Poll: 68 Percent Believe Supreme Court Decisions Are Driven By Ideology

A recent New York Times/CBS poll finds that just 20 percent of American adults believe that Supreme Court justices “decide their cases based on legal analysis without regard to their own personal or political views.” 68 percent believe these views sometimes influences the justices decisions.

This polls’ results are validated by recent events. At the close of last term, for example, four of the Court’s conservatives voted to toss out the Affordable Care Act in its entirety based on a legal theory that, in the words of a judge who once received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, has no basis “in either the text of the Constitution or Supreme Court precedent.” Similarly, corporate victories before the Court, as measured by how frequently the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wins before the justices, rose significantly as the Court became increasingly conservative: