SCOTUS’ Popularity Takes a Hit After Failing to Live up to Expectations

SCOTUS’ Popularity Takes a Hit After Failing to Live up to Expectations

( – Much is made of the political affiliations of Supreme Court justices; those appointed by Republican presidents are generally considered conservative judges, while Democratic appointments are seen as liberals. However, since appointments to the Supreme Court are for life, judges are not bound by this alignment to make important decisions. They don’t have to answer to voters as politicians do. Though, that’s not to say that the public doesn’t have opinions about the occupants of the nation’s highest court.

On Wednesday, July 28, Gallup released a new poll showing that SCOTUS’ approval rating among Americans was 49%, its lowest level since 2017.

Despite the 6-3 conservative majority on the bench, there was virtually no difference between approval ratings among Democrats and Republicans. The poll revealed 51% of respondents from both groups said they supported the court’s recent actions. Analysts say this reflects the fact the court has alternately disappointed both liberals and conservatives of late. There’s also been speculation that some conservatives would have preferred to see a more pronounced rightward shift in judgments given the six Republican appointees on the bench.

That could all change after the next SCOTUS term, which will contain landmark cases relating to abortion and the Second Amendment. The court may also end up considering a legal matter related to affirmative action.

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