More than two-in-five Americans want the Senate to confirm Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Pew Research poll released Tuesday.
Forty-one percent of those surveyed said the Senate “should confirm” Kavanaugh, compared to 36 percent who said that the Senate “should not” confirm Kavanaugh.
Almost a quarter did not know or refused to answer. In contrast, Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation had 44 percent approval in February 2017, compared to 32 percent of respondents who said the Senate should not confirm him.
Kavanaugh also has higher favorability among men than women, with nearly half of men, but only one-third of women saying he should be confirmed. He is disapproved by 32 percent of men and 40 percent of women, according to the survey.
Kavanaugh is most popular among people ages 50-64, with 51 percent of individuals in that group saying that the judge should be confirmed.
Republicans were more likely than Democrats to say Kavanaugh should be confirmed, with 73 percent saying he should and nine percent saying he should not. By comparison, 63 percent of Democratic respondents said he should not be confirmed and 16 percent said he should.
This is the largest approval gap between Democrats and Republicans for all Supreme Court Justice nominees since the nomination of Justice John Roberts in 2005, according to Pew.
Over half of Democrats surveyed said that they believed Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, while just more than one-quarter of Republicans believe he would overturn the decision. Pro-choice groups have come out against Kavanaugh, with Planned Parenthood launching a 50-state ad buy against him. (RELATED: Soros-Linked Group Will Spend Millions To Stop Kavanaugh)
The survey was conducted from July 11-15 2018, with 1,007 voting-age adults surveyed. The survey was conducted via telephone and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court in July 2018 by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy after his retirement.
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