January 7th, 2009
01:07 PM ET
5 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. Jimmie Greer

    Seat him.......I am a conservative and originally from Illinois. I may not agree politically but Roland Burris always has been a honest person. He was the Illinois Comptroller when I was growing up and he was honest then. The Gov of Illinois is probably going to go to jail but who knows and until he is impeached he does have the authority to replace President elect Obamas senate seat. I did not vote for Obama either but I do believe in the rule of law.

    January 7, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Aaron

    Meanwhile, it doesn't matter what the NATION thinks...it is the ILLINOIS senate seat. What do the people from Illinois think? They are the ones who will be represented by this man.

    January 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. DWoods

    Less than an hour ago, I submitted a comment to Chicago Sun Times that only 17 – 23% of Illinois residents want to have Burris seated. There is, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, a connection between Blago and Burris and it cannot be a good relationship no matter what anyone says. Blago should be pushed out of office yesterday. And if Burris is seated, I will vote for his opponent in the next election. Wrong is wrong and Blago and Burris are OPENLY wrong for Illinois and this country.

    January 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Martin Guillot

    I say seat him, let him serve with this cloud over him for 2 years, then watch him humiliate himself when he runs for election and gets crushed because of this.

    January 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Soldier and Former Republican

    WOW, Amazing to watch republicans still bitter over the election attempt to tie this to Obama. This has nothing to do with Obama. It looks bad for Dems, but thats thanks to Blago, Burris and Reid. Burris is an egotistical, camera-loving, puppet of Blag. The man even built himself a mausoleum, and left space to add more accomplishments. Who in their right mind does that? Blago is trying to deflect attention off himself, and Reid is trying to flex his muscles. This is sad, but has nothing to do with Obama.

    January 7, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Griff

    Black and White. 1% Religion... 45% Production the rest Seduction....
    Norma Rae (Movie)... Sally Field... How can you not love that Woman... Isn't she Beautiful...

    January 7, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Ted

    I wholeheartedly believe that Roland Burris is the legal appointee, however, politicians will do what politicans will do. Lt. Governor Quinn could end all of this nonsense now if he would publicly announce that he would appoint Roland Burris to the senate seat, if the choice was his.

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Robin

    The majority one time voted for Bush, who cares about the majority. I still be a slave if I relied on the majority. Burris' appointment is legal and America needs to stop being pity and immature. This man did nothing wrong. Bush is still appointing people and he is the biggest crook ever!!!

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Veronica Richmond, VA.

    Somethings wrong with Burris, why can't he get elected in his state? I don't trust him, he makes Illinois look bad. He should NOT be setted, if he is, I bet he brings Rod with him in some manner, as a paid job.

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. steve from alabama

    So far as I can tell, Blagojevich is still the Governor and hasn't been indicted (or convicted) of anything. Everyone tried to remove him or remove his powers........based on what??? You don't remove someone or remove their sworn in powers until they are proven guilty.

    its beginning to look like it will turn out to be a bunch of nothing. Its looking like the trap was sprung too quickly ........makes a person wonder what would have happened or who would have gotten caught if the "crime" had been allowed to continue until the end.

    The Dems want him gone because he makes them look bad.......I have a feeling that this whole thing will either go away or alot of very high people will end up looking bad. Perhaps that is why it will probably just go away.

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Joyce E Neal

    It was sad that Mr. Burris allowed himself to be pulled into this mess. I guess he wanted to be a Senator. Oh well. I think that he should be seated, but if in the process of this investigation it is found that he had contact with the IL Gov, then he should be removed from his seat. I am not from IL, but I do wonder if he made some type of offer that the pre-investigation did not catch.

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Cherokee

    Love Huckabee, before you tell other people how to spell, I would think most college graduates would know it is "He had nothing to do (not due). !!!

    Shouldn't the law dictate whether Burris should be seated ? Or, do we make up the rules as we go ! Apparently so.

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Andy

    Polls are irrelevant when it comes to seating Burris. The law is what matters and Burris was legally appointed. The Senate, and Harry Reid in particular, can't just decide not to follow the law. And worse, to ask Burris to commit to one term in exchange for seating him is more pay to play politics as usual. Just what got the Illinois Governor in trouble in the first place. Seat Burris and be done with it. America voted for changing the way they play politics in Washington, so let's get on with it.

