CNN Poll: Independents Disapprove of Dems’ Treatment of Kavanaugh

by David Nussman  •  •  October 9, 2018   

Independents opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation, but dislike Democrats' partisan smear campaign

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DETROIT ( - The way Democrat senators treated new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the confirmation process is driving away voters, especially independents.

A recent CNN poll found that 58 percent of independents — meaning non-partisan voters — disapprove of how the Democrats handled the Kavanaugh controversy and only 30 percent approve of their behavior. These numbers could mean that independents will be less likely to vote for Democratic candidates in the midterms this November.

This was a surprising find, since the same CNN poll also indicates that 49 percent of independents opposed the Senate voting to confirm Kavanaugh's to the U.S. Supreme Court and only 37 percent supported his confirmation.

So even though many independent voters did not want to see Kavanaugh confirmed, a majority of independents were disappointed by the Democrats' partisan attacks on Kavanaugh.

The Left's campaign of character assassination has also energized and united Republicans.

In similar news, a national survey conducted Oct. 1–2 by Rasmussen found that 65 percent of likely U.S. voters thought the Senate's handling of Kavanaugh's nomination was "poor." Fifty-nine percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of others agreed that the Senate handled it poorly. In the survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters, 54 percent of respondents said they thought the Senate had enough information at the time to decide whether or not to confirm Kavanaugh.

A different Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters, conducted Oct. 3–4, found that most Americans think sexual abuse is not more common today, but just gets more media attention.

Another result from that same poll shows many Americans are worried about false allegations of sexual assault. Fifty-three percent of likely voters said they agree with the statement, "It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of."

Conservatives were more likely to agree with the statement than liberals and moderates, and Republicans more than Democrats and others.

Likewise, strong supporters of President Donald Trump were the most likely to express concern over false allegations. There was little difference between the sexes, with 58 percent of males and 55 percent of females agreeing with the survey's statement. In terms of race, African-Americans were the most afraid of false accusations. Seventy-one percent of black respondents agreed with the survey's statement, in contrast with 56 percent of white respondents and 52 percent of other races.

It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of.

Another poll, backed by The Hill and polling company HarrisX, indicates that 45 percent of Americans think the media coverage of the confirmation process was biased against Kavanaugh. Only 20 percent said that the coverage was biased in Kavanaugh's favor, while 35 percent thought it was neutral. This poll got responses from 1,000 people on Oct. 6 and 7 — the days when the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh took the oath of office.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford claimed in a confidential letter to Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school in the early 1980s. Someone, possibly one of Feinstein's staffers, leaked Ford's letter to the press after the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings with Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh had to appear again before the committee to defend himself against Ford's accusations. Ford appeared before the committee for several hours, then later that day the committee senators heard from Kavanaugh.

After Ford's allegation was made public, two other women came forward with allegations of sexual assault. But few people deemed those allegations credible.

In his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend himself against Ford's accusation, Kavanaugh said, "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace."

He added, "There has been a frenzy on the Left to come up with something, anything, to oppose my nomination."

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