Poll: Supreme Court favorable rating near all-time low
March 26th, 2013
08:59 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Supreme Court favorable rating near all-time low

Washington (CNN) – As the Supreme Court hears two high profile cases involving same-sex marriage this week, a new national poll indicates Americans’ favorable views of the high court remain near an all-time low.

According to a Pew Research Center survey, 52% of the public have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, with 31% saying they have an unfavorable view of the high court.

The 52% favorable rating is up a point from last July, soon after the justices’ ruling upholding most of the controversial Affordable Care Act, known by many as Obamacare. That was an all-time low in Pew polling on the court dating back to 1985.

Meanwhile, unfavorable views have dropped five percentage points since last summer.

Nearly half of Republicans questioned (47%) say they have a positive opinion of the Supreme Court, up nine points from last summer but still below their views of the court prior to the ruling on the national health care law.

The survey indicates that Democrats' positive views of the court dropped eight points since last summer, to 56%. Independent voters’ opinions of the court have changed little since last summer.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted March 13-17, with 1,501 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If the SCOTUS has low polling numbers, I'm sure it has everything to do with Scalia and his radical views along with the Citizens United ruling.

    March 26, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    After the incredibly erroneous "Citizens United" ruling, some members of the Court lost their credibility with me. I know find that most all of the decisions defy belief.

    March 26, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    I dont trust any of them. We the people should pick all 9 . Not Presidents.

    March 26, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. James Bond

    Now more than ever, judges show political favoritism, not supposed to be that way, scalia is way to proud of himself, this man is dangerous

    March 26, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    The court has demonstrated, over the last 4+ years, that it has become a totally corrupt body, entirely influenced by political partisanship, and not by law.

    March 26, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. ST

    Why should a poll be conducted of how the Supreme Court is performing? Should they also be polled and give their views how people are performing or whether they are supportive or not? Remember all justices are appointed by the President and not the people.

    March 26, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Not surprised since activist conservative judges have become the dominant majority. They sold the nation to the highest bidders in the Citizens United decision.

    March 26, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. SADIE

    this governor is the epitome of crooked politics. He is a college drop out being bought to turn WI into a red state. He has turned down federal aid over and over that could have helped the working class in my state, claiming that it will help them help themselves.

    He is EVIL, and has been bought.

    March 26, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    When they sanctioned selling democracy to the highest bidder or corporate "person" they lost all respect.

    March 26, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. rs

    To be fair, thanks to Bush, this court is about as partisan as it can get, and they have produced a number of very odd decisions- like Citizens United.
    On the other hand, the GOP has done such a good job making government incompetent in so many ways, why should the SC be any different? One thing is for certain, with all of their laws being contested, from marriage to abortion, to voting and civil rights, the GOP is keeping the court very busy sorting out their hyper-partisan legislation.

    March 26, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. muchthunder..little rain

    the court should be made up of a equal % judges like the country ..so many blacks .lwhites . catholics etc...but why are the so many jews on the court , 2% population 33% of the court..all far left liberals..

    March 26, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. rs

    muchthunder..little rain

    the court should be made up of a equal % judges like the country ..so many blacks .lwhites . catholics etc...but why are the so many jews on the court , 2% population 33% of the court..all far left liberals..
    _______________________
    Interesting.... so the TEA Party judge (Thomas) whose wife works for all sorts of sorted radical-Right-wing causes is not the problem for you?

    March 26, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    The court has demonstrated, over the last 4+ years, that it has become a totally corrupt body, entirely influenced by political partisanship, and not by law.
    -------------------
    Do I take that to mean that you disagree with the "Citizens United" decision?
    That you disagree with the "Heller Case" concerning the 2nd Amendment?
    And I forget the name of it, but the case that affirmed the rights of munincipalites to use 'imminent domain' to take away someone's property and sell it to someone else?

    March 26, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Dadoo Gozaway

    Add to"R udy NYC" lis, giving the presidential election to the loser, Bush.

    totaly cynical and dishonest.

    if a local Justice of the Peace ruled on cases involving personal friends, o r where the lawyers included a judge's family members, the JP would be disciplined, but there is no check on Scala, Thomas and company.

    March 26, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |