More Americans now oppose the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh than support it, according to recent polling, with support falling to the lowest levels since President Donald Trump announced his nomination.
> An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll has 43% of Americans opposing his nomination and 38% supporting it, while a new Morning Consult poll says 37% oppose the nomination and 34% support it.
> Kavanaugh suffered an 11-point drop in net support from Republicans over the last week, according to Morning Consult — and this includes an 18-point drop in support from Republican women. Overall, 58% of GOP voters support his confirmation to the country's highest court, while 11% oppose it.
> Morning Consult also found that GOP support for Trump dropped alongside support for his SCOTUS pick, falling 16 points since a similar poll last week. Among women, support for the president dropped 19 points, with 68% approving and 26% disapproving. (The poll's results for Republican voters have a four point margin of error).
The polls were conducted prior to a third accuser coming forward with allegations that Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge spiked the drinks of girls during house parties in order that they could be “gang raped”.
They were also conducted prior to Christine Blasey Ford’s Thursday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and he was a drunken 17-year-old.
> That poll also found that about a third of Americans (32%) believe Ford's claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s, while 26% believe Kavanaugh's denials, and 42% don't know who to believe.
> Nearly 60% say that if Ford's allegations are true, Kavanaugh isn't fit to sit on the country's highest court, but a majority of Republicans (54%) say the judge should be confirmed even if the allegations of sexual misconduct are true, according to The Marist poll.