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Poll: 4 in 10 Americans want Senate to reject Kavanaugh

Poll: 4 in 10 Americans want Senate to reject Kavanaugh
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More Americans say the Senate should vote to reject Brett Kavanaugh than say he should be confirmed, according to a poll released Friday.

A USA Today/Ipsos poll taken following a sexual assault allegation issued against Kavanaugh finds that 40 percent of Americans say he should be rejected by the Senate, while 31 percent say he should be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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A slight plurality of Americans, 32 percent, said in the poll that they believe the allegations brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh groped her and held her down while covering her mouth at a high school party in the 1980s. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they believe Kavanaugh's denial.

Splits in demographics' support for Kavanaugh's nomination fall along gender and partisan lines, according to the poll. Women overwhelmingly disapprove of Kavanaugh's nomination, with 43 percent calling for the Senate to reject him while just 23 percent of women support the judge.

Men, however, supported Kavanaugh's nomination in the poll by four points, 40 percent to 36 percent. 

Along party lines, 70 percent of Republicans still want the judge confirmed to the Supreme Court amid the allegations, while just 9 percent of Democrats said the same.

Ipsos Public Affairs president Cliff Young pointed to a greater disparity among partisan lines than gender lines as a sign of how divided politically Americans are in the poll.

"With the battle over the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court being charged by sexual assault accusations and at the almost one-year anniversary of the start of #MeToo, you’d think that America would be split by gender on this,” Young said.

“And we are, but our new poll shows that more than gender, party is the main driver of people’s point of view about this fight, another sign of our highly tribal times," he added.

Kavanaugh's support in the poll is similar to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday that was also taken after the allegations. That poll found just 34 percent support for his nomination, while 38 percent opposed it.

The USA Today/Ipsos poll released Friday surveyed 1,008 adults online with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.