KAVANAUGH EFFECT WEAKENS BLUE WAVE
A Quinnipiac University Poll of voter sentiment released in September found that Republicans trailed Democrats in approval ratings by 14 percentage points. A new Quinnipiac survey now finds that gap has been reduced to 7 percentage points.
“The numbers suggest the big blue wave may have lost some of its momentum,” observed Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
“Does this represent a Kavanaugh effect? The polling for this took place between Thursday and Sunday, meaning that three of the four days came after the televised hearings in which Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified, a hearing obsessively covered by the national news media. One might have expected Democrats to get a bump coming out of that hearing, especially given the tenor of the coverage it received. Instead, the momentum shifted in the other