Though a plurality of the public remains opposed the the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a new poll finds a potential trouble spot for Democrats: 60 percent of those surveyed say they believe he should be confirmed if the FBI investigation is unable to corroborate sexual misconduct accusations against him while 75 percent found fault with Sen. Dianne Feinstein's handling of the allegations.
The survey, taken by Harvard's Center for American Political Studies in conjunction with the Harris Poll, found that 67 percent of voters believe Christine Blasey Ford was a "credible witness," compared with 50 percent for Kavanaugh. Furthermore, just 37 percent favored the confirmation of Kavanaugh post-testimony, compared with 44 percent who said they were against it.
The survey then notes, "Majorities of voters – 66% – the Senate decision to delay the vote by the week and involve the FBI to search for corroborating evidence. If the FBI review finds no corroborating evidence, 60% of voters support the confirmation of Kavanaugh."
As of now, the only evidence that exists regarding Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh is her account itself, whereas four others she identified as being at the party, including her close female friend, either deny the event took place or have no memory of the gathering she described.
Though voters may define corroboration in a different way in practice, and ultimately remain opposed to him, Democratic efforts to stop Kavanaugh are not playing well with the public.
"A majority of voters believe that Kavanaugh’s confirmation process was politicized and mishandled, with 69% calling it a 'national disgrace,'" according to the survey, which was a term Kavanaugh himself used in his statement to the Judiciary Committee. Furthermore, "voters blame both parties for being partisan, with 54% blaming the Republicans and 55% blaming Democrats. Further, 75% of voters believe that Senator Diana Feinstein should have immediately turned over the letter from Christine Ford to the Senate Judiciary committee in July, when she received it."
It should be noted that this is just one poll of many we'll be seeing in the coming days and weeks in a fast-moving story. But it is an indication that everybody should take a pause before confidently asserting how the nomination fight may play out in the midterm elections.