Following a series of high-profile rulings addressing such issues as affirmative action, LGBTQ rights and student loans, the share of Americans with a favorable opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to its lowest point in public opinion surveys dating to 1987.  

Fewer than half of Americans (44%) now express a favorable opinion of the court, while a narrow majority (54%) have an unfavorable view, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

Opinions of the court have become somewhat less positive since April, when about half of Americans had a favorable impression.

The court’s favorable rating has declined 26 percentage points since 2020. The current survey marks the first time in our polling dating to 1987 that the public’s views of the Supreme Court are significantly more negative than positive.

How Democrats and Republicans see the Supreme Court

Just 24% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents view the Supreme Court favorably, down 7 percentage points since April and the lowest favorable rating for the court in either party in more than 30 years.

As recently as 2021 – before the court’s decision last year to overturn the federal right to abortion, as well as […]

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