Poll finds Kavanaugh controversy is energizing Democrats more than Republicans

Democrats appear to be more energized about the controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh than Republicans ahead of November's midterm elections, according to a new American Barometer survey. 

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company of 1,000 registered voters, found that 61 percent of Democrats said last week's testimony from Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford made them more likely to vote for Democratic candidates. 

Fifty-two percent of Republicans said the hearings made them more likely to vote for Republicans in the midterms, while 62 percent of Independents said the testimony would have no impact on their vote. 

Forty-six percent of respondents said the hearings would have no effect on how they vote, while 29 percent said they were more likely to vote Democratic after the event. 

Twenty-one percent said they were more likely to vote Republican after the hearings. 

"This is a partisan issue," conservative election analyst Henry Olsen told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"People are seeing it through their partisan lenses. It's intensifying their partisan backing or their partisan identification, but for people in the middle, Supreme Court nominations have always tended to be something that goes on in the background."

The survey was conducted days after Kavanaugh on Thursday forcefully denied multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Ford provided testimony before the panel earlier on the same day. 

She alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982 when they were both in high school.

The American Barometer was conducted on September 29-30 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester