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Supreme Court Suffers Historic Low Public Confidence, Poll Shows

June 24, 2022, 12:29 AM

Americans’ confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a new low, according to a Gallup poll measuring faith in institutions over 50 years.

While many societal pillars are having a bad year, the 11-point drop for the nation’s highest court is about double that of the decline experienced by other institutions included in the survey.

Gallup’s poll was completed a few days before the high court’s decision Thursday striking down a New York law that limited who can carry a handgun in public. The analytics and consulting firm pointed to the leaked draft of an abortion rights opinion in May indicating the court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Though Gallup said it’s unclear whether such a ruling would further harm the court’s reputation, confidence in the institution this year has slid among Democrats from 30% to 13%, and from 40% to 25% among independents. For Republicans it has remained mostly unchanged, rising from 37% to 39%, according to Gallup.

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