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Supreme Court Approval Rating Lower Than Ever

From Rasmussen Reports:

Public Approval of Supreme Court Falls to All-Time Low

July 01, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court finished its term with big decisions on voting rights, affirmative action and same-sex marriage. Following those rulings, public approval of the court has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded in more than nine years of polling.

Something tells me ‘voting rights’ had little bearing on this poll. You would be hard pressed to find a person on the street who even knows what the Voting Rights Act was. By the way, the poll (a pdf file) itself did not mention voting rights or same sex marriage in any of its five general questions.)

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or an excellent job. At the same time, 30% rate its performance as poor. That’s the highest-ever poor rating. It’s also the first time ever that the poor ratings have topped the positive assessments. Thirty-nine percent (39%) give the court middling reviews and rate its performance as fair.

But aren’t we told that same sex marriage is wildly popular? We thought the Court’s approval rating would go through the roof. After all, we saw all of those parades celebrating gay pride. Don’t tell us they only represent a fraction of the public.

These numbers are even weaker than the numbers recorded following the Supreme Court ruling upholding the president’s health care law last year. Just before the court heard arguments on the health care law, 28% gave the justices good or excellent marks. However, disapproval was far lower than it is today. Then, following those arguments, many thought the court was likely to overturn the law. At that point, positive ratings for the court shot up to 41%, the highest level in years. However, when the court eventually upheld the health care law, the numbers fell again. Just 29% offered a positive review early that September.

Just prior to last week, 30% gave the court good or excellent marks. While the overall number fell only slightly following the final flurry of rulings, there were significant changes beneath the surface. Positive ratings increased among liberal voters by 13 points. However, they fell by eight points among conservatives and by seven among moderates.

Following the Supreme Court session four years ago, 48% thought the justices were doing a good or an excellent job. The numbers have been all downhill since then. During 2010 and 2011, the ratings were in the mid-30s.

Looking back over the past four years, the changes have been remarkable. Following the 2009 court session, 48% of conservatives gave the court good marks. So did 51% of moderates and 46% of liberals. Since then, approval among conservatives has fallen by 32 points to 16%. Positive reviews among moderates has fallen 21 points to 30%. However, the numbers among liberals are unchanged.

Overall, 39% of voters now believe the court is too liberal, while 24% believe it is too conservative…

Of course, this will have no effect on the Supreme Court, since the Justices don’t give one whit about public opinion. Except, maybe the public opinion of the cocktail circuit in Georgetown. Where their recent same sex marriage decisions have been wildly popular.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Supreme Court Approval Rating Lower Than Ever”

  1. AcornsRNutz

    The court has been the problem for a long time. Now I am a traditional constitutionalist, and I very much feel that the definition of Marriage, gun laws, recognition of religion and God, decency laws, etc are STATE matters. The DOMA wasn’t one of my favorites only in that this fight we are now having was inevitiable. But if this act were a problem it needed to be handled legislatively by representitives of the state, and it never was. Therefore the law was theoretically agreeable to the states, therefore it should have stood. Now if you say that they were right for pushing the decision back to the states (which I would have had less of a problem with) then why did they immediately turn around and tell a state that it had to change it’s constitutional stance on marriage over there new ruling. The prop 8 California thing is the absolute biggest constitutional crime in this one, and it is no shock that the supreme court is losing it’s credibility (and high freakin’ time). Using previous supreme court decisions to support current ones instead of the consitution itself is the problem here, and the supreme court overturning the decisions made by the states and municipalities is just plain wrong.

    • Noyzmakr

      This country has been in a downward spiral ever since Earl Warren was appointed to the court. You can trace the begining of almost all of the corruption of our culture from that day.
      I dare anyone to go and look at FBI crime figures, Divorce records, teenage and unwed pregnancies and a plethora of other graphs and figures. They show a steep decline in morality and ethics in our cuture. Recent crime stastistics have tended down but only because were jailing more criminals and they just aren’t on the street to commit the crimes.
      I’m not laying all our troubles at the feet of Warren but I think that may be where they belong.

