Blacks View Supreme Court Less Favorably Since End-of-Term Rulings

Approval has fallen from 61 percent to 44 percent.

Posted: 08/02/2013 09:46 AM EDT

Favorability among African-Americans of the U.S. Supreme Court has fallen from 61 percent to 44 percent, according to a Pew Research Center July survey, following the high court's end-of-term rulings.

In March 2013, African-Americans were the most favorable of the Supreme Court compared to other racial groups. That month 24 percent of Blacks surveyed were unfavorable, but by July, 41 percent said they were unfavorable.

The downward turn of Black favorability of the Supreme Court comes with their controversial ruling to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act in June. The high court said Congress needs to update the act as the provisions no longer reflect race relations in the present-day south.

The justices found it unconstitutional to subject jurisdictions with a history of blocking Black voters from casting ballots to pre-clearance in the present day.  

White favorability of the Supreme Court remained the same from March to July at 49 percent. But unfavorability for whites went up two points from 35 to 37 percent.

Hispanics' view of the court has moved in a similar direction as African-Americans. 58 percent were favorable five months ago, but that number fell to 51 percent as of last month. Unfavorability jumped from 25 percent to 37 percent between March and July for Hispanics. 

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