June 25th, 2010
08:30 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: Support for Kagan confirmation drops

Support for Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court has dropped 10 points since May, according to a new national poll.
Support for Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court has dropped 10 points since May, according to a new national poll.

Washington (CNN) - Support for Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court has dropped 10 points since May, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that most of that support has gone into the "undecided" column rather than turning into outright opposition. The poll's Friday release comes three days before the start of Kagan's confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Forty-four percent of people questioned say they want the Senate to confirm Kagan for the high court, down ten points from a CNN survey conducted shortly after President Barack Obama nominated Kagan in May. But opposition to her confirmation has only grown by three points. The number who are unsure how they feel about Kagan has grown from 11 percent in May to 17 percent now.

Full results (PDF)

"Opinion on Kagan has changed the most among women and Democrats, with the number of undecideds in both groups increasing by double digits," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That finding suggests that early views on Kagan were formed by who she is and who nominated her - women liked the idea of another woman on the Court, and Democrats supported Obama's choice simply because he made it. But after that first impression began to fade, some Americans looked for information on her views and have been unable to find it."

According to the survey, more than six in ten Americans say Kagan's confirmation hearings will turn into a partisan food fight, with just 37 percent of the public saying the hearings will be a relatively easy process in which Republicans and Democrats come to an agreement.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Wednesday June 16, with 534 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN Polls • Elena Kagan • Popular Posts • Supreme Court
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. JP

    The far left agenda which is devoid of any financial realty will destroy the country. Kagen is just another of Obama's left wing losers who will help take us down.

    June 25, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Chipster

    How can anyone support or oppose Kagan since we know so little about her judicial/constitutional views? Most of us should remain undecided until we have the opportunity to hear her responses to questioning during the confirmation procedings.

    June 25, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. New Age Independant

    The more I learn about Kagan, the more I believe she's a political activist. This is not the kind of person we want serving on our highest court. The problem is CNN does a horrible job of actually reporting the news on this individual and I'm forced to search other articles that CNN wont carry. CNN's agenda to support only Democrats is making them an irrelevant news source.

    June 25, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Chas

    Really! With everything else going on in this country go back to the original polls. People have already forgotten her name and what she's been nominated for. CNN – poll the real issues in this country no "old" news!

    June 25, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. G

    I'm sure she is an nice woman but she is NOT qualified. Obama is doing the same stupid thing that Bush tried to do when he tried to appoint that inexperienced person 5 years ago (can't even remember her name, lol). Why can't President Obama stop being political and appoint a moderate judge who is qualified to be on the Supreme Court? Why all the games? This pathetic.

    June 25, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. avi shlomo

    Welcome to AIPAC court

    June 25, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. RAG

    The confirmation of a Presidential Appointment should be based on competence only. She is more than competent. Any Republican showmanship on this appointment will just further expose the moral toilet that the Republican Party has become.

    June 25, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Another day, another fake poll by CNN

    Note too how the article focuses on how "only" 44% want her confirmed but fails to note that only 39% do not want her confirmed.

    CNN wants you the guillable to believe people hate her when in fact, she has more supporters than detractors.

    June 25, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Give me one GOOD reason why this woman should not be confirmed. I'm waiting...

    June 25, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. michael tampa

    Enough of the daily polls already CNN, why don't you poll how all of your readers/viewers rate your news reporting?

    I am no longer a fan of this network and fact most news organizations. You have all turned into talking heads, you don't deliver news, you deliver comentaries.

    Get this I DONT NEED YOU TO TELL ME WHAT TO THINK!

    Just report the facts or shut up!

    June 25, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. NVa Native

    Why would polling people who are so easily swayed by media talking heads like fox or cnn and hate radio mean anything?
    The public is so manipulated by fox propoganda and lazy journalists (corporate news hacks like cnn, abc, cbs, nbc) that their opinons change everyday like the wind. So few even read/watch two or more sources for information.
    We are a sad lot with a short memory, so we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. So here come the GOPers back to power – what a nasty prospect.

    June 25, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Gerard florida

    Who cares what the stupid people of this country think..I feel like I was born in a counrty of idiots who let polls tell them how to think, vote and feel. My God, how did we as a country get to be so stupid!

    June 25, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. pkb

    This is all Republican propaganda and has no basis in fact. What garbage from CNN!

    June 25, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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