- Only 37% of Americans approve of the way the Supreme Court handles its work, while 49% disapprove.
- That’s a 15-point drop from last year, before Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment and a recent abortion decision.
- The Quinnipiac University poll also found that 67% of Americans agree with Roe v. Wade.
A new survey from Quinnipiac University reports that only 37% of Americans approve of the way the Supreme Court handles its work, the lowest score recorded by the polling company since it started tracking in 2004.
49% of Americans disagreed, while 13% had no opinion. As might be expected, opinions on the highest court in the land vary depending on party affiliation; 47% of Republicans said they approved of the way the court was handling its work, while 40% said they disapproved.
Meanwhile, 62% of Democrats disagreed, along with 47% of self-identified independent voters.
That’s a 15-point drop from over a year ago, when 52% of Americans said they approved of the way the court was handling its work in July 2020.
The new drop in approval rates comes on the heels of a controversial abortion decision, where the majority of the court’s conservative justices refused to block a new Texas law which effectively prohibits abortion from entering into force and subcontracts its application to fellow citizens.
“A majority of judges have chosen to hide their heads in the sand”, wrote Deputy Judge Sonia Sotomayor in his dissenting opinion on that decision.
Meanwhile, the same Quinnipiac poll showed Americans continue to agree with Roe v. Wade, who established the right to abortion, from 67% to 27%.
As negative impressions of the court grow, some judges have sought to back down. Associate Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaking at the McConnell Center in Louisville, Kentucky while sharing a scene with Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said the tribunal “is not made up of a bunch of partisan hacks.”
And associate judge Stephen Breyer, a liberal, recently published a new book in which he argues that the Supreme Court remains a non-partisan institution.
The Quinnipiac University survey, conducted September 10-13, included 1,210 adults nationwide and had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.