Americans Losing Trust in Supreme Court
Around 46 percent of U.S. adults trust the Supreme Court to function with the best interests of Americans in mind. This is a 20-point drop since the last survey to ask this question which was published in 2019.
Americans stopped having faith in the high court around the same time when Former President Trump’s three nominees made the court a 6-3 conservative majority, according to a new poll from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
In June, the Supreme Court decided to overrule Roe v. Wade, a case that provided abortion rights and access to women for almost 50 years. This decision made by the conservative court did not reflect the public opinion of Americans.
Irv Gornstein, executive director of Georgetown Law’s Supreme Court Institute, said that the last term would go down in history as the term when Roe v. Wade was overturned. He also added that while some might have celebrated for many their faith in the Supreme Court was completely ruined.
The poll shows that there is a large partisan divide in the views of Americans about the Supreme Court. Around one in three Democrats have said that they had trust in the court.
In comparison, about seven out of ten Republicans believed in the Supreme Court. Among independents, approximately 44 had faith in the court. This is a large drop from the 74 percent of independents that supported the court in 2019.
In this current nine-month term many key issues will be under scrutiny including affirmative action in higher education, voting rights, and LGBTQ discrimination.
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