A recently released poll conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that nearly half of conservative Republicans believe the United States Supreme Court skews left. While just about the same amount of liberal Democrats accused the Supreme Court of leaning conservative, that comes with the obvious caveat that it is generally accepted by most neutral observers that this grouping of Justices leans right.
According to Pew, 45 percent of ring-wing Republicans polled said that the Supreme Court is liberal, whereas only nine percent called it conservative. At the same time, while only 29 percent of moderate Republicans polled accused the court Supreme Court of skewing left, the same group was reluctant to acknowledge that it leaned right. Only 15 percent of the people who consider themselves moderate-to-left leaning Republicans said that the court tilted conservative.
The polarization extends to the other side of aisle, too. Of all the liberal Democrats polled, 48 percent said that the Supreme Court leaned right.
Many people had to go back and re-think their characterizations of both the Justices and the Court itself following last year’s landmark Obamacare ruling. With arguments for Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act to be held this week, it will be interesting to see how perceptions of all involved change over the next few days.