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Gallup: More Dems Favor Roberts, Kennedy Than Conservatives

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Chief Justice John Roberts, left, and Justice Anthony Kennedy. (REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool)

By    |   Friday, 17 Jul 2015 02:18 PM

John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, has become more popular with Democrats than Republicans despite his conservative views.

According to the results of a Gallup poll, 37 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of Roberts, compared to just 23 percent of Republicans. That equates to a net favorable rating from the left of +22 percent.

Roberts was appointed to the court by President George W. Bush. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, another conservative and an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, has also seen his stock among Republicans plummet. The Gallup data shows he is favored more by Democrats (36 percent) than Republicans (18 percent).

Both Roberts and Kennedy sided with the court's overall decision to uphold the subsidies portion of Obamacare in a crucial Supreme Court case, while Kennedy was in the court's majority when he ruled in favor of making same-sex marriage legal across the nation.

Both cases were polarizing and divided the country, and it appears conservatives have shown their distaste for the left-leaning decisions by showing less support for Roberts and Kennedy.

Another Reagan appointee to the court, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, voted against both cases and remains more popular with conservatives than liberals, 35 percent to 22 percent.

The Gallup data shows that between 44 percent and 49 percent of Americans polled hold no opinion of the three judges.

Republican candidates for president criticized the court for the outcomes of the Obamacare and gay marriage cases last month.

"Today's decision in King v. Burwell is judicial activism, plain and simple. For nakedly political reasons, the Supreme Court willfully ignored the words that Congress wrote, and instead read into the law their preferred policy outcome," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said of the Obamacare case. "These judges have joined with President Obama in harming millions of Americans. Unelected judges have once again become legislators, and bad ones at that. They are lawless, and they hide their prevarication in legalese."

Regarding the gay marriage case, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called the ruling a "grave mistake."

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