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. BS not Maverick

    I agree, he shouldn't not until Blago resigns.

    January 7, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Corey

    Are there any polls that focus only on Illinoisan voters?

    January 7, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Ken in Dallas

    For better or worse, the law isn't a CNN opinion poll.

    The law says Burris is the duly-appointed junior Senator from Illinois.
    It's done now, we can't wish it away like rain (has anybody gotten that rain thing to work yet?)

    Sixteen percent of the American public has the right answer on this quiz question. Maybe Congress should stop quibbling over Burris and do something about Americans' shocking ignorance of the law.

    January 7, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Citizen from NY

    I agree with Diane Feinstein on this one....Blagojevich i(sp?) s STILL the sitting governor of Illinois; he is NOT as of yet IMPEACHED, NOR has he been declared incompetent or convicted of a criminal act. That being said, he STILL has the authority to appoint Burris and Burris should be accepted into the Senate. The law is the law.

    January 7, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Laverne

    Setting all the details aside, Blagojevich is still the governor and is still making other decisions and signing off on other things on behalf of the state of Illinois that is considered lawful. Why shouldn't Burris be seated. What really baffles me is how Harry Reid could not even stand up to Joe Lieberman for his actions and how Nancy Pelosi did not have the guts to proceed with impeaching Bush and now all of sudden they are so ethical. I am a dem, but I don't Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have served the dems well.

    January 7, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. American

    Its looks like burris intentionally became a part of blago circus. Burris looks like a big greedy fool.

    January 7, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. They won't listen to the polls----

    Burris is in-the deal was made last month--if Blagojevich appointed an African American, then Obama would pardon Blago when the flak died down-

    That's the Chicago Way-

    January 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Kent Bell

    No way Roland Burris should be seated in the U.S. Senate. He would be shunned by the entire senate and could never function as a senator due to being selected by Blagojevich.

    January 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. obama-mama

    Obama told Blago to step down and he should. Just like in any job if there is an ongoing investigation a lot of people are off with or without pay until investigation has ended. Don't see why Blago is so different. Someone needs to put their foot down and overturn his appointment of Burris.....

    January 7, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Rick

    Ken in Dallas,
    Does the law say that Burris can be a duly appointed Senator without the signature of the Secretary of State and without the official state seal n the document?

    January 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Claire, NH

    Blagojevich wouldn't have thought about using this guy unless he was desperate. He was desperate, and forced to pick an honorable man for a dishonorable appointment.

    We're sick of people like Blago and we're sick of dirty politics. Enough.

    Illinois needs to get it's act together and impeach this guy so that the incoming Governor can appoint a legitimate Congressman or woman.

    January 7, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Arkansas4Obama

    Breaking News from MSNBC said the AP just said their seating Burris...so THERE YOU GO!!!

    Do I think he should be seated, NO (and I'm an AA Woman) but it is what it is. I think they should have had an election.....

    Thanks Media for blowing this story up!!!...........

    January 7, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Bridgette-PA

    I totally agree with "Cititzen from NY". I might also ask why Burris wants to be involved in this circus? Why not turn down the offer to show that he wants his appointed seat to be given to him without any questions. He needs to chill out. I'm starting to think that he likes the negative attention and wants people to keep talking about race. He starting to make me ill!

    January 7, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Newport News, VA

    He should seated. It was and still is a legal appointment made by the cheif executive of Illinois.

    January 7, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Marcus Allen

    Who in God's name said that we should follow polls instead of the law?
    Who cares what a USA/Today poll said?
    In this country we follow the written LAW and not what any one snapshot poll purports.

    January 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Bridgette-PA

    One more thing.....Why is Blagojevich still the governor and making other decisions and signing off on things on behalf of the state of Illinois that is considered lawful? How could this be? Either he is lawfully allowed to appoint or not! No inbetweens! Can someone say "IMMEDIATE TERMINATION" as would be the case of us "normal working people".

    January 7, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Mike Pittsburgh

    What we think is irrelevant. The law states that Blagojevich has the power to make the appointment. Unless the Illinois State government stepped up and stripped him of that power BEFORE he made the appointment ... like Norm Coleman 2008 and Al Gore 2000, you cannot go back after the fact and attempt to change the rules to suit what you want them to be.

    The same holds true for the Bush lame-duck appointments or executive orders. The time to strip that power from the executive branch is not when an unpopular president is doing what the law says he is allowed to do. The Republicans of January 2001 were just as outraged as the Democrats are today. The fact that Bush is not nearly the president that Clinton was does not change the legitimacy of these actions.

    January 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Brian - Trinidad

    And 92% of those who said he shouldn't be seated didn't know that Obama was pressuring Blago to appoint a certain person as reward for helping his campaign and Blago was holding out for more.The way this was reported it appears that out of the blue,Blago decided to make some money from this.Another Obama lie.Obama approached Blago,made Blago an offer in exchange for appointing Obama's choice.Blago held out for more.This is politics as usual and is reason #479 that Obama will be a worse president that Bush.

    January 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. James

    There is somthing wrong with this Burris fellow. Nobody in their right mind, builds a shrine with all of their accomplishments scribed into granite while they are still alive. This has not been done since the great pyrimids. I think we need a psycho expert on this one.

    January 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. JH Texas

    I wonder how much Blagojevich made off this appointment.........I am sure someone got paid off!

    January 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Wyatt

    Who would of thought that the Democrats wouldn't want to follow their own laws? Please just follow the rules and move on.

    January 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Hey Dallas

    The law DOES NOT say that Burris the duly-appointed junior Senator from Illinois. The law DOES require that the Secretary of State of certify the appointment BEFORE he is the the duly-appointed junior Senator from Illinois. THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED!

    January 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. melvin


    January 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Charles Atlanta

    Well.. common sense to everyone. You can see Burris is desparate. Do you believe there was no discussion/negotiation between Burris and Blagojevich before the announcement? These two are collaborating all the way..

    January 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. AnaB

    I just saw something now saying they are going to accept him...

    January 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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