What the Polls Say about Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee


An AP News poll this week shows that many Americans have no strong opinion about whether Brett Kavanaugh should be the next Supreme Court Justice. They also don’t care whether he’s confirmed before or after the midterm elections. Others, however, have very strong opinions, and they’re not all based on their opinion of Kavanaugh himself.

Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh was legal counsel and then staff secretary for President George W. Bush for about five years. He is currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In his 12 years on the bench for that court, he has ruled on over 300 cases. He also worked for Kenneth Starr during President Bill Clinton’s presidency and helped write the report that called for his impeachment. As an appeals court judge, the Supreme Court has upheld his decisions on 13 cases and overturned his ruling only once.

His case history does not reveal him to hold strong political opinions. In the words of President Donald Trump, he is “an originalist.”

What the Poll and the Public Says

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research asked 1,055 American adults of various backgrounds what they thought about Kavanaugh.