June 25th, 2010
03:35 PM ET

Why is support declining for Kagan to be Supreme Court justice?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings to be the nation's next Supreme Cort justice begin next Monday. But the number of people who think she belongs on the high court is declining.

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A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 44 percent of Americans want the Senate to confirm Kagan which is down 10 points since may.

39 percent oppose Kagan's confirmation - that's up three points.

And 17 percent now say they're unsure or undecided... up from 11 percent in May.

Not surprising since people probably don't know a whole lot about Kagan.

Opinion on her has changed the most among women and Democrats. These are people who initially supported the nomination because Kagan is a woman or because Mr. Obama chose her; but now that they're getting some information on her views - they're not so sure.

It will be interesting to see how much information the senators can get out of Kagan... with lawmakers complaining in recent years how difficult it is to get substantive answers out of nominees.

15 years ago - Kagan herself complained about Senate confirmation hearings... calling them a "hollow charade" and a "ritual dance."

One issue that will likely dominate the hearings is Kagan's banning of military recruiters from Harvard law school due to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Another hot topic could be Kagan's lack of judicial experience - she has none.

Meanwhile - a group of nearly 900 orthodox rabbis are opposed to Kagan's nomination. they say she is "not kosher" and unfit to serve on the high court. The rabbis take issue with Kagan's views on homosexuality and abortion.

Here’s my question to you: Why has support been declining for Elena Kagan to be the next Supreme Court justice?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Elena Kagan • Supreme Court
June 25th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Would you vote for or against candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While Sarah Palin has been helping rack up primary wins for Republican candidates - it looks like she may be the kiss of death in a general election.
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A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll shows a majority of Americans would respond negatively if they knew Palin backed a candidate.

37 percent of those surveyed say they would be "very uncomfortable" about a candidate endorsed by the former Alaska governor, while 15 percent say they would have "some reservations."

Only 25 percent say they would be "comfortable" or "enthusiastic" about Palin's support.

What's more - this poll finds there are only two attributes that a candidate could have that would be worse than a Sarah Palin endorsement. They are: support for Bush's economic policies - and support for getting rid of various federal agencies and Social Security.

In other words, this poll seems to confirm the conventional wisdom about Palin: She's a hugely divisive politician. The base loves her... but, the rest of the country? Well, not so much.

Republicans seemingly can't get enough of her. Almost every candidate Palin has supported in the Republican primaries this season has won; she's especially credited with helping long shot Nikki Haley win the Republican primary for South Carolina governor.

But the rest of Americans aren't buying what she's selling. Of course, if you look closely, what she's selling is Sarah Palin.

A recent CNN poll shows nearly 70 percent of Americans say Sarah Palin is unqualified to be president.

And while Palin is popular in the South and in rural areas, her unfavorable rating is about 60 percent among women, suburbanites, independents and in the west and north east.

Here’s my question to you: Would you vote for or against a candidate who was endorsed by Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Republicans • Sarah Palin