Democrats Don’t Like Supreme Court Now That It Rules Against Them

( As recently as a few months ago, Democrats supported the Supreme Court resoundingly. Now, though, that support has plummeted in the wake of the high court’s decision to allow the Texas abortion ban law to go into effect.

According to a Marquette University Law School poll that was released Wednesday, approval of the Supreme Court from around the country fell all the way to 49% as of September. Just two months before that, the approval rating sat at 60%.

That huge drop was driven in large part by people who consider themselves Democrats. Support among those people dropped 22 points between the two polls.

There were a few contentious decisions the high court issued over the summer. But, the biggest one was the one that happened earlier in September that allowed the Texas abortion ban to remain in place for now.

That law bans just about every abortion after roughly six weeks into pregnancy. Many liberals are concerned that the decision is only the first sign that the Supreme Court will eventually strike down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision — or will at least deal it a significant blow.

The court also issued two other summer decisions that angered Democrats. One involved the court striking down an effort by President Joe Biden to extend the COVID-19 pandemic’s eviction moratorium.

The second put an end to Biden’s attempts to undo former President Donald Trump’s policy that required asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while they were awaiting their cases to be heard in immigration courts.

As the poll’s director, Charles Franklin, commented:

“Whatever people might have seen as moderation on the court over the past year was followed by these three rulings in a row and close together that all took a conservative tilt, if you will.”

Since the July poll, support among Republicans for the Supreme Court increased four points.

As this poll is being released, two Supreme Court justices — one from each side — have sought to defend the decisions the high court is making, saying they are not driven by politics at all.

Both conservative justice Amy Coney Barrett and liberal justice Stephen Breyer have said as much in recent weeks.

Earlier in September, Barrett told an audience at an event at the University of Louisville:

“My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks.”

Despite those words — and similar ones from Breyer — liberals are not happy with the recent high court decisions, but particularly the Texas abortion law case. That decision was issued on September 1, and Marquette began polling people just a few days after that, so it was fresh in their minds.

On September 9, the Justice Department sued Texas because of the law, all while the polling was continuing. In other words, people who were angry about the decision were able to respond right away about their feelings.