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. still searching for true equality in america

    but ann coulter said according to the constitution he has to be seated.. and i thought she knows everything.. lmao

    i could care less.. i am just foaming at the mouth to get a democrat in mel martinez's seat... 1 year and counting

    January 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. They pushed the envelope

    Thanks to the present administration,I dont think politics will ever be quite the same.They have awoken an angry electorate with a lynch mob mentality.The people of America want control of their country and the partisans of both parties better wakeup.

    January 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Mark

    It doesn't matter what the nation's majority thinks. He meets the criteria of being Illinois new Senator duly appointed by a Governor who has not been indited or convicted of a crime as of yet. So the legality of him sitting as the next Senator is correct. It's a shame that the institution that creates laws does not follow them.

    January 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Jimmy

    Nobody would have an issue if the Governor would order national guards to help during say a weather crisis if it hit Chicago and nobody had an issue with the Governor accepting the resignation of Emanuel. I certainly wish the Governor would have not appointed anybody so we could have avoided this mess but it is his right and nobody has had an issue with him performing his other duties as Governor so why are they able to pick and choose which responsibilities he should follow?

    January 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Adele

    Agreed that he should not be seated yet. The delay in signing the certificate is warranted even though some say it's an illegal action. The final outcome should be determined by the committe that is ultimately charged with resolving the issue.

    January 7, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. An Independent Hillary

    The majority is not always right. That is why we have laws and law makers.

    By the way, since when does the Secretary of State have more power than the Governor?

    January 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Irwin, Thousand Oaks, CA

    It's mind-boggling that so many Americans are willing to ignore proper procedures and the law just 'cause they don't like the governor (which I don't either). He has not been convicted of anything so he's entitled to this appointment plus Burris is obviously qualified. If you want a war with an important constituency by this silly pettiness keep up this refusal of a qualified public servant. The Congress' vigilance over its members should end at the appointee itself, and not extend to the appointer.

    January 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. kyle

    first of all there should be an age limit, com'on we dont old people to lead.

    January 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Butch Dillon

    Burris has been rejected repeatedly by the voters of Illinois. Why does this make him a reasonable replacement for Obama? The senate seat is well above his ability to fill. And why is Harry "the mormon" Reid negotiating with this perennial loser? Reid should exchange his daily attire for the clown suit he should be wearing. The dems have to get rid of this incompetent before his uselessness turns into damage creation.

    January 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Love Huckabee

    Democrat Emploding, please learn how to spell. It's imploding. Thanks God I have a college degree, and I don't rely on Rush and Shamity to get me news.

    I'm not a democrat, but the the way Cheney and Bush has handle most of the issues, I say I'd welcome Obama. All the drama has happen outside his camp. He had nothing to due with the Richardson, Burris, or Feinstein. This is egotisticism at its best.

    January 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. LT

    The 17th Amendment of the Constitution is clear. It's amazing that all of these lawyers are trying to slide around the law. Blago-hello no! Burris, YES!

    January 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Empty people voted for an empty suit

    Please keep up the good work Democrats, your reign will be short one as Bill Richardson being forced out has ticked off the Hispanics and you openly skirting the laws in not signing off on Burris is ticking of the African Americans so what would the party have left???

    Indoctrinated college students who when polled on election day didn't know who the Speaker of the house was or who William Ayers was, what a joke.

    The "selected one" has not even taken ofice and the party is imploding.

    I like many in this country that did not vote for uh, uh, uh Obama, STILL WANT HIM TO SUCCEED, but you trolls NEED TO STOP running to the blogs when a DEMOCRAT or REPUBLICAN point out his brutal mistakes as in Eric Holder, Bill Richardson, Panetta and the outright LIE that he said about nobody in his staff being in contact with the Governor.

    WE want him to succeed, but have some rational thought people.

    Where has Rahm been lately?????

    January 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Becky

    Read CNN's Roland Martin's article today "Commentary: Deal with it; Burris is a senator".

    Do I like Blagojevich? No. I think he should have resigned. But he didn't and he's still governor, and it would be unlawful, as Martin points out, to tell Blagojevich to do only some but not all of his job as governor.

    January 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Bill Lewisville, TX

    I guess it should hardly surprise us that Democrats don't want to follow the Constitution. Otherwise, gun control advocates would not exist.

    January 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Alan Shulman

    I am amazed that so many poll answerers think Burriss should not be seated. Gov. Blagoyevich has not been convicted of an crime, has not been tried, nor has any grand jury found probable cause. He DOES have the constitutional right to do what he did. On what basis can Mr. Burriss be denied what has been an entirely lawful procedure? I think the Democrats are shooting themselves in their feet by making such a fuss over this when there are so many more important matters to address.

    January 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Liane

    Rachel January 7th, 2009 11:45 am ET

    "Are the Repo's so afraid of one seat in the Senate. "

    Why are you blaming this on Republicans? They are not the ones standing in the way...it the Democratic Majority Leader and other Democrats.

    Nice attempt to spin this around into a false accusation and create time-wasting chaos, but not all of us are lemmings.

    BTW – I'm a registered democratic. We need to fix our own mess to pave the way for Obama, he's got a tough road ahead.

    January 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Tyler

    Now this is the Democratic infighting I've missed!

    January 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. bsmith171

    i guess the fear of black demonstrations was greater than any polls would indicate.

    the problem REID can't READ. and DURBIN reading to him is a concern.

    January 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Alan

    scott January 7th, 2009 11:40 am ET

    "Wow!!!! One political scandel after another and Obama isn't even in office. This is a disaster in the making. Well, we reap what we sow and now we are getting it. So far the Dems have made Bush look like Lincoln. lol….Its going to be a rough four years."

    Hint, Scott: watch something besides Faux News and listen to something besides Rush and you'll find the facts indicate NONE of the "one political scandal after another" you mention is directly related to or caused by or even reflects upon Barack Obama.

    Then...while you have your head out of the gutter, go back through these eight "wonderful" Bush years. We'll be counting the scandals we don't even know exist yet for DECADES.

    Buck up. Majority rules and you were overruled. Get used to it. Your party is right now about as dead as a political party could be.

    January 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Virgil Flener

    Special election is the ONLY way at this point to ensure the real desires of the people of Illinois are served. The continued efforts of Burris ONLY serve the intrests of Blagojevich. NO ONE ELSE. he only pushed the appointment to take the heat off himself. If Burris is allowed in it his (Blagojevich's) victory and a point on his side.

    January 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Mike in Oahu

    A majority of emotional opinions say he should not be seated.

    A singular 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution says he must be seated.

    Guess who wins in the end?

    So much useless drama.

    January 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Tia

    kyle January 7th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

    "first of all there should be an age limit, com'on we dont old people to lead."

    Kyle, your comment is very discriminatory and shows and incredible lack of intellegence. We can all learn from those with experience such as our PE who is surrending himself with very experienced individuals who are not young.

    January 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Thomas

    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Burris looks like a stand up guy who would do very well in the Senate.
    Also you would think they have better things to do then this.

    January 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. janet, ohio

    This man is so stupid to have allowed Blago to make a fool of him. Who has egg on their face? Burris!!!
    Blago is sitting at home watching the whole thing, laughing his butt off, while Burris is in front of the cameras looking like an idiot.

    January 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. City Slicker

    Did anyone say why Burris is not a favorite. Just because he was picked by Blago (who by the way still has right to do so) does not mean he is not suitable. Did they impeach Bush for the wars in Iraq – No. Did they impeach Blago for gambling the senate seat – No. So what's the freakn problem? Hmmmm, something wrong with this picture? Maybe it's too colorful.

    January 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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