After Republicans blocked the Commission on Capitol Riots, Americans are divided on the filibuster.
Two weeks after Republicans used the filibuster to block the creation of an independent committee to investigate the Capitol riot, Americans are divided on the future of the Senate filibuster.
According to a new Morning Consult poll, 48 percent of voters in the United States support the filibustering rule, while 27 percent reject it. A quarter of those polled stated they were undecided.
The filibuster rule allows senators to continue debating a bill indefinitely until 60 senators agree to end it. A vote cannot take place until the discussion is completed, which means that any bill can be blocked by a majority of at least 41 senators.
Only 38% of voters approved the 60-vote threshold when asked if legislation should be passed with a simple majority or a super majority of at least 60 votes in a separate poll.
The filibuster rule requires that laws pass with a simple 51-vote majority in the upper house, yet 45% stated they support laws passing with a mere 51-vote majority.
The remaining 17% of voters in the second group were undecided on whether they preferred a simple majority or a super majority for legislation passage.
Republicans were more supportive of the bill than Democrats, according to Morning Consult. Nearly six out of 10 people (59%) support the filibuster, and more than half want a supermajority for proposals to pass the Senate.
When asked whether they were anti- or pro-filibuster, Democrats were virtually evenly split. The rule was supported by 37% of respondents, while it was opposed by 41%.
For its newest poll, Morning Consult polled 1,990 registered voters between June 4 and June 7. It has a 2 percentage point margin of error.
The poll was conducted after Republicans used the filibuster to block the creation of a commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riots in late May after it had been voted through the House of Representatives.
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