U.S. Supreme Court

Americans' view of Supreme Court rebounds; is eight-member court the reason?

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A majority of Americans have a favorable view of the U.S. Supreme Court, a big improvement over July 2015 when fewer than half had a positive opinion.

According to Pew Research, an August survey found 60 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the court. In July 2015, only 48 percent had a favorable opinion.

This year, the court was short a justice and there were fewer high-profile decisions, the Pew Research Center notes at Fact Tank.

The percentage with an unfavorable view in the August poll stood at 32 percent, compared to 43 percent in July 2015, which was a 30-year high. Americans’ views of the court last year were strongly linked to how they felt about the decisions upholding the Affordable Care Act and finding a constitutional right to gay marriage.

The August poll this year found that 57 percent of Republicans viewed the court favorably and 73 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion.

Hat tip to @ScotusReporter.

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