Bench Memos

Post Obamacare Supreme Court Polling

According to a new Rasmussen poll:

  • 28% of Americans now think the Supreme Court is doing a poor job, up from 11% last week. 


  • 56% of Americans now think that the Supreme Court justices “pursue their own political agenda rather than generally remain[ing] impartial,” up 5 percent from the week before. 


  • “Thirty-seven percent (37%) now believe the Supreme Court is too liberal, while 22% think it’s too conservative. A week ago, public opinion was much more evenly divided:  32% said it was too liberal and 25% said too conservative.”


  • Republican approval of the Supreme Court has flipped. Last week, 42% of Republicans “gave the justices good or excellent marks, while 14% said poor.” Now, “20% say good or excellent and 43% say poor.” More unaffiliated voters do not view the justices positively, but 30% view the justices poorly, up from 14% last week. As expected, more Democrats now have a good or excellent view of the justices.

Jan Crawford’s news that Chief Justice Roberts flipped under external pressure seems unlikely to help. The poll did note, ironically, that 55% of “Political Class voters” now give the Supreme Court positive ratings, up from 27% last week.