Oct 12, 2018

Poll: Majority of Americans disapprove Kavanaugh's confirmation

Ceremonial swearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

More Americans disapprove of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court than approve, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Why it matters: The 50-48 vote that confirmed Kavanaugh was closest vote on a Supreme Court justice in more than 130 years. Public opinion on Kavanaugh's confirmation and the investigation is just as divided, WaPo explains.

According to the survey of 1,144 adults and 991 registered voters: 51% disapprove of Kavanaugh, and 41% approve.

  • 41% feel the congressional investigation into Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegations were enough. 50% feel U.S. Congress did not do enough.
  • 33% of registered voters said they were more likely to support Democratic candidates versus 27% who said they'd support Republican.
  • 53% support further investigation of Kavanaugh by U.S. Congress, and 43% oppose.

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