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Poll: Trust in Supreme Court hits all-time low following abortion rights decision

By Lee Cleveland - May 19, 2023

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn five decades of precedent protecting abortion rights in the United States has had far-reaching consequences. A new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that trust in the Supreme Court has plummeted to an all-time low. The findings, based on the General Social Survey conducted between May and December of last year, demonstrate a significant decline in public confidence in the Court following the leak of the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Deteriorating Trust in the Supreme Court: The poll indicates a sharp decline in trust in the Supreme Court, with only 18% of Americans expressing a “great deal” of confidence in the Court in 2022, compared to 26% in the previous year.

Additionally, the percentage of those with “hardly any” confidence in the Court reached a record-high of 36%, surpassing the percentage of those with a “great deal” of confidence for the first time in the survey’s history.

The erosion of trust is evident across the political spectrum, with both Democrats and Republicans expressing diminished confidence in the Court.

Political Polarization and Abortion Rights: The poll highlights the polarizing nature of the abortion debate and its impact on public perception of the Supreme Court. The decision to ban abortion in the Dobbs v. Jackson case has elicited negative attitudes toward the Court. The poll reveals that the proportion of adults who believe that a person should be able to obtain a legal abortion for any reason now exceeds the proportion who hold the opposite view. This shift in public opinion may have contributed to the declining trust in the Court.

The Fallout from the Abortion Rights Decision: The far-reaching consequences of the Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade are evident. The erosion of trust in the Court reflects the public’s concerns over the violation of bodily autonomy and the disregard for longstanding precedent. The decision has had detrimental effects on individuals seeking abortion care and regular prenatal care, infringing upon their right to bodily autonomy. The polling data underscores the magnitude of the crisis of confidence that the Supreme Court justices with right-leaning ideologies have created within the institution.

Revelations of Judicial Corruption: The recent polls took place prior to the uncovering of instances of alleged corruption involving Supreme Court justices, particularly Justice Clarence Thomas.

The scandal surrounding Thomas has brought attention to the issue of corruption among Court justices, revealing that it may be more prevalent than previously known. The public’s awareness of these allegations may further diminish their view of the Supreme Court.

Future Implications: The diminished trust in the Supreme Court has significant implications for the institution’s legitimacy and public perception. Calls for investigations into ethical violations by Supreme Court justices have gained traction, with a majority of Americans supporting such actions. The public’s dissatisfaction with the Court and the erosion of trust may prompt calls for reforms aimed at addressing corruption and restoring faith in the judiciary.

Conclusion: The decline in trust in the Supreme Court following its decision to overturn abortion rights represents a critical juncture in the Court’s relationship with the American public. The poll results underscore the public’s dissatisfaction and disillusionment with the Court’s actions. The repercussions of this diminished trust extend beyond the abortion debate, impacting the Court’s overall credibility. As the Supreme Court navigates contentious issues, restoring public trust and addressing concerns about corruption will be essential for maintaining the Court’s integrity and upholding the rule of law.