Poll Shows Strong Plurality Support For Eliminating The Filibuster

A new National Journal poll finds that 49 percent of respondents support fixing the Senate rules “so that legislation is passed with a simple majority.” Only 42 percent oppose this reform. Nevertheless, restoring the Senate’s ability to operate under majority rule does not appear to be on the table during the current discussions regarding filibuster reform. The leading proposals currently under consideration range from a weak proposal that would allow a single senator to maintain a filibuster by speaking on the Senate floor, to a more robust proposal to require as many as 20 senators to remain on the floor in order to maintain a filibuster. Last January, President Obama proposed effectively eliminating filibusters on nominations, a proposal that the National Journal poll suggests the American people will support.