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Poll: Has the Kavanaugh Controversy Swayed You to Vote in the Midterms?

The unprecedented confirmation hearings and subsequent swearing-in of the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest member are influencing voter turnout nationally. Will they send you to the polling booth or keep you away?

The national news over the last several weeks has been consumed with the saga of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, ending with his being seated on the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

This process, with multiple allegations of sexual assault and Kavanaugh’s angry responses to Democrats on the committee, drew protests both for and against the conservative jurist to Washington, D.C. and to other locations around the country, including New Jersey.

For those who opposed Kavanaugh, the mantra has become, “Don’t get mad, vote.” At the same time, Republicans are saying that the televised fight has finally energized their base to show up at next month’s midterm elections. A poll released yesterday by Politico found that, nationally, Republican enthusiasm for voting has risen but Democratic zeal got a bigger boost — 77 percent of Democrats said they are “very motivated” to vote, compared with 68 percent of Republicans.

Has the Kavanaugh confirmation affected your decision on voting?

  • Yes. The Senate put Kavanaugh on the bench despite the multiple allegations against him and I’m concerned about his demeanor — yelling at the senators and asking one if she had ever blacked out after drinking. I can’t sit back and not participate in the democratic process to try to prevent that kind of travesty from happening again.

  • Yes. The way they railroaded Kavanaugh and essentially put him on trial for something that happened so long ago — that he didn’t do — woke me up. I’m angry and I need to vote to help support those in Congress who do the right thing.

  • No. The whole Kavanaugh confirmation was an overblown circus that got way more attention than it deserved. He’s one vote out of nine on the Supreme Court and most of the decisions that come out of the court don’t affect me anyway.

  • No. I was already energized and planning to vote. This is a very significant midterm election for the country and I want to make sure I have a voice in it.

  • No. I gave up on voting long ago. Congress is broken, and I can’t fix it. The Kavanaugh hearings only confirmed that for me.

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