Confidence in Supreme Court Falls to Record Low as Court Overturns Abortion Rights

Confidence in the Supreme Court fell to the lowest level on record — even before the court overturned abortion rights on Friday, according to Gallup.

Just 25% of respondents said they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Supreme Court in a poll conducted between June 1 and 20, before Friday’s decision.

The number marks an 11-point drop from the 36% of respondents who said they were confident in the court and a five-point drop from the previous low recorded in 2014.

By comparison, the confidence rate was at around 47% between 1973 and 2006.

Just 39% of Republicans, 25% of independents, and 13% of Democrats say they have confidence in the court.

Most oppose Roe overturn:

Another poll by NPR and PBS News found that most Americans disagree with the court’s ruling on Roe.

Just 40% of respondents said they support the decision while 56% of Americans oppose.

The poll found that 77% of Republicans favor the ruling compared to 41% of independents and just 10% of Democrats.

But the public also largely opposes expanding the Supreme Court, as some Democrats have suggested.

The poll found that 62% of Democrats support expanding the court but 57% of independents and nearly 90% of Republicans oppose.

Election implications?

The poll found that 78% of Democrats said the ruling makes them more likely to vote, 24 points higher than Republicans.

Just over half of respondents said they would definitely vote for a candidate who supports a federal law ensuring abortion rights while 36% said they would oppose such a candidate.

But the poll also found a marked reversal in whether voters are more likely to support Democrats or Republicans.

In April, 47% of voters said they would back Republican candidates for Congress compared to 44% who sided with Democrats. This week’s poll found that 48% of respondents are more likely to vote for Democrats compared 41% who sided with Republicans.


Related News