As the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearings in the fall of 2022, public confidence in the courts is at a historic low.
Only 47% of US adults have “extremely” or “extremely” trust in the Supreme Court. This is “down 20 percentage points from two years ago, including seven points from last year.” Gallup survey.
Additionally, the poll found that “40% of Americans say they approve of the work the Supreme Court is doing, compared to a record 58% who disapprove.”
Survey data shows that the decline in trust is largely due to a sharp drop in Democratic support. Last September, his 50% of Democrats had “a great or considerable amount of faith in the courts.” That number has halved this year.
The latest data follow a summer in which judges handed down controversial decisions in a number of cases, including one that overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The other involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), effectively reversing the powers of the federal executive branch. A case that ruled in favor of a high school football coach who led his players to prayer at the 50-yard line after the game.
“The court has been criticized for a series of final-term rulings that have followed a conservative policy trajectory, including abortion, environmental policy, gun laws, and separation of church and state,” Gallup said.
Gallup says abortion is a major issue undermining public confidence in the Supreme Court, with approvals dropping 9 percentage points in less than three months last summer after the court allowed Texas abortion laws to move forward. and only 43% approved. Hobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Supreme Court approval is strongly correlated with political party. Currently, Republican courts have her 60% approval rating, while Democrats have just 23%.
For reference, in 2015, only 18% of Republicans supported the Supreme Court, compared to 76% of Democrats.
When describing the Supreme Court’s ideology, a recent poll found that 71 percent of Democrats said the Court was “too conservative,” while 58 percent of Republicans said it was “almost right.” I’m here.
Gallup notes that the Supreme Court has seen its approval ratings dip into the low 40s the last three times (2005, 2013 and 2016).
The court’s fall sessions are piling up with more controversial lawsuits on issues including affirmative action, LGBT rights, and election law.