The Republican view of the Supreme Court is skyrocketing


In this illustration, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli speaks to, from left, Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court on March 27, 2012. (Art Lien/Reuters)

Republicans' approval of the job the Supreme Court is doing is up a whopping 21 points since last September, while Democratic approval is down 14 percent. That's all according to a new Gallup poll.

(Chart via Gallup)
(Chart via Gallup)

Conservatives have cheered recent rulings the court has made, such as the "Hobby Lobby" decision and rebuking President Obama over certain recess appointments. So the rise in Republican approval makes sense.

As Republicans like what they see more and more and Democrats less and less, the court is dividing the public as a whole. Forty-seven percent of Americans approve of the job the court is doing; 46 percent disapprove.

Things weren't always that way. As the following chart from Gallup shows, throughout most of the past decade, the public has been much more pleased than displeased with what it's seen from the court. As recently as 2009, the court's approval rating was 61 percent and disapproval was just 28 percent.

(Chart via Gallup)
(Chart via Gallup)

The Gallup poll was conducted July 7-10.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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