Judge Brett Kavanaugh's support among voters has waned, as 50 percent of voters now oppose his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the latest Fox News poll.
Just 40 percent of voters support Kavanaugh's confirmation now, which has fallen by 5 percentage points since the Aug. 19-21 Fox News poll. Those opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation has risen 4 percent, according to the report.
"It's not terribly surprising Kavanaugh’s numbers would drop given the nature of the claim,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News poll with Democratic counterpart Chris Anderson. “Accusations tend to drive opinion when they come late in the game and when people don’t know much about the person who is being accused.”
Voters polled are 6 percentage points more supportive of Christine Blasey Ford over Judge Kavanaugh, when asked "who do you believe?"
- Ford 36 percent.
- Kavanaugh 30 percent.
- Unsure 34 percent.
Kavanaugh's support among Independents has also dropped 12 points, according to the poll.
The 11th-hour sexual-assault allegations — Ford claims Kavanaugh, at age 17, pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth to muffle her screams when she was 15 back in the 1908s — remain a partisan issue among voters polled.
- Democrats: 59 percent believe her, while 9 percent believe him.
- Republicans: 14 percent believe her, while 60 percent believe him.
- 82 percent of Democrats oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation.
- 81 percent of Republicans support Kavanaugh's confirmation.
The Fox News survey polled 1,003 adult voters between Sept. 16-19 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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