By Jeremy Herb - 02/20/13 03:53 PM EST
In Pew’s January poll, more respondents had a favorable opinion: 18 percent compared to 17 percent unfavorable.
Hagel’s nomination has faced substantial criticism from Republicans and conservative groups, and Republicans led a filibuster of his nomination last week. They said they were only delaying it until the Senate returns from recess next week so senators have more time to look at his record.
Among Republican respondents, Hagel was disliked by more than a 2-to-1 ratio, as 36 percent had unfavorable views compared to 15 percent favorable. Hagel’s favorability rating was 15-26 in January.
Democrats had a favorable view of the president’s Defense secretary nominee — who is a Republican — by a 31-23 margin.