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More than three-quarters of likely voters oppose protests at homes of Supreme Court justices, survey

Protests follow leaked opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating he, other conservative justices will rule on abortion case that will reverse Roe v. Wade

May 10, 2022 2:50pm

Updated: May 10, 2022 4:08pm

Nearly 79% of likely voters do not approve of protesting in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices as "an acceptable way to protest the High Court's upcoming decision on Roe v. Wade," according to a new poll from the Trafalgar Group in conjunction with Convention of States Action.

Among Democrats, two-thirds (66.6%) of likely general election voters said the protest at justices' homes are unacceptable, and 12% were unsure.

Among Republicans, 86.5% said the protests were inappropriate. And roughly 75% of independents said they disapproved of the protests that occurred after the addresses of the justices were published. 

The protests follow the publication last week of a leaked opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that indicates he and other judges in the court's conservative majority are ready to rule on a case that will consequently reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that gave women the constitutional right to an abortion. 

The poll was taken from Friday through Sunday among 1,082 respondents with a 2.99%. margin of error.

Democrat President Joe Biden on Monday publicly opposes the protests, which have been staged in front of the homes of Justices Alito, and Bret Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Also according to the poll, more than half of respondents (52.3%) said  "the Biden administration's refusal to publicly condemn abortion activists publishing home addresses of U.S. Supreme Court Justices and calling for protests at their private homes will encourage" those protesting to potentially becoming "unlawful or violent."

Just over one-quarter (27.7%) of Democrats agreed with the aforementioned statement, as did three-quarters (75.6%) of GOP voters. More than half of independents (54.7%) agreed that the administration's failure to condemn the activists would encourage unlawful or illegal protests. 

"These numbers make it clear that the Biden administration’s refusal – both to forcefully condemn these illegal demonstrations and to enforce laws protecting Justices of the United States Supreme Court – is wildly unpopular with voters," said Convention of States Action president Mark Meckler.

"While this poll cannot measure the outrage that Americans feel because of this politically-driven double standard of injustice, in which supporters of a radical leftist agenda can essentially do whatever they want while good citizens suffer, voters’ outrage will be expressed at the polls in November," he also said.

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