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New Poll on Supreme Court Is Both Heartening and Disturbing



UnnamedDespite assertions to the contrary being widely disseminated by most of the mainstream media—based upon a recent poll conducted by Gallup—a new poll from The Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports clearly indicates a majority of Americans support the Supreme Court.

Interestingly, Gallup’s press release from June 23 is very misleading, stating, “Americans’ confidence in the court has dropped sharply over the past year and reached a new low in Gallup’s nearly 50-year trend. Twenty-five percent of U.S. adults say they have ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court, down from 36% a year ago and five percentage points lower than the previous low recorded in 2014.”

Nowhere in the press release does Gallup mention the fact that, in addition to the 25 percent of individuals reporting high levels of confidence, 43 percent of respondents reported “some” confidence in our country’s highest court. Gallup’s claims are based upon cherry-picked information, and the result has been a bevy of news outlets and publications pushing headlines such as “Public Confidence in Supreme Court Sinks To 25%, Poll Says” (Forbes) and “Record low 25% of Americans have confidence in Supreme Court,” (CNN).



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