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Poll: Supreme Court favorable rating near all-time low

Poll: Supreme Court favorable rating near all-time low
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 8:31am

As the Supreme Court hears two high profile cases involving same-sex marriage this week, a new national poll indicates Americans' favorable views of the high court remain near an all-time low.

According to a Pew Research Center survey, 52% of the public have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, with 31% saying they have an unfavorable view of the high court.

The 52% favorable rating is up a point from last July, soon after the justices' ruling upholding most of the controversial Affordable Care Act, known by many as Obamacare. That was an all-time low in Pew polling on the court dating back to 1985.

Meanwhile, unfavorable views have dropped five percentage points since last summer.

Nearly half of Republicans questioned (47%) say they have a positive opinion of the Supreme Court, up nine points from last summer but still below their views of the court prior to the ruling on the national health care law.

The survey indicates that Democrats' positive views of the court dropped eight points since last summer, to 56%. Independent voters' opinions of the court have changed little since last summer.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted March 13-17, with 1,501 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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