The most recent Harvard-Harris poll suggests that Americans who know the facts of the Kavanaugh case favor his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The poll measured the responses of 1330 registered voters on September 29–30, just after Ford and Kavanaugh both testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the initial numbers suggested that most Americans opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Without any qualification, 44 percent said that Kavanaugh’s nomination should be rejected and 37 percent said that it should be accepted.
Those numbers were a reflection of who Americans believed during Thursday’s hearings. Those who believed Ford represented 40 percent while those who believed Kavanaugh represented 23 percent, and 27 percent found both to be credible.
But those numbers changed dramatically to 57 percent in favor of confirmation when those same voters were informed that none of the allegations against Kavanaugh had been corroborated. If the current FBI investigation does not return with any corroboration of those allegations, the number in favor rises to 60 percent.
In addition, the poll appeared to back South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s hopes that Americans could “see through this sham.” A majority of those polled — 69 percent — said that the proceedings had been a “national disgrace.”
Further, 75 percent believe that California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein dropped the ball when she failed to come forward with the letter in a more timely manner.
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