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Poll Shows Jump In Opposition To Kavanaugh's Confirmation


Opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation has seen a significant increase following allegations of sexual assault, according to the results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Thirty-eight percent of voters oppose Kavanaugh serving as a justice on the Supreme Court in the latest poll, up from 29 percent in a poll conducted last month.

The percentage of voters that oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation is now above the percentage that supports his confirmation, which inched up to 34 percent from 33 percent.

The poll also showed that the percentage of voters saying they don't know enough about Kavanaugh to have an opinion dropped to 28 percent from 37 percent.

NBC News said this is the first time in polling dating back to Chief Justice John Roberts' nomination in 2005 that a Supreme Court nominee has been underwater on the confirmation question.

The survey was conducted after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing as well as the revelation of sexual assault allegations against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

The jump in opposition to Kavanaugh comes amid a significant loss of support among women over 50, suburban women, independents and seniors.

Not surprisingly, the poll shows a significant partisan divide, as 73 percent of Republicans back Kavanaugh but 66 percent of Democrats oppose his confirmation.

The release of the poll results comes amid haggling between Ford's attorneys and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee over her potential testimony before the committee.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has scheduled a Monday hearing for both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify, but Ford's attorneys said that does not give her enough time to prepare.

Ford's lawyers have suggested the psychology professor would be willing to testify before the committee next Thursday if certain conditions are met.

The NBC/WSJ survey of 900 registered voters was conducted September 16th through 19th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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