A growing number of American voters believe that the Senate should not confirm Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan following the hearings that are scheduled to commence this week, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.
The poll found that 42 percent of Americans now oppose Kagan’s confirmation—up nine points from the last survey conducted the week after President Obama nominated her for the seat. Of the more than 1,000 registered voters polled, a total of 35 percent support Kagan’s nomination, while 23 percent remain undecided.
However, the vast majority of those surveyed feel the Senate hearings will be no more than a formality, as 84 percent believe she will be confirmed.
Meanwhile, with only a handful of days remaining before the final vote on her confirmation will take place, Republican leaders are making their final push to discredit Kagan—a nominee that they feel has very little practical, real-world legal experience.
Ms. Kagan "has less legal experience than any judge in the last 50 years…and most of her work has been political work," Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said in a recent interview with Fox News.
In fact, Kagan admitted that the majority of her work with the Clinton administration was of a political nature.
"Most of the time I spent in the White House, I did not serve as an attorney; I was instead a policy adviser," she said during a 2007 speech at West Point, quoted by The New York Times.