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Majority favors up-or-down nomination votes in Senate: poll

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Fifty-five percent of likely U.S. voters think the Senate should allow a yes-or-no vote on every presidential nominee, according to a new Rasmussen poll.

Over bitter Republican objections, Senate Democrats changed the chamber rules Thursday to allow a simple majority vote on presidential appointments, except Supreme Court nominees, rather than the previously required 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

Democrats charge that unprecedented Republican obstructionism on key nominees from President Obama forced them to deploy the so-called “nuclear option,” while Republicans warn that the move will upset the historical role of the Senate and have hinted that Democrats will receive some form of retribution should the GOP take back control of the chamber.

Twenty-three percent of those polled say every nominee should not be the subject of a yes-or-no vote and 23 percent aren’t sure. The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Nov. 19-20 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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