Poll: Hagel support divided on party lines

Support for Hagel ran down party lines.

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.