More Americans are more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans because of Brett Kavanaugh, the newest Supreme Court justice whom the Senate confirmed earlier this month.
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released on Tuesday found that 35 percent of the country is more inclined to support Democrats in the midterms because of their opposition to Kavanaugh. Twenty-seven percent prefer Republican candidates who voted to confirm Kavanaugh.
More than a third of those surveyed – 37 percent – said Kavanaugh would not affect the way they vote.
The Kavanaugh effect is also giving Democrats a boost among both men and women. Men are more likely to vote Democratic because of Kavanaugh by a 3-point margin. Democrats hold a 12-point edge with women.
The poll also found that Kavanaugh’s confirmation stirred up strong emotions in likely voters. Thirty-three percent said Kavanaugh made them “angry,” 26 percent felt “delighted,” and six percent said Kavanaugh making it to the Court “doesn’t matter one way or the other.”
Furthermore, 45 percent felt that Kavanaugh being on the Court is a “bad thing,” compared to 35 percent who think his presence is a “good thing.”
Overall, however, the Supreme Court still has the support of most Americans. Fifty-five percent hold a favorable view of the court, the survey found, versus 25 percent who view it unfavorably.
The telephone survey polled 1,000 likely voters Thursday through Monday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Hope is growing that momentum is swelling behind Democrats – and that it will hold.
The poll blasts a big hole in the narrative being spun by the White House.
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And therein lies the problem.