Poll: 48% of white evangelicals would support Kavanaugh even if the allegations against him were true

Sep 28, 2018

By Tara Isabella Burton

Forty-eight percent of white evangelicals say that embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed even if the allegations of sexual assault against him are true.

Marist asked 1,000 respondents from September 22 to 24 whether they would support Kavanaugh if the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party decades ago, were found to be true.

Support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation falls along partisan lines with 12 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Republicans saying yes. Kavanaugh has consistently denied the allegations, as well as the allegations of at least three other accusers, whose more recent allegations came out too late to be included in the poll.

Aside from the 48 percent who said they would support Kavanaugh’s appointment to the court, 36 percent of white evangelicals say they would not support it, and 16 percent did not have an answer. Mirroring the poll results, many prominent white evangelicals have spoken out in Kavanaugh’s defense, characterizing the allegations against him as part of a liberal plot to waylay his nomination. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of the evangelical Liberty University, sent 300 women Liberty students to Washington, DC, to support Kavanaugh during this week’s Senate confirmation hearings.

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One comment on “Poll: 48% of white evangelicals would support Kavanaugh even if the allegations against him were true”

  • This is why religion, and in particular the religious weaponisation of the Republican party is the gravest threat to America at present. These people don’t care about democracy, fairness or integrity. They care only about beating Democrats by any means necessary. Indoctrinated since birth to believe in things for which there is no evidence they are equally capable of not believing in things for which there is evidence. They hate homosexuals, abortions, immigrants and Democrats in about equal measure. 40% of republican voters also said in a poll they were either quite ok with or at least not averse to Russians interfering in the 2020 election or 2018 midterms as long as it was to get more Republicans elected.

    Imagine being able to go back 60 years to the height of the cold war with the Soviet Union and telling Republicans back then to whom the word “commie” was the biggest insult you could throw at anyone that in the 21st century Republicans would be wearing T shirts saying I’d rather be a Russian than a Democrat and openly welcoming Russian interference in American elections. They’d think you were batshit crazy.

    Trump is clearly a yuge problem but he’s not the disease, he’s the symptom. He wouldn’t be in power if his base didn’t care about him being a pathological liar or a serial sexual abuser as long as he beats Democrats and puts anti gay and anti abortion judges on the Supreme Court.

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