As the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh begin, just 13% of voters nationwide have been following news Very Closely about the Supreme Court nominee. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that another 35% say they’ve been following the story Somewhat Closely. Most, however, have not been paying much attention (see question wording and topline results).
Still, 84% of those who are at least a bit aware of the news believe Kavanaugh is at least somewhat likely to win confirmation. That’s certainly the conventional wisdom. Seventeen percent (17%) of voters have a Very Favorable opinion of Kavanaugh while 16% have a Very Unfavorable view. The rest (67%) have softer opinions.
Ideologically, 36% say Kavanaugh is about right while 35% say too conservative. Data released earlier shows that voters believe the Court is pretty evenly balanced today: 33% believe it is too conservative and 28% say too liberal. Voters see health care, immigration, and gun control as the top issues on the Court’s agenda.
Forty-eight percent (48%) of those following the story so far want their Senator to vote for confirmation while 52% would prefer a vote against.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 15-16, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence. See Crosstabs.
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