It also suggests the tumultuous battle over his nomination could harm the court's reputation as the nonpartisan branch of government.
Over a dozen complaints - some from Democratic partisan groups - about statements Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings were referred to federal judges in Colorado by Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday. To 39 percent of the public, Kavanaugh's presence will make no difference in the degree of partisanship. Because the Republican Party has closely tied itself to the president's image and agenda since he took office, these numbers bode very poorly for them going into the midterm elections.
While numerous results in the poll fall along familiar partisan lines, it also found that political independents are more suspicious than supportive of the new justice.
Judge Kavanaugh began his career working on the Independent Counsel investigation into president Bill Clinton.
However, before Mr Kavanaugh's nomination could go to vote by the senate, a number of women came forward alleging serious sexual assault claims against him.
Democratic leaders also recognized the risk that a deal that put more conservatives on the bench could anger and dispirit their base voters.
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Republicans now hold the White House and both chambers of Congress, but many in the party fear anti-Trump voters will overwhelm the president's supporters in the elections, pushing the House - at least - over to the Democrats.
Democrats could gain more than the 23 seats needed to take the House majority, which would normally be considered a "wave election" for Democrats up and down the ballot. Men are more evenly split, with 30 percent more likely to back Republicans, while 25 percent are more likely to back Democrats.
Hirono said she was not concerned about a backlash from Democratic voters if the deal appears favorable to Republicans. Women as a whole support an investigation 58 percent to 37 percent, while men are almost evenly split on that matter, with 47 percent supporting an investigation and 49 percent opposing it. But with a handful of endangered Democrats up for re-election this year, they agreed to vote immediately on three Circuit Court judges and 12 District Court judges, who were all successfully confirmed on Thursday, and head home on recess.
One day, Republicans should return the favor.
Accusations from several women remain under scrutiny, and House Democrats have pledged further investigation if they win the majority in November. Liberals are talking of ways to "eventually undo" the conservative bloc's power without waiting for a member to retire or die - there has even been talk of trying to impeach Kavanaugh.
The justices privately made the decision not to hear the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation.
But there are 48 other Republican senators and one Democrat who voted to confirm him.