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Barely more than half of those polled in Pew Research poll, 52 percent, have a favorable opinion of SCOTUS.
The number of Americans with a favorable view of the US Supreme Court has hit a 25-year low, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
Just 52 percent, barely more than half of those polled by the Pew Research Center, have a favorable opinion of the nation's high court. That's the lowest figure in the history of the poll, which began in 1987, and a steep drop from a high of 80 percent in 1994, Politico reported.
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Twenty-nine percent of those polled said they have an unfavorable view of SCOTUS -- just one percentage point short of the highest negative rating ever in 2005, according to the poll.
Support for the court was below 60 percent among Republicans, Democrats and independents alike.
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“On the Republican side, they see Democratic justices being appointed to the court, and on the Democratic side, there seems to be at least some effect of the hearings on the health- care law,” Carroll Doherty, Pew’s associate director, told Bloomberg. “You’re seeing this confluence now of partisan agreement.”
The slide in the court’s favorability rating accompanies a broader decline in Americans’ trust in government, he said.
It comes less than two months before justices are expected to rule on the health care reform law and Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law, The Hill reported.
The poll was conducted April 4-15 among 3,008 adults, according to Pew.