Survey: What do Americans Think of the U.S. Supreme Court?

March 27, 2020
What Do You Think of the Supreme Court | First Liberty

by Liberty McArtor • 6 min read

Over the years, First Liberty has had incredible success when litigating cases before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), including last June’s historic Bladensburg decision.

And thanks to your ongoing support, our legal team continues to lead the fight in protecting and defending religious liberties for all Americans. Because of you, we’re safeguarding those hard-fought victories, as well as reclaiming even more religious freedom, for generations to come.

But now in 2020, opponents and activists are doubling-down in their effort to launch an All Out war on faith and religious liberty. That’s why First Liberty is going All In to ensure that we will continue to win more precedent-setting cases at the Supreme Court.

Considering that this year the Supreme Court will hear a number of critical cases that will directly affect your constitutional freedoms, it’s worth asking: What do Americans think of the highest court in our country?

In this special edition, our team takes a deeper look at a recent Pew Research Center survey that helps answer that question.

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  1. Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans view SCOTUS favorably.

    Pew’s data shows that 62% of Americans have a positive view of the Supreme Court. Looking more closely at their figures, the data shows that people of faith have a more favorable view than do their non-religious peers. For example, 69% of Christians view it favorably compared to 51% of those with no religious affiliation.

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  2. Most Americans view the Supreme Court as neutral toward religion.

    Did you think it was impossible for Americans across the political and religious spectrum to agree? Think again!

    According to Pew, 69% of U.S. adults say SCOTUS is neutral toward religion. That is the prevailing consensus among Democrats, Republicans, Christians and people with no religious affiliation.

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    While “neutrality” toward religion may sound negative to some, it isn’t. Supreme Court Justices should approach cases unbiased, their sole concern being to properly uphold the Constitution according to its original text and meaning. And the Constitution’s original intent is crystal clear that Americans’ right to live out their faith cannot be infringed. Certainly, you don’t have to be biased toward a particular religion or political party to understand that.

  3. SCOTUS appointments are a major factor for Americans during presidential elections.

    As many of you know, the president wields the power to appoint Supreme Court Justices, which has a lasting impact in the rulings the Court issues pertinent to religious liberty. So it should come as no surprise that in the 2016 election, for example, Supreme Court appointments were very important. Nearly two-thirds (or 65%) of registered voters responded saying Supreme Court nominees rank far above other issues, such as trade or environmental policy.

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SCOTUS Watch: Pending Cases Affecting Your First Freedom

Throughout the past several years, the Supreme Court has handed down several key rulings that have helped restore and reclaim religious liberty for people of all faiths.

And this year, the Court is once again presented with several cases that could help deliver major victories for the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans.

Here’s a quick preview of a number of religious liberty cases currently pending at SCOTUS:

  • Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue: Montana’s revenue department banned families from using a tax-credit scholarship program for religious schools, even though the tax-credit could be used for other private, non-religious schools. The outcome of this case will determine whether states are allowed to discriminate against faith-based schools and organizations.
  • Little Sisters of the Poor v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: In 2018, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services created an exemption relieving religious organizations of the burden to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs for employees. But California and Pennsylvania sued the federal government over that exemption. Now, the Catholic nuns at Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court, fighting for their right to serve the community without violating their conscience.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru; St. James Catholic School v. Biel: This case concerns something called the “ministerial exception,” a legal doctrine protecting churches’ right to choose their ministers. Throughout our history, the decision of who is a minister has been between a church and its members, not that of the government. Hopefully the Court will uphold this important precedent, sending the message that government should stay out of the church’s business.

Survey: What Do You Think of the U.S. Supreme Court?

With the stakes for religious liberty at an all-time high, will you take 10 seconds to fill out this survey? Please let us know your opinion of the Supreme Court.

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