Poll: Chief Justice Roberts more popular among Democrats than Republicans

All the complaining that we heard from the Democrats about a Supreme Court with a conservative majority is gone, and the chief justice had something to do with that.

According to a new poll by Rasmussen, Chief Justice John Roberts is currently considered more favorably by Democrats than by Republicans. 

This, of course, is despite the fact that Roberts, at least at one time, was considered to be a conservative justice as he was nominated by former President George W. Bush.

The numbers

According to the Rasmussen Report, poll numbers show that “Democrats are especially enamored with Chief Justice John Roberts.” The pollsters recently conducted a telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters.

With a plus or minus 3 percentage point margin of error, they found that, overall, 13 percent of participants thought very favorably of Roberts, 49 percent favorably, 36 percent unfavorably, and 12 percent very unfavorably. The remaining 15 percent were undecided.

Then Rasmussen factored in party affiliation and found that 56 percent of likely Democratic voters viewed Roberts favorably compared to 47 percent of Republican voters. The obvious question is how did Roberts become so popular among Democrats?

The swing vote

The answer to that question can be found in some significant, recent decisions in which Roberts played the role of the swing vote.

As the Washington Examiner reports, in one case, a Louisiana anti-abortion law was struck down, in another gay and transgender rights were expanded, and in the final one, Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was upheld.

That’s three occasions in which Roberts sided with the court’s four liberal judges to give liberals across the country a big win. No wonder he has earned their favorability.

“A minority court”

This recent trend has been especially surprising to conservatives, including the White House. President Donald Trump, after all, has put two conservative justices on the bench – both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – and we still have a Supreme Court okaying parts of the liberal agenda. “It’s almost like we’re a minority court, right? It’s almost like we’re a minority court,” President Trump recently said.

“The two decisions last week in which we lost, I actually believe that puts the Supreme Court right back in the mix. We need more conservatives on the Supreme Court,” said Vice President Mike Pence on another occasion.

Indeed, the Supreme Court’s ability to fundamentally alter our country is one more reason to vote Republican this November. With the age of some of the justices and with the rumors of retirement, we need a Republican president there ready to fill in any vacancies with a proper U.S. justice, not some liberal politician in a black robe.

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