Jul 20, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Poll: Over half of Americans disapprove of Supreme Court following abortion ruling

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Less than four in 10 people approve of the Supreme Court, compared to six in 10 the same time last year, according to a national survey conducted by Marquette University Law School.

Driving the news: The poll was conducted over a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The month before the ruling, approval for the court was at 44% (following the opinion leak), and in March of this year it was at 54%.

By the numbers: The poll found that 61% of Americans disapprove and 38% approve of the Supreme Court.

  • When divided by ideology, approval remained at 83% for those in favor of striking down Roe, and for those opposing the decision approval was at 11%.
  • Republicans reported a 67% approval and Democrats were at 15%.

State of play: "Over the past three years, perceptions of the Court in ideological terms have shifted substantially in the conservative direction," per a press release from the survey.

  • The poll found that only 21% of respondents consider the court to be "moderate" and 67% consider if to be "very" or "somewhat" conservative. In comparison, in July 2021, 42% considered it to be "moderate" and 50% considered it to be "very" or "somewhat" conservative.

Methodology: The poll was conducted from July 5 to July 12, which was over a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The survey interviewed 1,003 adults nationwide. The poll had a margin of error of ± 4.0 percentage points.

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