Re­sults show Ka­vanaugh con­fir­ma­tion not pop­u­lar

The Mercury News - - News - By Robert Barnes and Emily Guskin The Wash­ing­ton Post

WASH­ING­TON >> More Amer­i­cans dis­ap­prove of Brett Ka­vanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion to the Supreme Court than ap­prove, and a nar­row ma­jor­ity says con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the new jus­tice should not end with his el­e­va­tion to the court, ac­cord­ing to a new Wash­ing­ton Post-ABC News poll.

The Se­nate’s 5048 vote last week to ap­prove the 53-year-old Ka­vanaugh’s life­time ap­point­ment was the clos­est on a Supreme Court jus­tice since the 1880s, and the poll shows the pub­lic’s re­ac­tion was al­most as di­vided.

It also sug­gests the tu­mul­tuous bat­tle over his nom­i­na­tion could harm the court’s rep­u­ta­tion as the non­par­ti­san branch of govern­ment. The sur­vey, con­ducted dur­ing Ka­vanaugh’s first week on the bench, shows that 43 per­cent of Amer­i­cans be­lieve the court’s rul­ings will be more po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sec­ond nom­i­nee on the court, com­pared to 10 per­cent who said they will be less po­lit­i­cal. To 39 per­cent of the pub­lic, Ka­vanaugh’s pres­ence will make no dif­fer­ence in the de­gree of par­ti­san­ship.

Asked how the Ka­vanaugh de­bate would im­pact their midterm vote, slightly more say it makes them more in­clined to sup­port Democrats for Congress than Repub­li­cans. Women say the episode draws them to­ward Democrats over Repub­li­cans by a 16-point mar­gin, while men are more evenly split.

While many of the re­sults in the poll fall along fa­mil­iar par­ti­san lines, it also found that po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dents are more sus­pi­cious than sup­port­ive of the new jus­tice. Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, 55 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents say there should be fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Ka­vanaugh, while 40 per­cent are op­posed.


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