Record low number of Americans have confidence in the Supreme Court

Abortion-rights and Anti-Abortion rights activists fill first street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Abortion-rights and Anti-Abortion rights activists fill first street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A Gallup poll that was released on Thursday showed that a record low 25% of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The confidence that Americans have in the Supreme Court dropped down from 36% in 2021, and the 25% confidence results are five points lower than the previous record low in 2014.

Gallup said that the poll was taken from June 1-20, and that they will release the results showing Americans' confidence in other U.S. institutions in early July.

The poll came out prior to the SCOTUS decision on Friday in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case which overturns abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade.

On June 9, Gallup released the results from a poll that showed 58% of Americans were opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade, while 32% were in favor of overturning the decision.

Dating back to 1973, the highest recorded confidence of the Supreme Court was in May of 1985 and September of 1988 when 56% of Americans were confident in the Supreme Court.

"Since 2006, confidence has averaged 35% and has not exceeded 40% in any survey," Gallup said.

Looking at Americans' confidence in the Supreme Court by political party alignment, the results should not be too surprising. Only 13% of Democrats have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the Supreme Court, down from 30% in 2021. It's lowest recorded confidence that Gallup has recorded, eight points lower than the 21% confidence from 2019.

Independents' confidence has dropped to 25%, down from 40% confidence in 2021, and breaking the previous recorded low of 28% confidence in 2015.

Republicans' confidence has gone up from 37% last year to 39% in 2022, although, both are lower than the 53% of Republicans who expressed their confidence in the Supreme Court in 2020.

"That measure was taken during Donald Trump's reelection year -- after he had two of his nominees confirmed to the Supreme Court, but before a third Trump justice was confirmed days prior to his being defeated for reelection in November," Gallup said.

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