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July 18, 2018 / Press Releases

New Poll Shows Kavanaugh In Harriet Miers Territory


For Immediate Release: July 17, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

In response to a new Pew Research Center poll on Americans’ views on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue stated:

“The first polls out on Judge Kavanaugh show a deeply skeptical and divided America on his nomination. His support mirrors that of Harriet Miers, known as one of the least successful Supreme Court nominations in recent history. His dangerous record has clearly disturbed people and should send clear warning signs to all Senators. Americans — both Democrats and Republicans — are watching this fight and know the stakes. They don’t want abortion criminalized and they expect Kavanaugh to answer tough questions on where he stands on abortion. Today’s numbers show that the American public was not fooled by Kavanaugh’s carefully-planned roll out, and this lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court is too important to risk on someone with Kavanaugh’s record.”

From the Pew poll:

  • As NBC’s Mark Murray points out, Kavanaugh has the weakest net confirm/don’t confirm score since Harriet Miers.
  • Overall, 61% of adults –including 70% of Democrats and 51% of Republicans – say that when senators ask about issues like abortion, Supreme Court nominees should be required to answer.

  • A large majority of Americans (83%) say the choice of the next Supreme Court justice is either very or somewhat important to them personally, with 63% saying it is very important. Just 16% say it is not too important or not at all important.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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