Poll: More Republicans Back Supreme Court After Hobby Lobby Case

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Monday, 14 Jul 2014 09:57 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Republicans are throwing their support behind the Supreme Court following the Hobby Lobby ruling last month, a new poll shows.

The Gallup survey revealed that 21 percent more Republicans approve of the nation’s highest court compared to a poll last September, leaping from 30 percent to 51 percent.

However, overall, only 47 percent of Americans support the Supreme Court, contrasting with 46 percent of Americans who disapprove, which is basically the same as last September’s survey.

After the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling that closely held corporations can opt out of Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage on religious grounds, Democratic support for the court fell by 14 points, from 58 percent to 44 percent.

"Support among Republicans may have increased this year in response to the court's 5-4 decision in Hobby Lobby's favor," Gallup’s Rebecca Riffkin wrote. "At the same time, that decision likely cost the court some support from Democrats."

"Americans remain split on the job the Supreme Court is doing, and the current approval rating is on the low end of what Gallup has measured since it began asking the question in 2000. The biggest change in Americans' views of the court this year has been the flip in partisan approval."

The survey of 1,013 adults was conducted July 7-10, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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