Rally in Chicago against the policy "anti-women" of Trump

The Senate's 50-48 vote last week to approve the 53-year-old Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment was the closest on a Supreme Court justice since the 1880s, and the poll shows the public's reaction was nearly as divided. To 39 percent of the public, Kavanaugh's presence will make no difference in the degree of partisanship.

Fifty-three percent of Americans support such an investigation, while 43 percent opposed.

Nationally, there were only 15 head-to-head districts where Republicans aired more ads than Democrats at all - compared to the Democrats winning the air wars in 69 House races during the period in October. Earlier this week, he called out mainstream outlets for failing to ask some hard questions about how the Christine Blasey Ford letter was leaked at the strategically perfectly moment for Senate Democrats desperate to delay the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

They said similar marches fueled by anger over the Kavanaugh confirmation were scheduled later in October in other states, including the Republican strongholds of Texas, Georgia and SC.

The poll revealed that 45 percent of the respondents trust the Democratic Party more when it comes to dealing with the key problems that the country faces and only 37 percent would like the Republican Party to handle these issues. "In this week's poll, 70 percent of voters say they are very motivated to vote - including 77 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of Republicans, and 60 percent of independents". Partisan divisions are 33-26-35 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.

Independent voters are far less supportive of the decision to confirm Kavanaugh: 47 percent say the Senate erred in confirming him, while 34 percent say it made the right decision. The gender gap peaks among 18- to 49-year-olds -- 70 percent of women in this age group support an investigation, vs. 53 percent of men. By 51 percent to 41 percent, more adults disapprove than approve of Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation. It would, however, behoove the media to be somewhat more skeptical of Republicans' self-serving spin and to understand the cultural phenomenon Republicans unleashed, prompting thousands of women to tell their most painful experiences for the first time.

A plurality of voters, 44 percent, said the confirmation process gave them a less favorable view of Kavanaugh - including 36 percent who said it made them view him much less favorably - while 30 percent said it made them more favorable toward him.

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone October 8-11, 2018, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,144 adults, with 65 percent reached on cell phones and 35 percent on landlines.

  • Tracy Klein