As the full Senate prepares to vote on Elena Kagan’s nomination for the Supreme Court, a new poll has found that lawmakers from swing states may be punished during the upcoming midterm elections for their support of the controversial jurist.
Judicial Crisis Network released results last week of a series of surveys that showed that voters in Arkansas, Wisconsin and Nebraska are significantly opposed to President Obama’s nominee. The polls also revealed that this disapproval may affect the way they vote this November.
For example, respondents in Arkansas were asked how they would vote if Senator Blanche Lincoln, a conservative Democrat, supported Kagan, and nearly 50 percent said they would be less likely to reelect her. Only 22 percent expressed the opposite view.
“Senators need to understand that their constituents equate a vote for Elena Kagan as support for all of Obama’s radical liberal agenda,” said Gary Marx, executive director of The Judicial Crisis Network.
Meanwhile, Carrie Severino, the organization’s policy director, stressed that the polls showed that the more potential voters learn about Kagan’s experience and her actions vis-a-vis military recruiters at Harvard Law School, the more opposed they are to her ascension to the nation’s highest court.