A new Reuters survey finds that popularity for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is hard to find among most American adults.
Only 31 percent of Americans polled approved of Kavanaugh, according to Reuters. 36 percent of respondents disapproved of his nomination, while the remaining 33 percent of respondents remained on the fence. This is the first time that those disapproving of President Trump’s second Supreme Court pick have outnumbered supporters and undecideds in any Reuters poll.
Perhaps most troubling was the dwindling support for Kavanaugh among self-identifying Republicans, with only 64.3 percent saying they approve of Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. On September 4th (prior to the recent sexual assault allegations coming out), GOP support for Kavanaugh was as high as 67 percent.
The poll, which was conducted between September 11th and September 17, is the first poll gauging Kavanaugh’s approval among everyday Americans since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went public with her accusation that the eventual Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her when the two were high school students in Maryland. Reuters reported that if support for Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t rebound, he will be one of the least popular Supreme Court nominees in history, according to historical polling data from Gallup.
This may explain why Kavanaugh is getting less support from women. Female respondents told Reuters that while they may have been leaning toward disapproval, their disapproval was much stronger after Dr. Ford’s allegations became known to the public. While just 22 percent of women disapproved of Kavanaugh last month, that level of disapproval has now gone up to 33 percent. The number of women undecided about Kavanaugh declined from 50 percent in mid-August to just 43 percent now. This trend appears to show that the more women learn about Kavanaugh, the less they like him.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is attempting to get Dr. Ford to testify under oath before the committee in Washington on Monday, and has even offered to have committee staffers fly out to Northern California, where she lives, to interview her about the allegations if she prefers. However, Ford said she doesn’t want to testify until after the FBI has investigated her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. Republicans are hoping to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court prior to the midterm elections in November.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.