Despite the enormous media coverage surrounding her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 50% of voters nationwide have no opinion of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 25% have a favorable view of her while 25% hold an unfavorable view. Those figures include 11% with a Very Favorable opinion and 17% with a Very Unfavorable opinion.
As for the nominee, Kavanaugh is viewed favorably by 37% of all voters and unfavorably by 41%. Both figures are higher than they were last week. Nineteen percent (19%) have a very positive view of the nominee and 27% a very negative view (see question wording and crosstab results).
Given that a majority of voters do not hold strong opinions on Ford or Kavanaugh, Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearings could have a significant impact on public opinion. Daily tracking data shows that opinions about Kavanaugh have stabilized on the eve of his confirmation hearing. Those following the story are evenly divided about whether he should be confirmed but most expect him to be confirmed.
The survey was conducted for ScottRasmussen.com on September 25-26, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error for the full sample is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters do not know enough to have an opinion about Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). Many observers believe that she is the key vote in the entire process. If she supports Kavanaugh after the Judiciary Committee hearings, the expectation is that he will be confirmed. If not, he will be defeated. Currently 22% offer at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Collins while 21% have a somewhat or very unfavorable view.
Even fewer have an opinion about Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA). Seventeen percent (17%) express a positive opinion and 22% a negative view.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the Committee’s ranking minority member, is viewed favorably by 24% and unfavorably by 34%.
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) has become a prominent critic of Judge Kavanaugh. She is viewed favorably by 15% and unfavorably by 14%. However, 71% have either never heard of her or don’t know enough to form an opinion.
ScottRasmussen.com collects and reports this information to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us and review all of our recent data releases).
- ScottRasmussen.com releases 4-8 polling updates each day. Receive the latest daily data and insights by signing up for Scott Rasmussen’s Morning Update.
- You can also follow our work on Facebook or Twitter.
Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).