Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters nationwide say that the the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be Very Important in terms of their midterm vote. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 33% consider it Somewhat Important.
Fifty percent (50%) of Republicans say it’s a Very Important issue compared to 36% of Democrats and 26% of Independents (see question wording and crosstabs).
Thirty-nine percent (39%) of women consider it Very Important along with 36% of men. Throughout the Kavanaugh confirmation process, the partisan gap was larger than the gender gap.
It’s important to keep these numbers in perspective. ScottRasmussen.com has identified a dozen issues voters rate as more important than the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Additionally, the survey found that 36% of voters see their midterm vote as a way to oppose the president. Just 30% see it as an expression of support for the president.
This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted on October 3-4, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
There is some evidence that the Kavanaugh process helped unite the Republican party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, often viewed dubiously by the Republican base, has seen his favorable ratings jump.
Lindsey Graham, another Republican Senator often viewed skeptically by GOP voters, has seen a similar surge in support following his performance at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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