Poll finds nearly six in ten Americans disapprove of Supreme Court's performance

 June 22, 2023

According to The Hill, a newly released poll shows that Americans' confidence in the Supreme Court has dropped to an all-time low. 

Carried out by Quinnipiac University between June 15 and June 19, it found that 58% of respondents disapprove of how the nation's highest judicial body has been doing its job.

Two-thirds say justices are "mainly motivated by politics"

That number rose to 81% among Democrats, 71% among African Americans, and 59% of whites with a college degree. Meanwhile, only 36% of Republicans voiced disapproval.

What's more, 68% said that justices are "mainly motivated by politics" compared with just 25% who feel they are "mainly motivated by the law."

A sharp partisan divide again emerged, with 85% of registered Democrats believing the Court is mainly driven by politics versus 51% of Republicans who agreed.

There were also differences on the question of whether or not Supreme Court justices should be limited in how many years they can serve.

Most Americans think charges against Trump are political

The idea was embraced by 78% of Democrats whereas Republicans were more evenly split, with 51% supporting the idea and 42% opposing it.

"American voters drop the gavel and prove harsh judges as a drip, drip, drip in approval gives the Highest Court its lowest marks," Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy was quoted as saying.

In addition to seeing the Supreme Court as a politicized institution, many Americans also appear to be losing confidence in the Department of Justice.

The poll reported that 62% of respondents believe the Department of Justice is being guided by political considerations rather than the law in its prosecution of former President Donald Trump over his handling of classified documents.

Nearly one in three Democrats think charges are politically driven

While Republicans are most likely to hold this view, with 91% saying the charges are politically motivated, that view is also shared by 65% of independent voters and even 28% of Democrats.

However, Americans' thoughts on the issue are mixed, as 51% still say that Trump's case should nevertheless be pursued.

"From the seriousness of the indictment, to the possible national peril posed by exposure of classified documents, to the way Trump has responded, Americans think Trump comes up short and they want to know more from him. That said, a majority say it's all just politics," analyst Tim Malloy said.

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