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Peggy from IA

    Since when does ANYONE in Washington care what the majority of Americans think?

    January 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. BigBear

    I have no idea where the pollsters come from, or what questions they ask to make their determinations, but they do the country a major disservice. There is nothing illegal in Bloggo appointing a successor to the Pres.-elect. In fact, it is the law that he do so.
    It is only those that enjoy flouting the law when it serves them, and demand the law be followed when the lawbreaker is a Republican. I am speaking specifically of Harry Reid, who wouldn't know honesty if it struck him in the head.
    These polls are telling the country things that cannot be morally true. No one wants somebody painted with tar if they did nothing wrong, as is the case for SENATOR Burriss. But the country believes them and slips further into immorality.

    January 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Ann from Illinois

    The only individuals who should have any wiegh-in on the Burris matter are Illinois citizens... My vote fro Barack Obama for Senate has become bastardized by Burris. He was never chosen by the poeple of Illinois for any other major political office for a reason – and he has not been elected for Senate now!

    January 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. naluca

    It renews my lack of faith in polls...

    January 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. J.P..

    Whether we like it or not, the U.S. Constitution, the Illinois Constitution and the law in general are not dependent upon a positive poll result from a CNN poll.

    So, who answered the poll? Lawyers, judges and Constitutional scholars alone? Or was it the mouthbreathign numbskulls who normally participate in CNN polls?

    This again, is proof of why giving the vote to every moron with a pulse was a bad idea and an idea of which our founders certainly were not in favor.

    January 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Ryan

    "hey kyle, thats true, there should be an age limit for these reps. aged, may be one reason why so many bad decisions are made, talking about experience. the average age for the senators is 63. However, the law is the law, and Burris should be seated."

    I am inclined to agree. Though I just want to say that I can't help but comment on how younger people who are legally old enough to hold office are not even considered because they don't have enough experience. I'm sorry, but look at all these so called seasoned and experienced politicians holding office. Now look at the state of our country and standing in the world and tell me where their so called "experience" has gotten us. I think it's time for the current generation to start leading. Because at this point, the generation of our fathers and grandfathers doesn't seem to know what they are doing. And quite frankly I fear that by the time they are through, there won't be much of an America left for my generation to live in.

    January 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Terry R. Jones

    The man should have been seated to prevent this media circus from occuring and to follow the law. Once Burris is seated in the senate he should be treated as if he is the "Invisible Man" I am quite sure he has read the book at his age..

    January 7, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. kent north carolina

    The majority of Americans also were in favor of violating international law and invading Iraq. The law is the law, he's the senator from Illinois regardless of what polls show.

    January 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. David

    He should not be seated until the Governor of Illinois is no longer in office.

    January 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Matt

    And let's not ignore that Feinstein is, again, proving she is an idiot. She argues that the Governor has the authority to appoint Burris. Correct. But she omits that the Sec. of the Senate does NOT have the authority to accept an appointment that is not signed by the Sec. of State. She can't have it both ways. The Dems are not acting out of bounds by refusing to seat him until there is a court order ordering White to sign his certificate. She's been playing rabble-rouser this week because she wants attention. Nothing more.

    January 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Noah

    Legally, ROland Burris should be seated as Illinois Senator. Blagojovich may be an arrogant nut, but he has not yet been indicted and has the right to choose Obama's successor. Whether Burris is qualified for the job is another question completely, but let's be honest, he has more qualifications than Obama had when he was elected Senator. I am amazed that the same Liberals who think Obama had the qualifications to be President are now saying Burris does not have the qualification to be a Senator. The hypocrisy of the Left continues

    January 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. jj

    Burris says he's not going to make a scene, HUH, WHAT DOES HE CALL WHAT HE IS DOING. Why is he pressing so hard, did he pay the governor something or promise him something on the side and not on the phone.?? If he's been in politics so long, why wasn't he ever voted to the US Senate or house??

    January 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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