Poll shows split views on Kavanaugh, Ford after dramatic hearing

Poll shows split views on Kavanaugh, Ford after dramatic hearing
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A poll released Saturday shows that Americans are deeply divided over testimony given by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday's dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

According to the YouGov survey, 41 percent of Americans said that they "definitely" or "probably" believe the testimony of Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house gathering when the two were in high school in the early 1980s.

A slightly lower percentage of respondents, 35 percent, said that they "definitely" or "probably" believe Kavanaugh's testimony, in which he vehemently denied the claims against himself while rebuking Democratic members of the Senate panel for not pushing for a hearing sooner.


When asked if they believed one side had lied at the hearing, 38 percent of respondents said Kavanaugh "probably" or "definitely" lied at some point during his testimony while 30 percent said the same about Ford's testimony.

The results were split deeply among partisan lines, while independent voters were almost evenly split.

Seventy-three percent of Democrats said they believe Ford's testimony, while 74 percent of Republicans said they believe Kavanaugh.

A slightly higher number of Republicans, 14 percent, said they believe Ford compared with Democrats who said they believe Kavanaugh, 11 percent.

Among independents, 33 percent said they believed Ford, while 32 percent said they believed Kavanaugh.

Thursday's hearing caused little movement overall in Americans' view of whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed, according to the YouGov survey.

Eight in 10 respondents, 80 percent, who answered a previous poll before the hearing gave the same answer on whether or not Kavanaugh should be confirmed by the full Senate.

Overall, 41 percent of Americans say Kavanaugh's nomination should be opposed, while 36 percent support it, a result not significantly different from YouGov's poll taken Sept. 22 before the hearing, according to the polling site.

YouGov's most recent survey contacted 2,607 Americans between Sept. 27-28. Information about polling methods and a margin of error were not immediately available.