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40% Approve of Kagan: Poll

Gallup finds numbers similar to Alito, Miers
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 8:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Forty percent of Americans think Elena Kagan was an "excellent" or "good" choice for the Supreme Court, while 14% rate President Obama's choice of nominee "poor," according to a new Gallup poll. That puts Kagan's initial approval numbers in line with those for Bush nominees Samuel Alito and Harriet Miers, but lower than Sonia Sotomayor and John Roberts.

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Kagan stood apart from other recent Court nominees in only one way: A record 24% said they had no opinion about her either way. Unsurprisingly, Democrats were far more favorable (63%) toward Kagan than Republicans (18%). Some 35% of Independents approved of the choice, while 10% rated it poor. In contrast to Sonia Sotomayor, who polled better among women than men, no gender difference showed up in Kagan's approval numbers.
(Read more Gallup poll stories.)

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