August 3rd, 2010
06:00 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN Poll: 54 percent say confirm Kagan

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans want the Senate to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, according to a new poll. But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey also indicates that there is a large partisan divide over Kagan's nomination.

Fifty-four percent of people questioned say they would like to see senators vote in favor of Kagan serving on the high court, with 34 percent opposed.

Full results (pdf)

"That gives Kagan virtually the same amount of support that the public gave the two most recent Supreme Court nominees - Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel Alito - just days before they were confirmed by the Senate," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The survey's Tuesday release comes as the full Senate is scheduled to begin deliberations on Kagan's nomination.

According to the poll, more than three quarters of Democrats say Kagan should be confirmed by lawmakers, with half of Republicans opposed to the confirmation. Forty-eight percent of independents favor Senate confirmation of Kagan, with four in ten opposed.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 16-21, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

-CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN Polls • Elena Kagan • Polls • Supreme Court
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. southern cousin

    More than that opposed Obozocare, so what does this mean? The corrupt, inept, union toady president and the immoral, unethical congress only follow the desires of the drug addicts and union bosses im making their decisions on what pain to inflict on the the taxpayers. The desires of hard working taxpayers don't make any difference to them.

    August 3, 2010 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She knows the law. There is no requirement for anyone on the Court to have any judicial background or even a law degree. She has shown herself smart and well recommended from both sides of the isle.

    August 3, 2010 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  3. Willy Brown

    Another democrat poll in favor. How Shocking!

    August 3, 2010 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Why not. Let's keep the balance. I may seem to always post conservative but I understand that we need the liberal folks to keep conservatives from going over the top and conservatives to keep liberals in check as well. Funny how we dislike but need each others views.

    August 3, 2010 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Just do it.
    Confirm her.

    August 3, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |