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. JT

    As a moderate conservative who voted for Obama, I feel this pick is way to far to the left. A pick like this is not about uniting the conservative and liberal states, its about pushing the liberal agenda as far as you can.

    June 25, 2010 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Thanks to the party of NO for so so many reasons since 2008!
    You are a bunch of whining little girls.

    June 25, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  3. ramtruck2500

    Of course they are dropping everything is dropping and the sky is falling!!! There's no reason she cant be a justice. The only quasi reason is the party of NO and all theior lies!! Just like all that lamenting from jyndahl in LA about no federal troops coming into help. turns out he decided not to call any up, just sit and complain. this is pretty much the same yes I bet she has a personal side just like me, and dare I say the whiney teabaggers as well. lets stick to real points and not 'NO" crap!

    June 25, 2010 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  4. Pkm

    Im a dem but if she does not like the military plus own a gun she is to far left for me

    June 25, 2010 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  5. Steve in CT

    Are her numbers dropping at about the same rate as Obama's? This could just be reflecting citizens loosing faith in his decision making and thus are a little leary of her as one of his decisions. It's becoming more obvious he was a mistake and her poll numbers dropping may just be a reflection of that.

    June 25, 2010 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  6. Justen in Florida

    Well, at least they are trying to make her look like a girl now.

    June 25, 2010 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  7. GI Joe

    I think we need to get rid of the ones that voted to give corporations even more $$$$ control over our elected officials. It's been bad enough in the past.

    The people that work for a mediocre living no longer have a voice.

    Get rid of the big-business-loving GOP.

    June 25, 2010 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  8. TCM

    of course it'll drop, she's from the loony left...anti-American OBama camp...the majority of the country doesn't want her, the same way they distrust and do not want OBama.

    June 25, 2010 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Let the Senators decide if she is a person to sit on the bench. You can always call into your senator and voice your opinion. I can't wait for the hearings to start and for the sentators to confirm her.

    June 25, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. Steve

    A poll of the American people on support for a Supreme Court nominee...really?!?? How well-informed were the respondents on her qualifications for the court. Come on...

    June 25, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. johnnyhouse

    if you support more giveaways and less support for our border laws, instant amnesty, for millions of instant voters from South of the border then she will fit right in.We can get on with destroying the country with Liberalism and from the ashes we rebuild again to a great country where Liberals take over again and repeat the cycle.

    June 25, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. DENNA

    Go ahead and confirm her. From all I heard and read, she seems to be a good fit. I like the no nonsense approach I've seen in the writing that have been released to the public.
    We need to get someone in place who at least appears to have a good head on her shoulders. Previous writings, etc. don't necessarily indicate how a judge will vote on certain issues. It seems to me that a few judges picked by Republican presidents actually turned out to be quite liberal.

    June 25, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Brian in Maine

    The reality is there should be an "I don't know" response to those polls. How many people have been following this? What has she done or said to lose support?

    June 25, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. drednm

    and this poll means what? EXACTLY NOTHING....

    June 25, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. Send Her Home

    We don't need another inexperienced mouthy judge on the high court.

    June 25, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  16. J, Columbus, OH

    I bet the Republicans will fight her regardless of her views or what she has to say, simply because she is an Obama nominee. Politics in this country are so broken right now it is ridiculous. Republicans oppose anything, including measures they previously supported. Democrats have no backbone to fight for their agenda. Mediocrity on both sides.

    June 25, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. Bob(Illinois)

    Yet another meaningless poll of the unformed public. What a waste of time and resources!

    June 25, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Eric, El Paso, TX

    Let's face it, she AIN'T qualified.

    June 25, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. Dean

    We don't need an academic on the bench. We need a proven fair judge who will follow the constitution and not interpret laws based on circumstances.

    June 25, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Ben

    Why would anyone in their right mind support this woman?

    June 25, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. stevegee

    Of course support for Kagan is dropping ... her true colors are showing that she's a far-left liberal with no bench experience who would rule based on politics rather than the U.S. Constitution.

    Wake up people! Obama and the Democrats are trying to "change" our country into a socialist nightmare. In November 2010, vote American, vote Republican!

    June 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I wouldnt trust anyone with a crap eating grin like that .

    June 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Darko

    Amazing what happens when there is a little time for people to get past the msn blitz of cover stories trying to portray her as a model of objectivity.

    She may be a successful administrator (she could probably be in Barry's cabinet because he's sorely lacking in that dept) but she's definitely not shown the characteristics of a good judge.

    She's a pure ideologue, just like our President and you can't paint it any clearer than that.

    June 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. doug

    the NRA is not as evil as the 3rd most power Democrat in our nations group the KKK are.

    Robert Byrd was a klan member, I wonder how he will be voting on the ultra lib Kagen? Probably yes, Kagen is a great society lib, like Obama.

    June 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. JES

    As it should when people find out more about who she.

    June 25, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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