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Polling Shows Record-low Confidence in Supreme Court

Only 25 percent of Americans have "a great deal" of confidence in the court

A new poll from Gallup has found confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a record low as the branch’s conservative majority continues to pass down controversial rulings.

In a survey released Thursday afternoon, Gallup found that only 25 percent of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the Supreme Court. This is down 11 percent from last year and 5 points below the previous low in 2014. The polling occurred prior to Thursday morning’s ruling striking down restrictions on concealed carry of guns, which was harshly criticized by Democrats. It also comes before an expected ruling that would eliminate legal abortion access for millions of Americans by overturning the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.

The court’s anti-abortion stances have likely been a key factor in the recent dip in approval, which has a 6-3 majority of Republican appointees, newly expanded under former President Trump.

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