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“Increasingly Unfavorable Opinion” of Kagan

According to Rasmussen Reports, “Voters have an increasingly unfavorable opinion of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan but are more convinced than ever that she will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.”  By a margin of 47% to 41%, voters hold an unfavorable rather than a favorable view of Kagan.  That reflects a continuing decline for Kagan:  Only 39% held an unfavorable view of her when her nomination was announced, and the figure was 43% a week ago. 

Kagan’s numbers are also markedly worse—around 16 points—than Sonia Sotomayor’s at a comparable point:  Sotomayor “maintained favorables around 50% through the first three surveys following her selection, with unfavorables falling to 40%.”

Voters also oppose Kagan’s confirmation by a 3-point margin, 39% to 36%.  That’s also a decline, as previous surveys had voters tied.

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