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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 05/10/2010

The judicial experience factor

President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court misses the mark on one of the public's key criteria for nominees: she lacks judicial experience. A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in late April found seven in 10 said experience on the bench was a positive factor in considering a nominee to the high court, while just 5 percent viewed it as a factor against a nominee and about a quarter said it would make no difference.

And Obama's nomination of a woman is unlikely to make a difference in most Americans' views on the pick. In the poll, 81 percent said the nominee's gender was not a factor for them. See the public's take on other factors tested here.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:19 PM ET, 05/10/2010

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