Supreme Court's approval rating is sinking fast, even as justices insist they aren't partisans

Supreme Court justices.
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A recent Gallup poll showed President Biden's approval rating falling 6 percentage points in one month, to 43 percent. But the Supreme Court fared worse, sliding to a record-low 40 percent from 49 percent in July and 58 percent a year earlier. Disapproval of the high court hit a new high of 53 percent. In a Marquette University Law School poll, public approval of the Supreme Court dropped to 49 percent in September from 60 percent in July.

The Supreme Court's plummeting approval follows a handful of controversial "shadow docket" emergency rulings — without hearings or significant internal argument — overturning two Biden administration initiatives and, notably, allowing Texas' effective abortion ban to take effect over strident dissent from four of the nine justices. And it comes "as the court embarks Oct. 4 on one of the most potentially divisive terms in years," The Washington Post reports, with gun control, church-state separation, and the federal right to an abortion on the docket.

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