Trump effect: US Supreme Court approval numbers highest in almost a decade

The U.S. Supreme Court is enjoying a resurgence of approval according to a new poll.

Public opinion of the high court has climbed to its highest level in nearly a decade, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

(Image: Photograph by Franz Jantzen, Supreme Court Curator’s Office)

“A majority of Americans, 53 percent, approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing, the highest rating since 2009 and a slight improvement from September’s 49 percent,” the poll stated.

The ratings follow a few controversial rulings by the court last month and President Donald Trump’s nomination of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

According to the Gallup poll:

The poll was conducted July 1-11 while Trump deliberated on and then nominated Kavanaugh to fill Kennedy’s seat. Prior to that, the Supreme Court handed down several decisions that have drawn the ire of Democrats. Among them, the court upheld the Trump administration’s ban on travel from several majority Muslim countries to the U.S., ruled that workers who do not belong to public sector unions do not have to pay fees for collective bargaining and ruled that anti-abortion pregnancy centers do not have to give out information about publicly funded abortion services.


Republicans overwhelmingly approved the Court’s performance with 72 percent approving and a majority, 52 percent, of independent voters also giving it the thumbs up.

The poll noted that 44 percent of respondents say the Court is “about right,” 21 percent say it’s “too liberal,” and 29 percent responded with “too conservative.”

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“Democrats, have proven to be reactive — in opposite directions — to the same factors as Republicans when rating the Supreme Court’s job,” the poll stated, noting how Republican approval was just 19 percent in 2015 while Democratic approval climbed to an all-time high since 2009, at 76 percent.

With the imminent confirmation of Kavanugh, Democrats and liberals are poised to be even more unhappy with the Court while Republican approval will likely increase. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could shift the balance of power on the Court, and the president may get a chance to fill another seat if one of the other Justices decides to retire.


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