Public opinion surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination has turned more sharply partisan following last week’s historic Senate hearing — and what was once seen as a political winner for Republicans now looks like a modest liability in this fall’s midterm elections. A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll — conducted last Friday and Saturday, after the Thursday hearing — shows 40 percent of voters say he shouldn’t be confirmed to the high court. That’s compared to just 37 percent who want the Senate to confirm him. More than one-in-five voters, 23 percent, are undecided.Story Continued Below The poll shows more voters taking sides on the nomination following the hearing, with both support and opposition to Kavanaugh ticking up 3 percentage points from last week. Other polls taken in the days after the hearing suggested that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Capitol Hill testimony last week — where she accused Kavanaugh of … [Read more...] about Poll: Kavanaugh opinion hardens along partisan lines
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By Scott Rasmussen Despite enormous media coverage and intense discussions in official Washington, the allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have had little impact on public opinion (so far). Before his confirmation hearings, a ScottRasmussen.com surveyfound that 48 percent of voters wanted their senator to confirm Kavanaugh. After the hearings, but before the accusations, 52 percent favored confirmation. Now, after the accusations, that number is 49 percent. Keep in mind that the poll has a 3-point margin of error. Prior to the allegations, 22 percent had a “Very Favorable” opinion of the judge and 18 percent had a “Very Unfavorable” opinion. Today, those figures are 23 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Confirming this sense that not much has changed is the Generic Congressional Ballot. Just before the accusations against Kavanaugh were made public, Democrats had an 8-point advantage (49 percent to 41 percent). In … [Read more...] about Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Fail to Move Public Opinion
POLITICS 09/19/2018 09:17 am ET He was already unpopular. But so far, the latest news seems merely to have reinforced the partisan dynamics already in play. By Ariel Edwards-Levy The sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh so far appears to have had virtually no effect on public support for his nomination, new polling finds. Although he remains historically unpopular, he doesn’t appear to have suffered any further attrition over the course of the past week. In three HuffPost/YouGov surveys ― one taken entirely before the scandal broke, one after the revelation that an allegation had been made against him and the third after the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, publicly stepped forward ― opposition to confirming Kavanaugh has ranged between 31 and 34 percent. In the most recent poll, 32 percent support his confirmation, 32 percent oppose it and another 36 percent aren’t sure. Among those who disapprove of … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh Is Accused Of Sexual Assault. That Hasn’t Changed Public Opinion At All.
Plus, charter schools and vouchers gain favor; and, union and nonunion teachers differ significantly on key policy issues /EIN News/ -- Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 2018 Education Next annual survey of American public opinion on education reveals growing support for increasing teacher pay—to the highest level seen in EdNext’s annual survey since 2008—amid a national wave of statewide teacher strikes and walkouts, with residents of affected states especially enthusiastic. Public support for charter schools and vouchers for all students is also up from last year. The Trump administration’s review—and potential rescinding—of an Obama-era “Dear Colleague” letter on racial disparities in student discipline seems to follow views of the general public, as respondents largely oppose federal regulation to address these disparities. A sizable majority also oppose affirmative action in K-12 … [Read more...] about The 2018 EdNext Poll–Public support grows for increasing teacher salaries
Molly Beck and Patrick Marley Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 10:30 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker seeks to change public perception of a $4 billion taxpayer-funded package for Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn in four new ads tailored for the areas of Wisconsin they will be seen. Walker's campaign produced ads for western Wisconsin, southeastern Wisconsin, northern and central Wisconsin and for the Green Bay area — with each featuring businesses or projects in those areas. The ads will begin airing Tuesday and seek to convince voters of two things: That the $10 billion facility planned for Racine County will benefit other areas of the state, and that state taxpayers haven't paid more for the plant than it's worth. "Foxconn will earn tax credits based on actual investment in job creation. No jobs and investment? No credits," Walker says in each ad, filmed on the grounds of the planned Foxconn site in Mount Pleasant. Voters are … [Read more...] about Scott Walker seeks to change public opinion of Foxconn project in four new ads