Poll: Hagel support divided on party lines

Support for Hagel ran down party lines.

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Among Democrats, 61 percent were in favor of Hagel, with just 12 percent opposed. Republicans, meanwhile, are more opposed to Hagel 35 to 28 percent .

Independents also show support for Hagel, with 40 percent backing him and 28 percent opposed.

Hagel has come under fire from pro-Israel groups and others for past statements and positions on Israel, Iran and gay rights.

The poll was conducted Jan. 10-13 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.