Supreme Court ratings down in Pew poll

May 1, 2012, 7:46 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new survey finds the Supreme Court’s popularity is at a 25-year low, though still much higher than that of Congress.

The Pew Research Center says 52 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the court, the lowest rating since the group started asking Americans their view of the high court in 1987.

Even at 52 percent, the court ranks well ahead of Congress. In a January poll, just 23 percent of Americans said they view Congress favorably.

The court’s highest rating was in July 1994, when 80 percent of Americans reported holding a favorable view of it.

The poll on the court was conducted April 4-15 among a random national sample of 1,514 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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