A recent poll by NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Marist College found that a majority of Republicans still think Brett Kavanaugh should get a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court even if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth about Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulting her.
The survey, which was conducted between September 22 and 24th, asked approximately 1,000 American adults about a variety of topics, from how they approve of President Trump’s job in office, to which party they would support in the November midterm elections. However, the section of the poll about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was perhaps the most revealing.
On page 15 of the poll, respondents were asked whether or not they thought Kavanaugh should still be confirmed to the Supreme Court even if Dr. Blasey Ford — who accused Kavanaugh of holding her down and attempting to rape her at a party when the two were high school students in the early 1980s — was telling the truth. 54 percent of self-identifying Republicans said yes, 32 percent said no, and 14 percent of Republicans were unsure.
Among Democrats and independents, the results were more opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. 79 percent of Democratic respondents said Kavanaugh should not be confirmed if Dr. Blasey Ford is telling the truth, and only nine percent were unsure. Nearly six in ten independents also agreed that Kavanaugh’s nomination should be rejected by the senate if Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth about the alleged assault. Only 11 percent of independents in the poll were unsure.
Remarkably, Republican respondents were the only subsection of those polled for whom a majority were still in favor of Kavanaugh being confirmed to the Supreme Court despite the sexual assault allegations. The next highest subsection of respondents in favor of a Kavanaugh confirmation were white Evangelical Christians, with 48 percent still supporting him. And 44 percent of respondents in rural areas said they would support Kavanaugh even if the accusations of sexual assault are true. 42 percent of rural respondents were opposed, and 14 percent were undecided.
The poll also suggested that Kavanaugh’s popularity was declining amidst the sexual misconduct allegations against him. Page 9 of the poll shows that only 31 percent of respondents overall had a favorable opinion, with 37 percent saying they had an unfavorable view of the Supreme Court nominee. 32 percent were undecided. Kavanaugh’s favorability among white Evangelical Christians was the highest, with 56 percent holding a favorable opinion of the embattled nominee.
You can read the full results of the poll here.
Logan Espinoza is a freelance contributor specializing in economic issues. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and daughter. Contact him at logan DOT espinoza AT yahoo DOT com.