By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic
About half of Arizona’s likely voters support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and appear evenly divided over whether they believe an allegation he sexually assaulted a girl when he was a teenager, according to a statewide poll.
A quarter of Arizonans surveyed for an Arizona Republic/Suffolk University poll had not made up their minds as to whether they believe Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford.
Blasey Ford has accused him of sexually assaulting her in the summer of 1982 when she was 15 and he was 17.
According to the poll, nearly 49 percent of likely voters support Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court, driven by overwhelming support from Republicans. About 42 percent oppose his nomination, with overwhelming opposition from Democrats.
About half of Arizona’s independents oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination and 37 percent support him. Independent voters make up about one-third of the state’s electorate.
Women were more likely to believe Blasey Ford’s recollection of events over Kavanaugh’s story. Forty-two percent of women polled said they believed Blasey Ford, and 33 percent said they thought Kavanaugh was telling the truth. One-quarter of female voters had not decided whom to believe.