Supreme Court sees lowest favorability ratings in 30 years of NBC polling

Over 40% of respondents have negative opinion of court, highest since polling began in 1992.

Updated: August 27, 2022 - 12:09pm

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The Supreme Court's favorability plummeted to new lows in a longtime NBC News poll, with record numbers of voters taking issue with the court shortly after it issued its repeal of Roe v. Wade, its most controversial opinion in decades.

A full 42% of respondents in NBC's "United States Supreme Court Image" poll reported a "negative" impression of the Supreme Court. That's the highest the survey has ever recorded during periodic queries since 1992. 

Thirty-five percent of respondents, meanwhile, reported a favorable rating, the second-lowest on the poll's record behind the 36% recorded in July of 1992. 

Just 22% of respondents reported a neutral impression of the court. 

The high unfavorability rating comes just several weeks after the court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending nearly 50 years of federalized abortion laws first instituted by the court in 1973. 

The unfavorability appears driven in large part by partisan response; as NBC reported, among demographics of respondents, "Democrats are at minus-51; independents are at minus-8; and Republicans are plus-36."