Public trust in Supreme Court drops to 25%, poll finds

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Only one in four Americans say they are confident in the Supreme Court — the lowest rate on record — according to a Gallup poll released Thursday, with respondents answering the question in the weeks ahead of the court’s highly anticipated ruling that could overturn Roe v . Wade.

Highlights

Only 25% of American adults said they have “a lot” or “somewhat” confidence in the Supreme Court, down from 36% from a year ago, according to Gallup.

It is also five percentage points below the 30% trust rate recorded in 2014, which was previously the lowest for the Supreme Court and coincided with an overall decline in trust in US institutions, averaging just 31. % of respondents reporting trust.

Many US government institutions have suffered a decline in trust this year, according to Gallup, but the study noted that the public’s 11-point decline in trust in the Supreme Court is about double that of other organizations over the past year. the same period.

While confidence in the Supreme Court has fallen by double digits from a year ago among Democrats (30% to 13%) and independents (40% to 25%) this year, Republican confidence in the Court increased, but only slightly (37% to 39%).

The findings are based on Gallup phone interviews with 1,015 adults living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia between June 1 and June 20.

Key context

In recent years, the controversial confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — all appointees by President Donald Trump — have made the court more conservative. In early May, a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicated that the court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade in his ruling on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which is expected to be released before the court’s summer recess. Polls show that most Americans are generally in favor of keeping the process legal. In September, Gallup found that the Supreme Court’s job approval rating had fallen to a new low and that public confidence in the federal government’s judiciary had declined sharply soon after the Supreme Court ruled. refused to block a Texas law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. . The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that requires gun owners to prove they have a ‘good cause’ in order to obtain a license to carry concealed weapons in public, which could void gun control measures across the country. The court also ruled Thursday that law enforcement cannot be sued for violating Americans’ civil rights if they fail to tell people about their Miranda rights. Both decisions were controversial and drew backlash.

Further reading

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