Americans aren’t impressed with US Supreme Court

July 9, 2014
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A recent national phone survey has found that a little more than a quarter of likely U.S. voters think the Supreme Court of the United States is doing a good or excellent job. The same amount rated the justices’ performance as poor.

The Rasmussen Report’s findings aren’t anything new, the organization says, noting that the figures are consistent with findings from the past year. Those polled by Rasmussen Reports have typically given low marks to the high court – the last time good or excellent marks for the justices were above 40 percent was in October 2009.  

A third of those recently polled say the high court is too liberal; 30 percent claim it’s too conservative.

Rasmussen Reports chalks up the low approval rates to the belief by many that the justices base their decisions on their own political agenda rather than the law.

Other highlights from the mid-June survey:

•    Republicans are the most critical of the court’s performance.
•    Women and middle-aged adults have the most positive opinion of the court.
•    Almost half of those polled believe it is fair for a U.S. senator to oppose a Supreme Court nominee because of political ideology or judicial philosophy.
•    Only 33 percent of those polled believe most judges in their rulings follow the letter of the law.

You can view more data from the report at Rasmussen Report’s website.

These surveys asking people about the U.S. justices sound like a broken record. Last year, Reader’s Digest released a list of the “100 Most Trusted People in America” and TV Judge Judith Sheindlin, aka Judge Judy, was more trusted than all of the U.S. justices.  A 2012 Gallup poll said a majority of Republicans think the court is too liberal and more than a third of Democrats saw the court as too conservative.

As many surveys point out, people’s opinions can be swayed by the rulings issued by the justices, as was the case in 2012 with the health care rulings.


 

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  • hmm
    Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

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