KA­VANAUGH EF­FECT WEAK­ENS BLUE WAVE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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

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