Politics

U.S. Supreme Court Approval Hits New Low

| by Robert Fowler
The United States Supreme Court buildingThe United States Supreme Court building

Public approval of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has hit a new low.

According to data released by Gallup on Oct. 2, 50 percent of the country disapproves of the court, while only 45 percent approves and 5 percent has no opinion.

Only 26 percent of Republican respondents approve of SCOTUS. While this figure increased from 18 percent approval in July, it remains a sharp contrast to Democrats, with 67 percent approving of the highest court in the U.S.

The divided approval for the Supreme Court arrives at a time when the majority of U.S. citizens are down on government. Three-quarters of Americans view the government as corrupt, while half believe the government is impeding business and threatens personal liberty, The Daily Signal reports.

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The low Republican approval of SCOTUS has been attributed to the recent rulings that are at odds with conservative beliefs. The court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies in King v. Burwell, further hindering Republican efforts to undercut President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

In June, SCOTUS ruled in favor of nationwide same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, enraging conservatives -- and contributing to Republicans’ all-time disapproval of the court last July. Meanwhile, in that same month, Democrat support for SCOTUS hit an all-time peak of 76 percent, according to Gallup.

SCOTUS is expected to hear cases this term which may have far-reaching implications for capital punishment, affirmative action and redistricting, Politico reports. The rulings in these cases could dramatically change the court’s approval rating in either direction.

Sources: The Daily Star, Gallup, Politico / Photo Credit: David/Flickr