Washington (CNN) - A plurality of Americans supports President Barack Obama's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to recent polling.
The Nebraska Republican's nomination has been met with reservations from some senators from both parties, and even outright opposition, over past positions Hagel has taken on Israel, Iran and the war in Iraq.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted January 14-15 and released two weeks ago, 48% of the public said the Senate should confirm Hagel, with 22% saying no and three in ten unsure.
Thursday Hagel testifies in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is holding a hearing on his confirmation.
The CNN poll indicated a partisan divide, with nearly two-thirds of Democrats saying Hagel should be confirmed. That number drops to 44% among independents and 32% among Republicans.
The CNN poll is in line with an ABC News/Washington Post poll that was conducted a few days earlier.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
Republicans have no sound reason for not confirming one of their own as Secretary of Defense. They claim it is because Hagel is "too soft" (i.e. he won't declare war tomorrow) on Iran, or because he doesn't take marching orders from Israel (or something). Face it, once again the Republicans are playing the obstruction card. They are simply hoping they can keep the President of the United States from accomplishing anything. They have set a record for the number of filibusters and "secret" hold- keeping the President's cabinet understaffed, and more that 120 federal judgeships open.
They the twits have the gaul to complain about laws going unenforced.
Republicans: what is wrong with America!
Mr. Hagel will put the best interest of America and our soldiers first. He is a reminder of what the republican party used to be.
Hagel is more than qualified to be Sec Def. His views on Israel are irrelevant and are just a political tool the Republicans are using to annoy Obama. If Hagel were nominated to be Sec State, then there might be an issue. But he isn't and there isn't. The Republicans should stop grandstanding and get this over with. They are wasting our time and money.
The chicken hawks could not carry his jockstrap, but will vote against him and our country. If Romney had won, they woul have voted for Ollie North without any hesitation.
Once confirmed, the first he should do is order McCain to be drafted and sent to some military base in the middle of nowhere.
This man is courageous to serve his country in the most trenched war and courageous enough to speak his mind with out any external influence and strains of a political force. Senator Hagel is a rational man a deserving American deserve to serve again as a Secretary of Defense with out theatrics and showmanship from McCain and the tea party crowd. We will benefit from the confirmation hearing a discussion based on the maters for the country about the future of our military activities and the ministry of defense role in the future of America.
It's really hard, if not impossible, to embarrass Draft Dodging Neo-Cons.
Good Lord, when will these people get down to governing instead of obstructing?
Hagel, while not perfect, is a better choice than most. I am a conservative republican and I do support Hagel, mainly because he represents a more conservative foreign policy that the mainstream republican party abandoned under neocon Bush. Hagel, did in fact vote for the Patriot act...which is disappointing, but he advocates a less interventionist foreign policy that reminds me of Ron Paul's position on the issue. And Paul is a real conservative...because after all, wars and military adventurism around the world is just another big goverment spending program...something that most republicans can seem to understand or admit.
But Obama and the supposed Dems get no pass either as they have engaged in expanded unauthorixed warfare as well, they just pretend to be antiwar better, whereas the republicans have completely changed into warmongers..openly. War is a plague on mankind..the sooner we eradicate it..the better.
Although Hagel is a good pick, I predict he will carry out Obama's foreign policy regardless of his personal feelings. I suspect this is just a strategic move by Obama, but Hagel is better than most, so it will be interesting to see how things go with him as Sec of Def....
The GOP has to go after at least one of Obama's choices so it's funny that the one they picked was a Republican. Susan Rice ws not available and too many but 3 liked John Kerry.
It's funny how the GOP denegrates veterans every chance they get, especially when the Neo-Con crowd is usually the ultimate draft-dodgers.
If a plurality of Americans agree Hagel should be confirmed, it's a sure bet that our la la land GOPers will obstruct his nomination.
Hagel has a good understanding of the military based on his time in the Senate and serving in the Army. What should be asked is his definition of bloat. I am sure that there is plenty there at the Penatagon, but what is one man's bloat is another's necessary project.