U.S. circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit.

(Photo by Bill Clark/Getty Images)

Patricia Ann Millett, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, pictured here with Obama when she was nominated to that court.

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota.

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Jacquline Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American woman named to the state court in California.

(Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval withdrew his name after the Obama administration expressed interest in late February.

(AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)

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