The Supreme Court Justices of the United States sit for a formal group photo in the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Justices are (front row from left) Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John G. Roberts (Chief Justice), Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg; (back row from left) Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Sameul Alito and Elena Kagan, the newest member of the Court. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo
The approval rating is down from 52 percent approval in a poll done in March before the court's decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Voting Rights Act, Pew said.
Pew found the greatest change in approval came from black Americans, 61 percent of whom viewed the Supreme Court favorably in March. Forty-four percent of blacks view the court favorably in the most recent poll.
Fifty-four percent of Democrats, 48 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of independents view the court favorably. The partisan gap has narrowed since a poll last July in which 64 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of Republicans viewed the court favorably.
Pew Research Center interviewed 1,480 adults July 17-21. The survey had a 3 percentage point margin of error.