[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/15/art.kagan.0510h.gi.jpg caption ="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.
"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