A new poll came out with interesting results surrounding Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court (SCOTUS), Brett Kavanaugh. It compared current results to a September 10 survey that the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll conducted. Not only were there significant gaps between gender, race, and party affiliation, independent voters shifted substantially.
Notably, 48 percent of independent voters said the nominee should not be confirmed. Compare that to the 42 percent who thought he should be confirmed.
Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, Tim Malloy, said that the findings were mixed:
‘Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is winning the trust of American voters, who overwhelmingly believe she is honest. But about half of voters say Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the target of a smear campaign. There is a very sharp divide between men and women on credibility. What voters agree on is letting the FBI try to sort out the events in the pursuit of the truth.’
‘President Donald Trump, who stands by his man, suffers less than Senate Democrats or Republicans in the Kavanaugh matter.’
In September, the poll showed 41 percent of all voters supported a Kavanaugh confirmation. Then, 42 percent were opposed to his confirmation. Independent voters supported the nominee 45 to 39 percent on September 10. The recent survey showed 49 percent opposed his confirmation versus 39 percent today.
The largest group opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation was women 55 percent to 37 percent. Men supported him 49 percent to 40 percent.
A full 51 percent to 40 percent of white voters wanted to confirm Kavanaugh. Black voters opposed him 81 to 11 percent. The Hispanic voters opposed him 65 percent to 30 percent.
In regard to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her and possibly inadvertently smothering her when she cried out, 48 percent of American voters sided with Ford. Only 41 percent believed the nominee.
Surprisingly, 49 percent of American voters believed that the judge “is the target of a politically motivated smear campaign.” A full 45 percent of voters disagreed.
As far as Dr. Blasey Ford being treated fairly, 48 percent to 41 percent of voters agreed. Conversely, 47 percent said Kavanaugh was treated unfairly versus 43 percent who claimed he was fairly treated.
The extended FBI background check to investigate Ford’s and others’ claims of his sexual abuse was supported 68 percent to 28 percent.
When it came to honesty, 46 percent believed Kavanaugh was honest, while 43 percent said he was dishonest. Voters thought 59 percent to 25 percent that Ford was honest.
No one came out of the hearing with good grades regarding the hearing:
- Voters disapproved 52 – 38 percent of how Democrats handled the accusations
- Voters disapproved 56 – 33 percent of how Republicans handled the accusations
- Voters disapproved by a narrow 49 – 42 percent of how Trump handled the matter.
Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D. conducted the Quinnipiac University, which interviewed 1,111 voters nationwide between September 27th and 30th. The random digital dialing reached both landlines and cell phones, and live interviews were conducted. The margin of error was +/- 3.7 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University Poll has conducted nationwide interviews and polls on national and state elections, as well as policy issues.
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