Poll: Supreme Court seen as too liberal and political

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Michael Bastasch DCNF Managing Editor
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Public approval of the Supreme Court among both conservatives and independents slipped sharply following the court’s decision last week to uphold Obamacare by a narrow 5-4 vote.

A June 29-30 poll found that 28 percent of voters now say that the court is doing a poor job, up 11 points from a week earlier. Only 33 percent think the court is doing a good or excellent job, down 3 points from the week before.


Among conservative voters, 14 percent said the Supreme Court was doing a poor job a week ago; according to the new poll, 43 percent report that the court is doing poorly. A week ago, 35 percent of Democrats gave the court positive marks, but now 50 percent say the court if doing a good or excellent job.

Independent voters, who comprise a critical voting bloc every election year, reacted negatively to the court’s decision. The percentage of unaffiliated voters giving the court negative marks doubled from 14 percent to 30 percent, while the number of independents giving positive marks remained mostly unchanged.

An increasing amount of voters sees the justices as partisans following the Obamacare ruling, according to the poll. A separate survey conducted by Gallup also found that 64 percent of Americans believe politics played too great a role in the Obamacare ruling, and 80 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of independents and 47 percent of Democrats agreed with this sentiment.

Americans’ confidence in the court remains markedly lower than it was a decade ago, according to Gallup.

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