Among Those Following the Story, 51% Have Favorable Opinion of Kavanaugh has been tracking Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process on a daily basis and yesterday was the judge’s best day in a week.

Among those following the story, 51% now have a favorable opinion of him. That’s up a full seven-points from immediately before the hearing (see question wording and daily results).  It’s also his highest total in a week.

The number with a Very Favorable opinion of Kavanaugh jumped from 20% before the hearing to 28% today.

The latest data was collected from polling on Thursday night following the hearing and Friday morning. The pre-hearing numbers were collected Wednesday night until just before the hearing on Thursday.

While Kavanaugh’s favorables improved, just 47% of those following the story want him confirmed. That’s up two points from before the hearing and consistent with daily results this week.

Separate data shows that, among all voters, both Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are viewed more favorably following the hearing. Not surprisingly, there is a strong partisan divide on each of them.

Seventy-five percent (75%) now believe it is at least somewhat likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed. That’s up from 70% before the hearing but down from 81% a week ago.

It often takes a few days before opinion settles following such an emotional hearing. Additionally, there could be many more twists and turns of the news cycle before this confirmation process concludes.’s next update will be on Monday afternoon.

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