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SCOTUS approval is up 21 percentage points among Republicans

Posted Jul 15, 2014 7:01 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Republican approval of the U.S. Supreme Court has jumped 21 percentage points since last year, according to a Gallup poll.

Fifty-one percent of Republicans approve of the way the U.S. Supreme Court is handling its job, up from 30 percent in September 2013, according to a Gallup press release noted by How Appealing and the New York Times Taking Note blog. The latest poll was taken July 7-10 after the Supreme Court ended its term.

The approval rating among Democrats, on the other hand, declined. Forty-four percent of Democrats approve of the Supreme Court in the most recent poll, compared to 58 percent in September 2013.

There was little change in approval among independents. Forty-six percent approve, compared to 47 percent last year.

Overall, 47 percent of Americans approve of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job, and 46 percent disapprove. Last September, 46 percent approved, and 45 percent disapproved. Those approval ratings are among the lowest for the Supreme Court since Gallup began asking the question in 2000.

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