CNN poll: Kavanaugh has lowest public support of Supreme Court nominee since Bork

CNN poll: Kavanaugh has lowest public support of Supreme Court nominee since Bork
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has the lowest public support of any Supreme Court nominee in more than 30 years, according to a new poll.

Just 37 percent of respondents in a CNN poll published Thursday said they believed the Senate should vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

That makes public support for him the lowest for any Supreme Court pick since Robert Bork was nominated by President Reagan in 1987, according to CNN, which cited polls from the network, USA Today and Gallup dating back to Bork’s nomination for comparison.

Of the remaining respondents in the new CNN poll, 40 percent said the Senate should reject Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court and 22 percent said they didn’t have an opinion on the matter.

The Senate rejected Bork's nomination 42-58 in 1987, and Reagan later nominated Anthony Kennedy who was confirmed to the bench by a vote of 97-0.

Disapproval of Kavanaugh in the CNN poll was largely driven by women, with 46 percent saying the Senate should reject him and only 28 saying he should be confirmed.

Abortion rights advocates have said they are worried that Kavanaugh’s confirmation could lead to the nation's highest court moving to reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Support for Kavanaugh in the poll was also split along party lines. Only 12 percent of Democrats said he should be confirmed, compared to 74 percent of Republicans.

President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in July after Kennedy announced his retirement.

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced last week that it will hold its confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh beginning Sept. 4 and Republicans have said they intend to confirm Kavanaugh as early as the start of October.

Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate that has effectively been reduced to 50-49 with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainArizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ Trump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief MORE (R-Ariz.) being absent because of brain cancer, meaning they can’t afford to lose any votes if Democrats vote unanimously to reject Kavanaugh.