WASHINGTON — Nearly half of likely U.S. voters think the media is trying to prevent Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, according to a poll released Monday.
The Rasmussen poll found that 47 percent of the respondents said most reporters who cover Kavanaugh aim to stop his ascension to the high court, compared with 37 percent who said most reporters have objectively covered Kavanaugh. Eight percent said most reporters are trying to help Kavanaugh get confirmed.
The sampling included 1,000 likely voters and was carried out Sep. 19-20. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The survey was released just hours after a new allegation of sexual misconduct was leveled against Kavanaugh.
Deborah Ramirez, 53, who attended Yale with Kavanaugh, told The New Yorker in an article published Sunday that during the 1983-84 school year — when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen — he exposed himself to her at a on-campus party.
Following the New Yorker report, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein of California, called on Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to postpone a hearing scheduled for Thursday in which California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford is expected to testify about a allegation of sexual misconduct she leveled against Kavanaugh.
Feinstein said Ford should not testify until the FBI has had a chance to thoroughly investigate both allegations.
Ford’s allegation dates back to a high school party in the early 1980s when Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md.
Kavanaugh has said he will testify at Thursday’s hearing. He has stringently denied allegations leveled by both Ford and Ramirez.
A recent Fox News poll showed that only 40 percent of registered voters think Kavanaugh should be confirmed.