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Poll Shows Jump In Democratic Enthusiasm After Kavanaugh Confirmation

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Successfully getting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court was seen as a major victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump, but the results of a new Politico/Morning Consult poll suggest the new Justice's confirmation could hurt the GOP in next month's midterm elections.

The survey conducted just a day after the Senate narrowly voted to confirm Kavanaugh showed a significant jump in voter enthusiasm among Democrats.

Seventy-seven percent of Democrats said they were "very motivated" to turn out and vote in the upcoming elections, up from 67 percent in a poll conducted last month.

Meanwhile, the poll showed the percentage of Republicans that said they were "very motivated" to vote edged down to 68 percent from 69 percent.

Enthusiasm among both Democratic men and women increased compared to last month's poll, while enthusiasm among both Republican men and women held steady.

The survey also showed Democrats expanding their lead on a generic ballot, with 48 percent of voters supporting the Democratic candidate in their district compared to the 38 percent that backed the Republican candidate.

The ten-point advantage for Democrats in the latest poll compares to the eight-point lead they held in a survey conducted last month.

Calling the ten-point gap "notable" Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, told Morning Consult, "This big lead for Democrats comes after the Kavanaugh fight, which Republicans hoped would improve their fortunes."

The Politico/Morning Consult survey of 2,189 registered voters was conducted on October 7th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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