When one tries too hard to be popular, the result is usually less popularity. That appears no less true when it comes to the Supreme Court.
Last week, we highlighted how public approval of the Supreme Court instantly plummeted following last month’s ObamaCare decision. One week prior to the Court’s decision, twice as many people – 36% to 17% – believed that the Court was doing a “good” or “excellent” job as opposed to a “poor” job. In the immediate aftermath of that decision, almost as many said that the Court was doing a “poor” job as a “good” or “excellent” job. Additionally, over twice as many Americans – 56% to 27% – now believe that the justices pursue political agendas as opposed to maintaining impartiality.
As reported by The Hill, a poll this week confirms that backlash:
Negative opinions of the Supreme Court jumped in the wake of its ruling on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released on Thursday that shows the percentage who have an unfavorable opinion of the Court is higher than at any point since Pew began tracking it in 1985.”
And that’s not just among Republicans. According to the poll, disapproval among independents increased while approval remained unchanged. That’s not good news for Barack Obama, and it certainly doesn’t reflect well on Chief Justice John Roberts’s apparent attempt to sacrifice judicial prudence at the altar of popularity.