Confidence in Supreme Court plummets after overturning Roe v. Wade: Gallup Poll

The approval of the Supreme Court sank to a new low, just 100 days after Roe v. Wade was overturned, showing waning confidence in the nation’s highest court before it begins a new term.

According to a new Gallup poll, 47% of Americans said they have at least a “fair amount” of trust in the judiciary, down 20 percentage points from two years ago. Meanwhile, 58% of Americans disapprove of the way SCOTUS is handling its job – a record disapproval rating.

Last month, Chief Justice John Roberts defended the integrity of the court and told Washington Post: “Yes, all our opinions are open to criticism. In fact, our members do a good job of criticizing some opinions from time to time. But just because people disagree with an opinion, that is no basis for criticizing the legitimacy of the court.”

Apart from the tumultuous Dobbs vs. Jackson decision, perhaps Americans have a growing distrust of the court due to the recent investigation into SCOTUS spousal influence. This record low approval rating broke on the same day as Ginny Thomas testified before the committee on January 6, which is investigating her involvement in spreading the false allegations of 2020 presidential election fraud – she is the wife of justice Clarence Thomas.

Ethical questions have swirled about whether Justice Thomas should recuse himself while hearing Supreme Court cases involving the 2020 election; Ginni Thomas said she “never talked” with her husband about “any of the legal challenges to the 2020 election,” and she said her husband was also “unaware of” a text exchange with Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows on the 2020 election outcome. At a meeting on Saturday, former President Donald Trump called her a “great woman” after her Jan. 6 committee testimony.

Given a rare spotlight on the inner workings of the nation’s highest court, the Thomas investigation may have prompted other Supreme Court justices to become more private about their spouses’ business dealings. Politico reported it just a year after Justice Amy Coney Barrett‘s husband’s law firm publicly announced the opening of a law office in Washington, DC, and she edited her husband’s workplace in her latest form of financial disclosure as well as his clients.

When Politico reached out to Barrett’s husband, it received a response from a Supreme Court spokesman: “Justice Barrett complies with the Government Ethics Act when filing financial disclosure reports.” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) tweeted that the answer was “smooth” and that “the point is that judges have recusal obligations that (a) apply to all federal judges and (b) EGA disclosures usually do not make it. Eliding, there is one nasty trick.”

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