The Washington Times - July 25, 2013, 09:34AM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s favorability rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time in almost 30 years of polling from the Pew Research Center.

Forty-eight percent of adults have a favorable view of the court, compared with 38 percent who have an unfavorable view, according to a newly-released survey.

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In March, before the court handed down high-profile decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act, a slim majority held a favorable view of the country’s highest court.

The fall has been especially precipitous among blacks: 61 percent viewed the court favorably in March compared with 44 percent in the most recent survey.

In June, the court invalidated a key metric in the 1965 Voting Rights Act used to determine which states and localities across the country are required to pre-clear their voting plans with the federal government because of a history of racial discrimination at the polls.

The survey of 1,480 adults, conducted July 17 through Sunday, has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.