Washington (CNN) – Republican support for the Supreme Court has jumped, according to a new national survey that also indicates that Democratic approval of high court rulings has plunged.
A Gallup poll released Monday also indicates that Americans remain divided over the job the justices are doing.
According to the survey, Republican approval has surged 21 percentage points, from 30% in September to 51% now. Meanwhile, support among Democrats has dropped from 58% last autumn to 44% now. Support among independents stands at 46%, basically unchanged from last September.
In 2012, following the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, Democratic support stood at 68%. But landmark rulings by the court this year appear to have soured Democrats. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the justices ruled 5-4 that for-profit companies – citing religious opposition – could decline to pay for contraceptive coverage for their employees under the new health care law. Two other rulings struck down some restrictions in federal campaign finance laws and weakened public sector unions' ability to collect dues.
For the third straight year, the poll indicates Americans remain divided on the job the Supreme Court's doing.
The Gallup poll was conducted July 7-10, with 1,013 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report