July 11, 2018 | GBA Strategies, on behalf of Navigator Research
Our recent poll shows many Americans concerned about an unbalanced Supreme Court becoming too political and out of step with Americans. The right to an abortion as protected by
Roe v. Wade is a crucial consideration in evaluating the next Justice, but it is not the only one; knowing health care protections for people with pre-existing conditions won’t be overturned is also motivating. Further, Americans broadly worry about a politicized Court siding with corporate interests or presiding over the investigation into Trump’s campaign. No matter the subject area, it’s important to remember many Americans are unfamiliar with legal specifics, like the names of Court cases, the impact of a Roe v. Wade reversal, or even the total number of Justices. And concerns about the future of the Court are not limited to conservatives; Democrats find a variety of potential issues before the Supreme Court more important than do Republicans.
- Support for abortion rights is necessary, but not sufficient, for the next Justice
- Many are particularly worried about protections for pre-existing conditions being revoked
- Americans want a balanced Court, not a political Court
- Americans fear the Court could give special interests even more political influence