January 7th, 2009
01:07 PM ET
9 years ago

Majority say Burris shouldn't be seated

Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris makes his way to the Capitol on Tuesday.

Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris makes his way to the Capitol on Tuesday.

(CNN) - As Roland Burris gets set to press the Senate Democratic leadership to formally seat him in the chamber Wednesday, a new national poll shows the majority of Americans think the former Illinois attorney general should be blocked from serving.

According to a new USA/Today Gallup poll, 52 percent of Americans think President-elect Barack Obama's successor should instead be decided by a special election, while 23 percent think the second Illinois senate seat should remain open until the charges surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are resolved.

Only 16 percent said Burris should currently be allowed to assume the seat.

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soundoff (363 Responses)
  1. simp

    What do the people of Illinois think? Who care about these stupid polls by USA /today. I think he should be seated and not accept any deal from anybody asking him NOT to run in 2010 if he is seated now. What a joke this has become, they say it's not about race, then what in heck is it about?

    January 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. JB Cal

    gene holmes- I to do not believe burris should be a loud to serve in the senate. I think the only reason he was considerd was because he is black. Also I can't understand when they want equal rights that there the ones to yell discrimination first. when will the white population get it through there heads and start claiming reverse discrimination.

    Gene, did you even attempt to proof that crap prior to submitting it ? My guess is that you did but came up with the same trash.

    January 7, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Ed Minnesota

    I am a black American. I feel Burris acted shamefully and decided to tangled with Blago. He is an opportunist, and trying to add a racial tone to his appointment is particulary appalling. I am equally ashamed of the so said Gentleman Rush for bring the race to the issue. The Black American deserve more than burris desparation for the senate office. We need to grow above racial sentiments, and racialization of every thing including Burris opportunistic ambition. I don't support seating him as a matter of principle. If he is seated, consider that seat highly vulnerable in the next election. For me and irrespective of his good records, I will not vote him in the next election.

    January 7, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Ann Kuminns

    Burris is totally covered in the **** that Blago is swarming in, and it would be a traversty if he is seated. However, if this should happen, the voters of Illinois should and must send a strong message and kick him out in 2010. Burris himself has shown such poor judgement and lack of ethics in angling for the position and while he may be qualified in other aspects, surely the lack of a moral character should disqualify him. So what if a republican wins in the next elections. These same democrats have shown that they are not worthy of any support from the people, especially when they try to bring the race factor into an already stinking sewer. If an African American cannot win on his own, but needs to do it the wrong way, then he does not deserve to be there anyway. NO to Burris/Blago.

    January 7, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Dorothy Brewer

    This is ridiculous, if the Govenor has not been charged with a crime, then Burris should be seated, without any requirements or consessions. He might turn out to be a very good Senator for the state of Illinois.

    January 7, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Don't seat that guy!

    I know, I know, the first black senator blah blah blah. Should the 'first' black senator really be an appointee. This is where the Obama that I voted for makes it all better....right?

    January 7, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Marcus Allen

    Anyone arguing against Blagojevich /Burris is about as useless as saying O.J. is guilt of murder. The court of law and the rule of law trumps hearsay and speculation.

    January 7, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. demwit

    52% majority!? But isn't that a progressively defined mandate these days!!??

    January 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Monrob

    Yeah... but we have laws. We don't govern by polls. They have to sit him. You just watch!

    January 7, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Nelson

    Fellow democrats join me in calling for Reeds resignation as majority leader. To allow this issue to dominate the news and the peoples attention during a time when our nation is struggling. A time when the people want change and our government to work Over the past two years Reed has proven he is incapable of dealing with any serious issues. Same old politics,! Seat Burris, fire Reed and lets get on with changing this nation.

    January 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Pat

    The 52% of Americans that say Burris should not be seated are using emotion not logic nor law to come to this conclusion.
    Regardless of being selected by Blago- Burris's appointment is legal. Like it or not.

    It truly amazes me how the US is becoming dumber and dumber. Stop reading tabloids and looking at video. Why don't you pick up a book? Even the Geico caveman would have gotten this right!

    January 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. DON

    one must really consider the intellegency of Burris by accepting the nomination of our crook the gov. he should have waited for quinn to take office before even thinking about that position.

    And things are goin just as i thought. The US senate says no no no and now ther are saying maybe maybe maybe, next week they will say yes yes yes. Have some balls guys stand strong this guy should not be in.

    Our gov is having a field day with you guys

    January 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Joanna

    Maybe they didn't understand the question.... Burris was legally appointed. He should be seated with NO restrictions. Gov B shouldn't have made the appointment being there is a cloud of negativity around him( all his doing) BUT in our country, he is innocent until proven guilty, he still have appointment power. If we want to change our constitution so there are no appointments, fine. I think there should be special elections or have it so you can only run for one office at a time. until that happens, seat Burris. Move on to the real issues.

    January 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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