- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 10, 2014

Despite low public profiles and a mission ideally dictated by justice and protocol, the U.S. Supreme Court has not escaped public scrutiny. The nation pays particular attention when high profile cases draw media attention, and controversy. And now the public has weighed in on the court itself.

A new survey finds that 60 percent of Americans now say the entire Supreme Court “gets too mixed up in politics.” Another 59 percent say court decisions favor “some groups more than others.”

And the overall approval rating and trust quotient? It is so-so: 44 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the court, while 42 percent trust the court to make decisions that are “right for the country as a whole.”

These findings are from a YouGov/Economist survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted July 5-7.

And about a pair of those recent high profile cases: 65 percent of Americans approve of the Supreme Court decision that ruled unions could not require some nonunion members to pay union fees; 18 percent did not approve.

Another 47 percent approve of the court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision; 41 percent disapprove.

And while public opinion is mixed, Americans would rather live with their justices than without them.

The poll also found that only 27 percent say it would be better “to do away” with the court if Americans disagreed with most of its rulings.