September 20, 2018 – A new poll conducted for CREDO Victory Fund by Civiqs shows that keeping Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court is more important to Maine voters, by a 2-1 margin, than re-electing Sen. Susan Collins. Per the results, 52 percent of voters said stopping Kavanaugh from being confirmed is more important, 25 percent said re-electing Sen. Collins is more important and 23 percent were not sure. Independent voters also agreed by the same margin.
The poll also found that 57 percent of Mainers believe that Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade if given the opportunity. According to Drew Linzer, Chief Scientist at Civiqs, “a plurality of registered voters in Maine of all ages, education levels, and both men and women, expect that confirming Kavanaugh would put Roe v. Wade in jeopardy.”
The poll was conducted from Sept. 14 through 17 among 793 registered voters in Maine, just before and immediately after the Washington Post published details of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh..
“Sen. Susan Collins should listen to Mainers and do everything in her power to keep Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court,” CREDO Action Co-Director Heidi Hess said. “If Sen. Collins decides to ignore the evidence that Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to Roe v. Wade, she will do so knowing that the majority of voters in Maine know better,” she said. “Opposing Kavanaugh is the right thing for Sen. Collins to do, both morally and politically,” Hess added.
“Given such clear concern for blocking Kavanaugh, Mainers must be paying close attention to the way that Sen. Collins is helping her fellow Republicans undermine and discredit Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in order to rush through Kavanaugh’s confirmation,” Hess continued. “It is hard to imagine Mainers will forgive Sen. Collins if she continues to enable her Party’s misogyny and sexism, refuses to stand with women and helps put an anti-woman extremist like Kavanaugh on the Court.”
Other notable findings of the poll include:
- 56 percent of registered voters in Maine oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
- Women in Maine are opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation by a 39-point margin: 67 percent oppose, while just 28 percent support.
- 54 percent of registered voters in Maine say they would be less likely to support Senator Susan Collins’ reelection if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
- 48 percent of Mainers believe that Senator Susan Collins answers more to Republican leaders like Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell than she does to Maine voters. Only 32 percent say that Senator Collins answers more to Maine voters, and 20 percent are unsure.
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