Public confidence in the US Supreme Court slid amid a flurry of ethics controversies, including revelations that Justice
The court’s approval rating fell to 41%, down six percentage points from January, the poll found. Only 25% of people expressed a great deal or a lot of confidence in the court, the lowest figure since polling began in 2019.
The justices have yet to rule in the biggest cases of their term, including fights over race-conscious college admissions and President
ProPublica reported that Thomas and his wife
Thomas’s unfavorable ratings rose from 32% in March to 36% in the new poll, highest among the nine justices. Among those surveyed, 25% said they had a favorable opinion of Thomas, down from 29% in March.
The court’s approval bottomed out in July at 38% after landmark decisions overturning the constitutional right to abortion and expanding gun rights. The approval rate had been at 66% in 2020, just before the court lurched to the right when Justice
The court nonetheless remains more respected than other national institutions, including the presidency, Congress and the media. And 26% said the justices’ honesty and ethical standards were high or very high, topping 19% for journalists, 14% for lawyers and 8% for cable-TV news.
The poll, conducted May 8-18, had a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
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