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Public opinion of the Supreme Court has dropped to its lowest in nine years, according to Rasmussen. Those who believe SCOTUS’ performance is ‘poor’ now outclip those who think it is ‘good or excellent’ by 30-28.
Rasmussen provided a polling overview:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or an excellent job. At the same time, 30% rate its performance as poor. That’s the highest-ever poor rating. It’s also the first time ever that the poor ratings have topped the positive assessments. Thirty-nine percent (39%) give the court middling reviews and rate its performance as fair. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
These numbers are even weaker than the numbers recorded following the Supreme Court ruling upholding the president’s health care law last year.
SCOTUS has been on a downhill slide in public opinion since four years ago, when it enjoyed 48% approval of the court as doing a ‘good or excellent job.’ The drop is most dramatic among conservatives and moderates:
Looking back over the past four years, the changes have been remarkable. Following the 2009 court session, 48% of conservatives gave the court good marks. So did 51% of moderates and 46% of liberals. Since then, approval among conservatives has fallen by 32 points to 16%. Positive reviews among moderates has fallen 21 points to 30%. However, the numbers among liberals are unchanged.
This Supreme Court term has ruled on a number of important or landmark cases since the “ObamaCare” ruling (National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius) last term, which was decided June 28, 2012:
The Supreme Court is split by ideological disposition, yet it is making sweeping and controversial decisions. Meanwhile, the court is deferential on constitutionally crucial decisions, such as displayed by the “ObamaCare” debacle. Chief Justice employed sophistry to decide that a penalty could be seen as a tax, implying that citizens are subjects of the federal government and can be forced to buy whatever its Washington rulers want. The Supreme Court’s diminishing credibility is thus well-earned.
Editor’s Note: The headline of this article was updated.