As the country waits on several key rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court, the results of a new CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday showed that Americans have a mixed opinion of the high court.
The poll found that 48 percent of Americans approve of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job, while an equal 48 percent disapprove. Another 4 percent are undecided.
Moderates gave the Supreme Court the best rating, with 58 percent saying that they approve of the court's job performance. Fifty-three percent of liberals also said they approve.
Meanwhile, just 37 percent of conservatives approve of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job, while 58 percent disapprove.
The court's low approval rating among conservatives likely reflects last year's decision upholding the healthcare reform law known as Obamacare.
"Before that ruling, most conservatives supported the Supreme Court, compared to only 44% of liberals," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Now, most liberals approve of the court, with most conservatives saying they disapprove."
The release of the poll results comes as the Supreme Court prepares to release highly anticipated rulings on cases involving same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and the Voting Rights Act.
The poll showed that 55 percent of Americans think same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid with the same rights as traditional marriages, while 44 percent said they should not be recognized.
Sixty percent said the federal government should legally recognize the same-sex marriages that have been performed in states that allow them.
The survey also found strong opposition to affirmative action admissions programs at colleges and law schools that give racial preferences to minority applicants, with 68 percent saying they disapprove.
Seventy-eight percent of white respondents said they disapprove of affirmative action admissions programs, while 51 percent of non-white respondents approve.
The poll showed that Americans were more split on the Voting Rights Act, which was enacted in 1965 in orders to outlaw discriminatory voting practices.
While 50 percent of Americans said the Voting Rights Act is no longer necessary, 48 percent said the law remains necessary to make sure that blacks are allowed to vote.
The CNN/ORC survey of 1,014 adult Americans was conducted June 11th through 13th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
by RTT Staff Writer
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