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Poll: 40 Percent of Americans Think SCOTUS is Doing a Good Job

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Feb 2016 01:17 PM

Americans are giving the U.S. Supreme Court its highest approval rating in years, a new poll shows.

A Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday finds 40 percent of likely voters think the nation's high court is doing a good or excellent job – the highest rate SCOTUS has netted in nearly four years.

The survey also shows 15 percent rate the court's performance as poor, down dramatically from last summer's all-time high 33 percent – and the lowest finding in regular surveying since May 2010, the pollster reports.

The record negative rating last June came in the wake of court rulings on gay marriage and Obamacare tax subsidies.

Meanwhile, voters' attitudes about political leanings of the court haven't budged, the poll finds, with 33 saying it's too liberal, 24 percent saying it's too conservative and 33 percent saying its political bent is just right.

But, there's split over the political bent of the court concerning whether a nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia should be acted upon by the Senate, the poll finds.

According to the survey, 67 percent of those who think the Senate should block or reject President Barack Obama's nominee feel the court is too liberal; 40 percent of those who think the Senate should act an the president's nominee say the court's too conservative.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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