Flowers are seen as a woman stands in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Most Americans want Obama to nominate Scalia's replacement: Reuters/Ipsos

Flowers are seen as a woman stands in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. after the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin ScaliaBy Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of Americans believe it should be up to President Barack Obama to nominate the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday, with opinion divided along ideological party lines. The death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia last week sparked an intense debate between Republicans and Democrats over whether Obama, a Democrat, should nominate Scalia’s replacement before he leaves office, or whether the seat should be left open until a new president takes office in January. Concerned that any appointee Obama selects would tip the nine-justice court in liberals’ favor, Republicans in the U.S. Congress and on the presidential campaign trail have said the replacement should be chosen by the next president.

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