Kavanugh, Ford Both Viewed Favorably By 36%; Judge Has Higher Negatives

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is viewed favorably by 36% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 29%. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is viewed favorably by 36% and unfavorably by 42%.

Those figures include 21% with a Very Favorable opinion of Ford and 16% with a Very Unfavorable view. As for Kavanaugh, he is viewed Very Favorably by 19% and Very Unfavorably by 28%.

Among those most likely to vote in November, 44% have a favorable opinion of Kavanaugh and 45% an unfavorable view. That’s consistent with our tracking data showing those following the story are evenly divided about whether Kavanaugh should be confirmed (see tracking results from August 15 to today).

Among all voters, Ford’s numbers are very similar to the results found immediately after her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. And, they reflect an improvement from before the appearance. Kavanaugh’s numbers are similar to where the were before his Judiciary Committee appearance. In between, he received a modest bounce.

For both Ford and Kavanaugh, it is impossible to tell whether modest swings in single-night polls reflect real change or merely statistical noise.

The survey of 999 Registered Voters was conducted from September 30-October 1, 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.

The latest numbers find no significant gender gap in opinions about Dr. Ford. However, that gap is massive when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh. Forty-six percent (46%) of men have a favorable opinion of him while 36% have an unfavorable view. That works out to a positive 10 point net rating. Among women, Kavanaugh is viewed favorably by 26% and unfavorably by 41% for a negative 15 point rating (see question wording and crosstab results).

There is a strong partisan divide on both Ford and Kavanaugh. By a 59% to 14% margin, Democrats have a favorable view of Ford. Republicans, by a 49% to 18% margin, Republicans have an unfavorable view.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Kavanaugh while 67% of Republicans have a favorable view.

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