As much as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process polarized supporters of both parties, and even helped motivate anticipation of the November midterms, it did nothing to change anyone's mind, the latest CBS News/YouGov poll found.
"Kavanaugh's confirmation is unlikely to change many minds about which candidate to pick," CBS News reported among polls in battles in Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, and New Jersey. "In each state, most likely voters said that Kavanaugh's confirmation would not change how they plan to vote next month, and among the rest, it will mostly reinforce prior decisions.
"Only around 3 percent of likely voters who are currently supporting a Senate candidate in these states said Kavanaugh's confirmation would make them more likely to consider voting for the other party."
At least 50 percent of voters in each state expressed increased motivation to vote in the midterms, according to the poll.
As much as Kavanaugh's controversial confirmation might have polarized, it might also up midterm voter turnout about 20 percent — something that could be seen as beneficial to Democrats in their bid to retake control of Congress.
"About one in five of the people who report being energized by Kavanaugh's nomination say they didn't vote in the recent midterms of 2010 and 2014," CBS News reported. "In each state, the Democratic Senate candidate is doing better among this smaller group of new midterm voters motivated by the issue than among the larger group of previous midterm voters who are."
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