Favorability for Both Kavanaugh and Ford Improve Following Hearing

Following an emotional day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh made gains in the court of public opinion.

Prior to yesterday’s testimony, Ford was viewed favorably by 25% and unfavorably by 25%. Following the testimony, her favorable ratings improved to 34% while her unfavorables remained steady at 25%.

Kavanaugh, however, also improved in they eyes of the public. Prior to the hearing, he was 37% had a positive view of him and 41% a negative view. After the hearings, his favorable ratings improved a point to 38% but his unfavorable numbers declined five points to 36%.

Partisanship is a key factor in perceptions of both. Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats have a favorable impression of Ford while just 11% take the opposite view. Among Republicans, however, just 21% have a positive impression and 43% negative.

For Kavanaugh, the numbers are 69% positive among GOP voters and 14% negative. Among Democrats, they are 19% positive and 57% negative (see question wording and crosstab results).

The survey of 1,021 Registered Voters was conducted on September 27-28, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and 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. Polling began shortly after the completion of the Judiciary Committee hearings and ended around noon

Interestingly, the numbers for Senators Charles Grassely and Dianne Feintstein also improved a bit. Before the hearing, Grassley’s favorables were a net -5 (17% positive, 22% negative). After the hearing, he improved to a +2 (23% positive, 21% negative). Feinstein improved from a -10 (24% positive, 34% negative) to a -2 (30% positive, 32% negative).

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