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

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 25:  Supporters of the Voting Rights Act listen to speakers discussing today's rulings outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on June 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which aimed at protecting minority voters, is unconstitutional. The high court convened again today to rule on some high profile decisions including two on gay marriage and one on voting rights.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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

Following the Supreme Court's end-of-term rulings, favorability among African-Americans of the high court has fallen from 61 percent to 44 percent, according to a Pew Center Research poll.

Published August 2, 2013

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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(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Written by Natelege Whaley


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