Poll: Americans divided over Kavanaugh confirmation

Poll: Americans divided over Kavanaugh confirmation
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Americans are split over their support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with 38 percent wanting him confirmed, compared to 39 percent who do not and 23 percent who have no opinion, according to a new CNN poll released Tuesday. 

The survey, which was conducted after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reflects a negligible change from a poll conducted in August before the hearing. In that CNN poll, 37 percent of Americans supported his nomination and 40 percent of Americans opposed his nomination, with 22 percent undecided. 

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Kavanaugh’s support represents the lowest for a Supreme Court nominee since Robert Bork, whose nomination the Senate ultimately rejected.

Support for the judge's confirmation falls sharply along party lines, with 74 percent of Republicans saying they want to see him on the Supreme Court, compared to 33 percent of Independents and only 15 percent of Democrats.

However, both parties get low marks from the public on their conducting of the confirmation hearings. Only 34 percent of Americans approve of the way Republicans and Democrats are each handling the process. 

The hearings were highly contentious over Democrats’ concerns on Kavanaugh’s views regarding abortion, gun control and executive privilege. They also accuse the White House of slow walking the release of documents from his time in the George W. Bush administration.

The hearings were also regularly interrupted by liberal protesters.

SSRS, which conducted the CNN poll, contacted 1,003 respondents from Sept. 6-9 via landlines or cellphone. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.