Senator Susan Collins Still Unknown By Most Voters

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) was widely considered to be the decisive vote in the confirmation battle over now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The political world held its breath waiting for her decision and intensely watched her lengthy speech last Friday afternoon.

However, the latest national survey found that 53% of voters have either never heard of her or don’t know enough to have an opinion of her. The others are evenly divided with 23% voicing a favorable opinion and 23% offering an unfavorable view.

Those overall numbers are little changed from earlier in the confirmation process (see topline results for Collins and others).

However, unsurprisingly, the partisan numbers have shifted. Previously, when Collins was seen as undecided on the Kavanaugh confirmation, she earned better ratings from Democrats than Republicans. Now, among GOP voters, she is viewed favorably by 42% and unfavorably by 10%. Among Democrats, just 10% have a favorable opinion while 36% say the opposite (see crosstab results).

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 7-8, 2018 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

The poll found even lower name recognition for other Senators who were considered undecided during much of the Kavanaugh confirmation process. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is unknown by 62% of voters nationwide; Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) by 63%; Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) by 70%; and, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) by 72%.

With the exception of Donnelly, the partisan numbers generally lined up with the person’s vote on Kavanaugh. Manchin is viewed more favorably by Republicans, Heitkamp and Murkowski more favorably by Democrats. For Donnelly, there was very little difference.

Following the Kavanaugh hearings, Mitch McConnell’s favorability improved so much that he is now the least unpopular Congressional leader. Lindsey Graham, another Republican Senator often viewed skeptically by GOP voters, saw a similar surge in support following his performance at the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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