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New poll shows West Virginians support Kavanaugh confirmation
WV Metro News
By Jeff Jenkins
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A public opinion poll taken after Thursday’s emotional testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination shows nearly 60 percent of West Virginians surveyed support his nomination.
Public Opinion Strategies, conducting the poll for the Judicial Crisis Network, called 722 West Virginia voters Thursday evening and 58 percent supported the confirmation of Kavanaugh, 28 percent did not. The poll’s margin of error is plus/minus 3.65 percent.
Among Republicans the support is 81 percent in favor while 45 percent of Democrats polled are against the confirmation and 42 percent in favor.
The poll comes with a vote expected by the full Senate next week. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin remained undecided early Friday afternoon. Manchin’s vote is expected to be one of the key votes. Manchin, who has already had one meeting with Kavanaugh, has previously said he planned to meet with Kavanaugh after the confirmation hearings. Those were expected to wrap up Friday afternoon.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982. She said she thought he was going to accidentally kill her when he placed his hand over her mouth. Kavanaugh vehemently denied all claims in his testimony.
A plurality of those who participated in the Thursday night poll said Manchin’s vote on Kavanaugh would make no difference on whether they would or would not vote for him in his Nov. 6 reelection bid.
The Public Opinion Strategies poll also shows more women, 52 percent, found Kavanaugh more believable than Ford, 36 percent.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito has been a supporter of Kavanaugh since her meeting this summer.
“Senator Capito has been supportive of Judge Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process, and that has not changed,” a spokesperson said Thursday night.
Manchin’s opponent, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, criticized Manchin in a tweet Friday for holding out on how he’ll vote.
“He’s waiting until the outcome is effectively decided before he reveals his vote,” Morrisey tweeted.
The Kavanaugh nomination process will likely be a topic of conversation Saturday night when Morrisey appears with President Donald Trump at a rally in Wheeling.