A majority of voters supports the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court if the FBI finds no corroborating evidence to back up claims of sexual assault made against the nominee, according to a Monday poll.
Following Thursday’s testimonies from Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, 60 percent of voters are in favor of confirming the judge to the nation’s highest court if no supporting evidence of sexual assault turns up, according to a Harvard University September 2018 Center for American Politics (CAPS) Harris Poll.
Three quarters of voters said California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein should have given the letter from Ford — in which she alleged the judge assaulted her — to the Senate Judiciary Committee when she first received it in July instead of holding it until the middle of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.
Most voters were strongly displeased with the Kavanaugh confirmation process, saying it was “politicized and mishandled.” Sixty-nine percent of voters called the process a “national disgrace,” according to the poll. Voters acknowledged partisanship on each end of the political spectrum, with 54 percent blaming Republicans and 55 percent blaming Democrats.
Before Thursday’s hearing, 60 percent of voters thought the allegations made against Kavanaugh were “mostly true.” After the hearing, however, most voters found both Ford and Kavanaugh credible. Sixty-seven percent thought Ford was credible, and 50 percent thought Kavanaugh was credible.
The FBI is investigating the claims made against Kavanaugh. The investigation follows a deal Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake made with Senate Democrats Friday. Flake agreed to advance the nominee for a vote on the Senate floor on the condition that the FBI investigate the allegations made against the nominee.
While Flake initially proposed an investigation limited in scope and no more than a week long, the White House later supported the FBI having free rein over the investigation.
“They can do whatever they have to do, whatever it is that they do,” Trump said Saturday.
Many voters are still undecided concerning how their senators should vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Forty-four percent of voters reported their senators should vote against Kavanaugh, while 37 percent say they should vote in favor. Nearly 20 percent of voters remain unsure. (RELATED: NYT: Kavanaugh Once Threw Ice On Some Guy At A Bar)
The divisive confirmation process has also ignited voting interest, with 45 percent of voters indicating they are more likely to vote in the midterms than they were previously.
Sixty-three percent of voters think Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick have all made allegations against Kavanaugh, accusing him of sexual assault and misconduct during high school and later years. Swetnick’s ex-boyfriend reportedly filed a restraining order against her in 2001, and she has been sued for sexual harassment.
Other anonymous claims have also been made against Kavanaugh. He has continued to deny any allegations of sexual assault. (RELATED: NYT: Kavanaugh Once Threw Ice On Some Guy At A Bar)
The poll was conducted between Sept. 26 and 27 among a nationally representative sample of 1,228 registered voters. A follow-up flash poll was conducted between Sept. 29 and 30 among 1,330 registered voters.
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