New Poll Shows Confidence in SCOTUS is Spiraling


FILE – In this April 23, 2021, file photo, members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, while standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

A new poll is suggesting that most Americans are not confident in the Supreme Court.

A Yahoo News/YouGov poll published Tuesday shows a significant decline in Americans’ confidence in the Supreme Court over the last 20 months. The period began when former President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans installed a 6-3 conservative majority ahead of the 2020 election and hit a peak last week when a leaked draft revealed the Supreme Court’s plan to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The poll found half of registered voters currently have little or no confidence in the Supreme Court. 37-percent have “some” confidence, and 14-percent have “a lot” of confidence in the court. Overall, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all show less confidence in the court now than they did in 2020.

A similar poll was conducted in September 2020, days before Donald Trump nominated Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In that poll, 70 percent of registered voters had “some” or a “lot” of confidence in the Supreme Court.  

Chief Justice John Roberts blasted the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion, calling it “absolutely appalling” and saying he hopes “one bad apple” will not change “people’s perception” of the nation’s highest court.

Bay Area leaders spoke out against the draft, with Governor Gavin Newsom promising “Women will remain protected” in California.

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