Sunday, July 1, 2012

Obvious: Public Opinion of the Supreme Court Turns More Negative After Obamacare Ruling

Chief Justice Roberts caved to pressure from Obama and sided with he liberals in a 5-4 upholding of Obamacare. He wrote what must be the flimsiest decision ever by a Supreme Court Justice. He argues the government can't punish you with a penalty for inaction, but they can punish you with a tax. He then rewrote the penalty in Obamacare as a tax to help the Democrats out. Some have tried to defend him by claiming this was an attempt to uphold the reputation of the court as apolitical in the eyes of Americans. This Rasmussen Poll shows that strategy is complete failure.
Public opinion of the Supreme Court has grown more negative since the highly publicized ruling on the president’s health care law was released. A growing number now believe that the high court is too liberal and that justices pursue their own agenda rather than acting impartially.

A week ago,  36% said the court was doing a good or an excellent job. That’s down to 33% today. However, the big change is a rise in negative perceptions. Today, 28% say the Supreme Court is doing a poor job. That’s up 11 points over the past week.

The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on Friday and Saturday following the court ruling, finds that 56% believe justices pursue their own political agenda rather than generally remain impartial. That’s up five points from a week ago. Just half as many -- 27% -- believe the justices remain impartial. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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