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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A majority of Americans now think the Senate should confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court justice according to a new national poll released Wednesday, as the full Senate debates the judge's nomination to the high court.
Fifty-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say the Senate should confirm Sotomayor, with 36 percent opposed. The 51 percent who back Sotomayor is up four points from a poll in June.
The poll suggests the rise in support is coming from women.
"Among men, there has been virtually no change in attitudes toward Sotomayor. Among women, however, support for Sotomayor's nomination appears on the rise - from 47 percent in June to 55 percent now," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The poll also indicates a wide partisan divide over President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, with nearly three out of four Democrats saying that Sotomayor should be confirmed.
"Not surprisingly, there is a big partisan split on Sotomayor's nomination, with only a quarter of Republicans supporting her," adds Holland
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation telephone poll of 1,136 Americans was conducted Friday through Monday, 7/31-8/3. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report