Gallup Poll: Supreme Court Approval Rating Highest in Over a Decade


FILE – In this June 1, 2017, file photo, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Seated, front row, from left are, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Back row, standing, from left are, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Gorsuch. Gorsuch became the Supreme Court’s newest member a year ago on April 10, 2017 . President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia has now heared more than 60 cases on issues including gerrymandering, union fees, cellphone and data privacy and gambling on sports. He’s written his first Supreme Court opinions but also dealt with his first complaint as a member of the court’s cafeteria committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

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(CNN) — After a contentious extended Supreme Court term, a majority of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing, earning the court its highest rating in over a decade, according to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans approve of the job the court is doing, up from 54% last year, according to the poll.

But the poll shows dramatic swings in how Democrats and Republicans view the court.

Sixty percent of Republicans approved of the court this year, down 13% from 2019. For Democrats, 56% approved, up from just 38% one year ago.

Independents, at 57%, also had a positive view of the court. The partisan ratings for the court are the closest across ideological lines that Gallup has recorded since 2000.

The results come after the court contemplated several hot button issues this term, handing some surprising wins to liberals and infuriating conservatives who wanted and expected much more than they got from the majority conservative bench. President Donald Trump slammed the court several times throughout the term, but got a mixed bag in two cases concerning his bid to shield his financial documents that will likely allow him to not release anything before the election.

The court also decided major issues concerning abortionthe Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, religious liberty and executive power. Conservatives made strides, particularly in the area of religious liberty and the administrative state. But liberals got a clean win in a landmark case expanding the Civil Rights Act to LGBTQ employees and at least temporary wins on DACA and abortion.

The high approval rating also comes as the public has had unprecedented access to the inner machinations of the court. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the court streamed oral arguments over the airwaves, allowing Americans to listen to the proceedings live.

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