A slight majority of Americans surveyed by the Washington Post and ABC News back continued investigation by Congress of Brett Kavanaugh even after his Supreme Court confirmation.
More Americans disapprove of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court than approve, and a narrow majority says congressional investigation of the new justice should continue, not end with his elevation to the court, says a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The Senate’s 50-to-48 vote to approve the 53-year-old Kavanaugh’s appointment was the closest on a Supreme Court justice since the 1880s. The poll shows the public’s reaction was almost as divided. The survey shows that 43 percent of Americans believe the court’s rulings will be more politically motivated with Kavanaugh on the court.
Asked how the Kavanaugh debate would affect their midterm vote, slightly more say it makes them more inclined to support Democrats for Congress than Republicans. Women say the episode draws them toward Democrats over Republicans by a 16-point margin, while men are more evenly split. The Post-ABC poll finds 53 percent of Americans support further investigation of Kavanaugh by Congress, while 43 percent are opposed. There are significant gender differences, with men narrowly approving of Kavanaugh’s confirmation (48 percent approve, 43 percent disapprove), while women disapprove of the confirmation by a 23-point margin (58 percent to 35 percent).