Public opinion of the Supreme Court has grown more negative since the highly publicized ruling on the president’s health care law was released.
A growing number now believe that the high court is too liberal and that justices pursue their own agenda rather than acting impartially.
A week ago, 36% said the court was doing a good or an excellent job. That’s down to 33% today.
But putting the emphasis on the negative... this means that a third of the American People are clueless.
However, the big change is a rise in negative perceptions. Today, 28% say the Supreme Court is doing a poor job. That’s up 11 points over the past week.
Again... flip side... this means that almost three quarters of Americans surveyed either don't believe that the Court routinely trashes the Constitution, or... worse... they simply don't believe that politicized Court rulings demonstrate "doing a poor job."
The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on Friday and Saturday following the court ruling, finds that 56% believe justices pursue their own political agenda rather than generally remain impartial. That’s up five points from a week ago.
And yet... no rioting in the streets.
No flurry of calls, emails, letters, and personal visits by constiuents to demand that their members of the House, U.S. Senators, and state governors force the Supreme Court to rule according to the Constitution and not against it.
Just half as many - 27% - believe the justices remain impartial.
Again... a quarter of the population is clueless.
Oh... and let's face it... large segments of those surveyed who gave the "right" answer did so not because they understand the issues at play in the way I do, but, rather, they simply offer a "conservative knee-jerk response" as the flip-side to the "liberal knee-jerk response."
Thirty-seven percent (37%) now believe the Supreme Court is too liberal, while 22% think it's too conservative. A week ago, public opinion was much more evenly divided: 32% said it was too liberal and 25% said too conservative.
See, folks... this reinforces my previous point. Anyone who looks at this through a partisan lens misses the point. It's not that we cheer or damn a "liberal" ruling vs. a "conservative" ruling, it's that the Constitution and the Rule of Law demands CONSTITUTIONAL rulings - no matter how the chips fall ideologically!
Here's the tragedy, my friends: Most Americans view either the "liberal" justices or the "conservative" justices as their heroes (or villains) when actually the forces aligned against each other are the Constitutionists vs. the anti-Constitutionists.
Yes... by and large the Constitutionists are "conservative" and the anti-Constitutionists "liberal" - or, rather, "Left" - but the only question Americans should be concerned with is whether a justice rules according to the Constitution or... well... in opposition to it.
As first noted in polling conducted Wednesday and Thursday, there has been a sizable partisan shift in perceptions of the high court. A week ago, Republicans were generally positive about the court. Forty-two percent (42%) of GOP voters gave the justices good or excellent marks, while 14% said poor. Now, the numbers are strongly negative — 20% say good or excellent and 43% say poor. Among Democrats, the numbers went from mixed to very positive. A week ago, 35% of those in the president’s party gave the high court positive reviews and 22% offered a negative assessment. Now, 50% are positive and only 11% give the high court negative marks.
As for those not affiliated with either major party, the positives remained unchanged at 31%.
Folks... all this is evidence supporting my previous commentary.
How can America remain a Constitutional Republic when "The Rule of Law" is largely looked upon through a partisan lens as opposed to a fair, accurate, and sincere analysis of what the Constitution actually demands? (Answer: American can't remain a Constitutional Republic; American is no longer a Constitutional Republic.)
However, among unaffiliated voters, the number rating the court's performance as poor doubled from 14% a week ago to 30% today.
Well... (*HALF-SMILE*)... that's good news, at least!
Among Political Class voters, positive ratings for the Supreme Court soared to 55%, compared to 27% a week ago.
Which... unfortunately... demonstrates why America is in truth no longer a Constitutional Republic under the Rule of Law.