Poll: GOP support for Supreme Court surges, Democratic backing drops
July 14th, 2014
03:28 PM ET
1 month ago

Poll: GOP support for Supreme Court surges, Democratic backing drops

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


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. It must be said

    If all the liberal justices all die off and are replaced with Conservatives, our country might be able to survive another 200 years. If the opposite happens, the country is permanently gone.

    July 14, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    This Court's decisions are why Dick and Georgie stole the election in 2000.

    July 14, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    As it should. After all they're working for the GOP.

    July 14, 2014 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @It must be said: "If all the liberal justices all die off and are replaced with Conservatives, our country might be able to survive another 200 years. If the opposite happens, the country is permanently gone."

    What "must be said" is you're an idiot if you think it's a good thing to turn our nation into a theocracy where the top 1% own and control everything, where only those lucky enough to be born into a family of means has any chance of an education or healthcare, and where our natural resources are destroyed for the sake of short-term profit.

    If you like that scenario, why don't you just take a short cut and move to Saudi Arabia right now (or China, if the theocracy thing isn't your style).

    July 14, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Someone said this

    If all the conservative justices all die off and are replaced with Liberals, our country might be able to survive another 200 years. If the opposite happens, the country is permanently gone.

    July 14, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    All of the Former States Rights Folks of Principal. Depends on whose ox is being gored.

    July 14, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. just asking

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....
    As it should. After all they're working for the GOP.
    ---

    screwing us all over with obamacare is 'working for the gop'???? geez, you worshipped them back then. the very same people.

    July 14, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "If all the liberal justices all die off and are replaced with Conservatives, our country might be able to survive another 200 years. If the opposite happens, the country is permanently gone."

    Have fun trying to accomplish that after Clinton becomes POTUS and we spend another 8 years watching the GOP/Teatrolls destroy themselves with every single demographic other than white, wealthy, male Christians.

    Of course, we know what you mean by the country being "gone"...it ties right in to what I just said...it's not "America" in the eyes of the GOP/Teatrolls unless it's wholly owned, controlled and dominated by white, wealthy, male Christians.

    Cry about it that I point it out. Cry cry cry....then tell us FROM WHOM you needed to "take the country back". we know what you meant. Do you think the entire country is too stupid to understand conservative code-speak? The Luntzian language of base-riling by dogwhistle? Face it: You guys are through unless you do manage to take the WH in 2016 and then go hogwild fascist on everyone you disagree with....and we know that's what you plan. Doesn't make for a very convincing election argument for you guys.

    July 14, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    The SCOTUS has said that corporations are people and have rolled back the voting rights act. I guess that question about judicial activism from the bench doesn't apply to the Robert's Court.

    July 14, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein

    I would like to know where the conservative justices are from if they don't think that money is corrupting. I would also like to know how a for profit corporation can be more legal right than a person who wants to chose a form of birth control? Would the conservatives give corporations the right to vote and to be represented in Congress more than they are already because of their lobbying?

    July 14, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Russ

    Excuse me, someone needed to take a poll to find this out? OMG how stupid can you get?

    July 14, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Interesting. On another thread, Ray E ( Georgia), otherwise known as Gunderson, makes the statement that Conservatives want you to think for yourselves: really? I seem to remember a fascination with Conservatives wanting to control what we do with our bodies, what is an acceptable form of worship, and that corporations are people. When IBM is asked for ID when registering to vote, then companies are people. The Right will have you exchange working as individuals towards a common goal, otherwise know as Liberalism or the philosophy known as Pragmatism, towards thinking only of yourself in the tortured logic called Objectivism. In other words, Ray E ( Georgia) really wants you to be as uncaring and unfeeling as he is. BTW, he's from Missouri, since he let that slip back during Todd Akin being outed on the subject of legitimate rape. Care to defend that again, Ray? You want people to think exactly as you do: you really can't stomach a thought different from your own.

    July 14, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    t must be said
    If all the neocon justices all die off and are replaced with liberals/center-left judges, our country might be able to survive another 200 years. If the opposite happens, the country is permanently gone.

    July 14, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Someone should write a book, "Courting the Law", about the current makeup.

    July 14, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    -I don't have any kind of respect for these guys. These guys are elected, toys in the hands of politicians–they don't care the law nor justice.

    July 14, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Its such a nice thought that some on here are literally wishing for the deaths of some of our justices, on the assumption that the GOP will somehow produce a candidate in 2016 strong enough to beat Hillary Clinton, an assumption that can only happen if they keep the scandal-hysteria loud enough and long enough to numb a majority of voters.

    Simply put, there is no way in hell the GOP will win an election in 2016, 2020, or even further out, until they embrace something other than characterizing their opponents as disloyal and broaden their base beyond the white, Christian males who give their guns names and prefer sleeping with them to their wives.

    July 14, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. smith

    @Tom P- Hmm, "thinking only of yourself" and "uncaring and unfeeling". People have different ideas of what they want out of life. Its called freedom.

    July 14, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. guest

    after realizing golden dawn was already taken, american fascists went with tea party.

    July 14, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    The answer would have been completely different if this question were posed right after the ACA was deemed legal.

    July 14, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. yolanda

    Term limits for Supreme Court justices, just as we need term limits for the yahoos on the hill. We are killing this country from all directions. Everybody take a bow.

    July 14, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |