Poll Shows Plurality Oppose Elena Kagan But Most Expect Senate to Confirm Her
by Steven Ertelt
July 1, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new Rasmussen Reports poll released today shows a plurality of Americans oppose the nomination of pro-abortion activist Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, but it also reveals a large majority of Americans believe the Senate will confirm her to replace pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens.
The survey of likely voters shows that the plurality (42%) still opposes Kagans confirmation to the Supreme Court while just 36 percent support her.
A whopping 22 percent of Americans are still undecided — perhaps because the confirmation process hasn’t been portrayed in the media as contentious despite revelations that Kagan pressured two medical groups to change their views on partial-birth abortions.
Whether they want to see it happen or not, most voters continue to see Kagans nomination as inevitable as 87 percent say its at least somewhat likely Kagan will be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
That number in the Rasmussen poll includes 59% who say its very likely, the highest result yet in any of its prior surveys on Kagan.
"Voters support for Kagans confirmation has changed little over the month of June, falling into a range of 33% to 36%. Meanwhile, the number of voters who are opposed to her confirmation has ranged from 41% to 42% during the same period," Rasmussen notes.
While 62% of Democrats favor Kagans nomination, nearly the same number of Republicans (65%) oppose it. Voters not affiliated with either major political party are more evenly divided, but the plurality (49%) opposes.
According to Rasmussen, 41% view Kagan favorably, while slightly more (46%) view her unfavorably. Those numbers include 16% who view her Very Favorably and 25% who view her Very Unfavorably, her highest negative rating so far.
Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters now view Kagan as politically liberal, the highest level measured since her nomination. Thirty-one percent (31%) see her as moderate and only 1% sees her as conservative. Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure about Kagans ideology.
Pro-life groups have described Elena Kagan as the stereotypical judicial activist and abortion advocate.
She clerked for pro-abortion Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she lauded, and her writings dating back to her college days are filled with accolades for judges who took the law into their hands and twisted it for a desired outcome rather than relying on the people through their elected officials.
Kagan helped Bill Clinton defend his veto of a partial-birth abortion ban — the gruesome abortion procedure when a baby is birthed halfway and then jabbed in the head with medical scissors, killing him or her. She helped Clinton find political cover for his decision to keep those abortions legal.
Kagan went as far as advocating that the Clinton administration not only ignore but manipulate the opinion of a national medical group that said there was never any medical justification for killing unborn children halfway out of the birth canal.
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