Americans Split on Elena Kagan Supreme Court Nomination, Confirmation Likely

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 11, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Americans Split on Elena Kagan Supreme Court Nomination, Confirmation Likely

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 11
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — A new Rasmussen poll released today shows Americans are split on the nomination of pro-abortion Solicitor general Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. One-third support her, one-third oppose, while a final third remain unsure — but most Americans say Kagan will be confirmed.

In the first survey following Obama’s announcement of Kagan, the first nominee without judicial experience chosen in nearly 40 years, Americans are divided.

Some 33% say yes, 33% say no, and 34% are undecided, Rasmussen’s poll showed.

According to the pollster, that means Kagan has less support than pro-abortion nominee Sonia Sotomayor did at the time of her confirmation. By comparison, 45% favored Sotomayor’ confirmation in the first survey following her nomination. Twenty-nine percent (29%) were opposed, and 26% not sure.

The new survey show a predictable partisan split on Kagan.

"Fifty-four percent (54%) of Republicans oppose Kagan’s confirmation. Yet while the plurality (47%) of Democrats support her confirmation, a surprisingly high 38% of voters in the president’s party are not sure. Voters not affiliated with either party are closely divided over the question," Rasmussen notes.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters on Monday also found 82 percent of U.S. voters expect Obama’s newest nominee to be confirmed by the Senate. That includes 52% who say it is very likely she will be confirmed.

The telephone survey finds only five percent of voters say Kagan’s confirmation is not very or not at all likely. Another 12% are not sure.

Meanwhile, the Rasmussen survey indicates 45 percent of all voters have a favorable opinion of Kagan and 18% view her very favorably. Thirty-nine percent have an unfavorable view of the nominee, including 17% who say very unfavorable. Sixteen percent (16%) have no opinion of her.

"Forty-three percent of voters nationwide regard Kagan as a liberal, while 31% say she’s a moderate. Just three percent view her as conservative. Nearly one-in-four voters (24%) aren’t sure," Rasmussen indicated. "Those numbers may have more to do with perceptions of the president rather than an assessment of the nominee’s record. Before Kagan was selected, 45% believed that justices nominated by Obama would be too liberal, while 41% believed the nominees would be about right."

Thirty-nine percent of voters nationwide already believe the pro-abortion Supreme Court is too liberal and Kagan is strongly opposed by pro-life groups.

Related web sites:
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Facebook: Stop Kagan

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