Supreme Court Approval Rating Drops To New Lows Following ‘Roe’ Decision
The Supreme Court’s approval rating has fallen to record lows a hundred days after the decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and allowed for individual states to vote on laws regarding abortion.
A Thursday Gallup poll revealed that under half of Americans, 47% to be exact, have a “fair amount” of trust in the high court. Two years ago, that metric was around 20% higher.
What is perhaps one of the biggest accomplishments of Former President Donald Trump‘s presidency, seating three of his nominees in Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, serves as one of the largest reasons for Democrats’ loss in trust of the judicial branch.
A year ago, 50% of Democrats said they had trust in the Supreme Court. Today, that number is cut in half to 25%, with many saying the conservatives driving decisions of the court have led to more mistrust.
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“The court shouldn’t be wandering around just inserting itself into every hot-button issue in America, and especially it shouldn’t be doing that in a way that reflects one ideology or one set of political views over another,” Justice Elena Kagan said, addressing growing mistrust in the institution after Roe during an appearance at Salve Regina University last month. “The thing that builds up reservoirs of public confidence is the court acting like a court and not acting like an extension of the political process.”
Chief Justice John Roberts has also publicly responded to concern over the legitimacy of the court.
“Obviously, people can say what they want, and they are certainly free to criticize the Supreme Court,” he said. “And if they want to say the legitimacy is in question, they are free to do so. But I don’t understand the connection between opinions people disagree with and the legitimacy of the court.”
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