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July 26, 2018 / Press Releases

Three Weeks In, Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee is the Least Popular of Any Nominee in Modern History


For Immediate Release: July 26, 2018
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

 

With a new Quinnipiac poll showing that more Americans oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s lifetime nomination to the Supreme Court than support it, Trump’s nominee is now the least popular Supreme Court nominee in history.

The numbers say it all. Using data from the Quinnipiac poll as well as a recent FiveThirtyEight article, Kavanaugh polls worse than failed nominees Harriet Miers and Robert Bork—and has dropped -13 from Gorsuch’s nomination last year.

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in response:

“The American people have not been fooled—Brett Kavanaugh’s record shows he is a direct threat to our most fundamental rights, and, with the balance of the Court at stake, Americans are counting on their senators to reject him. In a country where 71% of Americans support Roe v. Wade, Kavanaugh would be a vote to gut Roe, criminalize abortion, and punish women. We need a jurist who will uphold our fundamental freedoms and act independent of this or any administration’s political aims.”

Year

Nominee

Net Confirmation Support

2018

Brett Kavanaugh

-1

2017

Neil Gorsuch

+12

2016

Merrick Garland

+20

2010

Elena Kagan

+12

2009

Sonia Sotomayor

+22

2005

Samuel Alito

+20

2005

Harriet Miers

+6

2005

John Roberts

+28

1993

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

+39

1991

Clarence Thomas

+35

198

Robert Bork

+6

 

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.”

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