WASHINGTON – A plurality of registered U.S. voters support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed retiring Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to a poll that was released on Wednesday.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 40 percent of the respondents said they want the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh, compared with 28 percent who said they do not. Meanwhile, 32 percent said they are uncertain.
The poll found that 71 percent of Republicans said they support confirmation, compared with 17 percent of Democrats.
The sampling included 1,991 registered voters and was carried out July 13-14. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh’s nomination at a White House news conference last week.
Kavanaugh, 53, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. President George W. Bush appointed him in 2006.
The nominee appears to be headed toward a contentious confirmation battle.
Republicans occupy 51 Senate seats. Democrats occupy 49 seats. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is battling brain cancer and has been absent since last December.
Senate Democrats have held almost daily news conferences on Capitol Hill in which they have criticized Kavanaugh’s rulings on abortion, the environment and presidential accountability.