Trump's Supreme Court pick is least popular nominee in decades


Brett Kavanaugh is the worst-performing Supreme Court nominee in the history of Gallup polling.

Trump's reverse-Midas touch has struck again: Brett Kavanaugh is now the worst-polling Supreme Court nominee in the history of Gallup.

Trump's handpicked choice to tilt the court completely to the right has just 41 percent of the electorate backing his candidacy, while 37 percent oppose him.

That results in a net support of +4. By comparison, Trump's first Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch was at +13 in the same poll.

Kavanaugh's poor performance puts him in line with other nominees offered by Republican presidents who were ultimately rejected. Robert Bork, nominated by President Ronald Reagan, had a +6 level of support, while George W. Bush's disastrous nominee, Harriet Miers, was at +8.

Both of Trump's picks have also had less than 50 percent support. Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's final choice for a Supreme Court position, had 52 percent support, and his net support was +23.

Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, refused to hold hearings or have a vote on Garland's nomination. But now McConnell is now pushing for an accelerated nomination process that would put Kavanaugh on the bench.

Kavanaugh is central to Republican efforts to roll back progress in the U.S. He has been vetted by the right-wing Federalist Society to undo Roe v. Wade, attack Obamacare, and weaken labor unions.

The recent Gallup poll reflects vast opposition to the man selected by the widely disliked Trump to erase gains millions of Americans have fought for.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.