A divided nation has pulled further apart in the wake of the contentious nomination process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, with 51 percent opposed to his confirmation and 41 percent supporting him, a new poll shows.
The CNN survey released Monday noted 39 percent opposed Kavanaugh after his initial confirmation hearing in early September, and 38 percent supported him at that time.
The partisan divide is much wider, the poll found: Among Democrats, 63 percent opposed his nomination in early September, a number that has risen to 91 percent in the new survey. Among Republicans, 74 percent backed him in September and 89 percent do so now, CNN reported.
In other findings, the poll showed:
- Negative impressions of Kavanaugh by Democrats rose from 56 percent in August to 86 percent. Positive views of Kavanaugh among Republicans went from 62 percent in August to 80 percent.
- Splicing views by gender, 53 percent of women have a negative view of Kavanaugh, up from 33 percent in August. Among men, there’s an even 41-41 percent positive/negative view, compared with a 40-25 percent split in August.
- 52 percent of Americans say they believe the women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct; 56 percent think Kavanaugh would be influenced by his personal political beliefs when considering cases before the Supreme Court.
- 45 percent say Kavanaugh has the right temperament for the court; 48 percent disagree.
- 55 percent disapprove of the way GOP senators handled the process, while 56 percent disapprove of the way Senate Democrats did.
- 58 percent of independent voters disapproved of the way Democrats handled the Kavanaugh nomination, while 30 percent approved. Also, 53 percent of independents disapproved of the GOP handling of the matter, compared with 32 percent who approved.
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
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