      Oh! By the way, Earl Warren was a republican. (sigh)

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    What’s evident here to me is that thing I like to claim is “something in the water” for lack of a better way to put it.

    Everyone in any position of power being afraid to be labeled but the average dipstick in a manner that will make it seem that they are uncool or not with it or any of a number of things that defy being hip.

    Hip sucks.

    It’s just that simple. Whenever I met someone who everyone thought was very cool, it always turned out that their lives were a mess. They themselves were a mess and largely, they were incredibly selfish people.

    By the time I was in high school and in my sophomore year, I became “the great observer” of humanity, realizing that wearing certain types of clothing, speaking/acting a certain way only worked to my detriment. That is, the cool kids were never going to think I was cool..and the adults detested my behaving that way and I felt like a tool for doing it. All of which except the first statement having meaning to me.

    So I was that guy who wore flannel shirts and straight-leg jeans with cuffs before that was in style, so the song goes. I learned to do my own thing and have fun by myself. I never wanted to talk about what the other kids were talking about as their overly emotional lives bored me.

    I became somewhat misanthropic at a young age. I had friends but, it turns out I couldn’t trust them. This persists to this day and it causes me to think about why human beings choose to be surrounded by yes-men and sycophants. The answer may be nothing more complicated than they want to be around people who make them feel good.

    As with everything there are extremes. A healthy gaggle of friends is good. A whole stable of boot-lickers is not. It’s unhealthy and very unwise and invariably causes the recipient to think they are greater than they really are.

    I have spent my life preferring to not belong to any club, function or group because I always see the same evolution in those things. There’s the “top dog”…the guy who everyone listens to no matter how full of crap they are. There’s the “executive” type who knows all the rules and customs and details…and then there are the followers. I am not a follower. I am not particularly a leader, either, though I have been accused of both.

    My independent thought often gets me into trouble. I don’t “go along to get along” though I have in order to keep the peace. Many trends that groups of people do are incredibly stupid. The women where I work thought it would be nifty cool to have Hawaiian shirt day. I don’t own one and wasn’t about to spend any money on something I would never wear anyhow. The derision…the sanctimonious looks….etc.

    The subject of my concern where I work is always our very bad and cruel management. Not about having a little distracting fun day with our clothing.

    I say all this because I think people tend to forget what’s important when they become part of something bigger than themselves. They tend to want to impress and be liked. They then take up actions that are ridiculous and downright off-the-wall.

    Or it could just be that we have a plethora of educated idiots who forgot how to even tie their own shoes.

    • Noyzmakr

      Rusty, you sound like a pretty cool guy to me.

      Last year, after years drinking, drugging (you name it, I did it including meth) and all manner of self abuse, I quit drinking (lost40 lbs), then i quit smoking pot and finally I stopped smoking cigarettes ( gained 45 lbs…sigh). I accomplished all this in 5 months. Many people kept telling me that I shouldn’t make too many life changes at once. Misery loves company. My “friends” couldn’t get away from me fast enough.

      I lead a lonely but richer life and I know my eternal fate. I’m much healthier and a little heavier but I’ll trade the weight for the abuse any day.

      But I am now the most UN-cool person you would ever meet. And I love being that way.

  3. Unfortunately, or fortunately, coolness is subjective. It’s more about what other people think than actual actions or actual qualities of the person in question. And these days, subjective coolness can be yanked away from you by some spotty little bastard in a basement who really knows his twitter.

    As far as the Supreme Court is concerned, their coolness is determined exclusively by the bubble dwellers and Kool-Aid drinkers in Washington. The effective majority in this country are apparently just background noise. What a skewed perspective through which to take in reality. It’s right up there with the accuracy of martini- goggles at last call after 6 or 7 hours of hard martini slurping. Unfortunately for us, we don’t have the option of waking up and chewing our arm off to get away. We’re stuck with a Supreme Court that justifies quashing the rule of law by quoting the playground bully and blaming “peer pressure” for their own blatantly anti-American anti-constitutional actions.




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