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Losing in the court of public opinion

Supreme CourtRemember the Supreme Court? George Alexander Louis was merely a glimmer in our collective eye when we were all debating the merits of landmark decisions involving the Voting Rights Act and same-sex marriage.

The long-term effects of the rulings remain to be seen; in the short term, however, the rulings have done a number on the Supreme Court’s popularity.

The court’s popularity has fallen below 50 percent for the first time in 3o years, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Not surprisingly, the court’s favorability rating was just over 50 percent in March, before it issued its high-profile rulings.

Also perhaps not surprisingly, African Americans’ negative view of the Supreme Court increased 17 percent from March to July. The 44 percent favorable rating this month is the lowest since Pew began polling black citizens in 1985.

The survey also finds disliking the court is becoming more of a bipartisan issue. Whereas last July, 64 percent of Democrats gave the court a thumbs-up compared to 38 percent of Republicans, this July the gap is only six percentage points. (54 percent of Demcrats, 48 percent of Republicans.)

You can read the full report here.