Chief Justice Roberts Receives Low Approval Ratings from Republicans, Conservatives

By Published on July 8, 2015

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling, conservatives aren’t John Roberts’ biggest groupies.

Half of Republicans and 55 percent of self-identified conservatives disapprove of Chief Justice John Roberts’ job in the Supreme Court, according to a recent Morning Consult poll. Only 29 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of conservatives approve of his job performance.

Roberts, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005, has written two major opinions concerning the Affordable Care Act, including the recent King v. Burwell decision, which established that states with federal exchanges could legally offer Affordable Care Act subsidies.

Since this decision, Roberts has openly faced criticism from conservatives including columnist George Will and radio show host Rush Limbaugh. Will said Roberts’ decision “facilitates what has been for a century progressivism’s central objective, the overthrow of the Constitution’s architecture.”

The poll revealed that 45 percent of registered voters approve of the Supreme Court’s decision on the case.

Although many Republicans currently do not view Roberts favorably, Democrats have a different perspective. According to the poll, 51 percent of self-identified Democrats and 57 percent of liberals approve of his job performance. Approximately 20 percent of Democrats and liberals disapprove of Roberts’ performance.

Roberts wasn’t always received well by Democrats. As a junior senator in 2005, President Obama voiced his concerns about Roberts on the Senate floor.

“I ultimately have to give more weight to his deeds and the overarching political philosophy that he appears to have shared with those in power than to the assuring words that he provided me in our meeting,” Obama said. “I hope that I am wrong.”

Ultimately, Roberts won the Senate confirmation in 2005 by a margin of 78-22. The 22 senators who voted against Roberts were all Democrats.

Morning Consult polled 1,976 registered voters from June 26 through June 29 to compile these results with a margin of error of 2 percent.


Copyright 2015 The Daily Signal.



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