- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A plurality of voters supports the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, including nearly one in five Democrats, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey found that 40 percent of voters want the Senate to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, while 28 percent don’t want him confirmed.

The breakdown falls largely along partisan lines; 71 percent of Republicans favor Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, while only 17 percent of Democrats say the same.

Judge Kavanaugh is meeting Wednesday with Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has met with more than 15 GOP senators as Republicans look to schedule a confirmation hearing in late August.

The survey was conducted July 13-14 among 1,991 voters.

Nearly half of those polled, 48 percent, say senators should vote based on the nominee’s qualifications, while 32 percent say they should vote based on a nominee’s own political and social stances.

In the survey, 57 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of Republicans say Supreme Court justices should uphold past decisions regardless of their personal opinions.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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