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Yet Another Poll Shows Increasingly Political Court Harming Its Reputation

It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will strike down the Affordable Care Act or instead choose to follow the Constitution. But last week’s oral argument raises very real concerns that five conservative justices believe that they should decide the case based solely on the fact that Barack Obama is a Democrat and they are Republicans. According to a recent Pew poll, this behavior is not wearing well with the public. Although a majority of the country’s opinion of the Supreme Court remains unchanged, three times as many Americans have a less favorable view of the Court after the highly partisan oral argument as now have a more favorable view. The Pew poll echoes another recent poll showing that fewer Americans than ever perceive the Supreme Court positively.

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