Emerson Poll: Approval of Supreme Court, Congress Even Lower Than Biden The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on the final day of its term in Washington, D.C. on June 30. The Court issued its final opinions for the term, West Virginia v. EPA and Biden v. Texas. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
By Charlie McCarthy | Friday, 01 July 2022 09:40 AM EDT
Job-approval ratings for Congress and the Supreme Court are even worse than that for President Joe Biden, Emerson College Polling results said Friday.
Only 19% of voters approve of the job being done in Congress, with a whopping 70% disapproving, Emerson College Polling (ECP) found.
That was slightly better than the Supreme Court, which earned a job-approval rating of 36% and a disapproval-rating of 54%.
"Independent voters align more with Democrats on Supreme Court approval: 71% of Democrats and 58% of Independents disapprove of the job that the Supreme Court is doing whereas a majority, 56%, of Republicans approve of the job they are doing," ECP Executive Director Spencer Kimball said.
Biden, meanwhile, has just a 40% job approval — up two points from last month — and a 53% job disapproval.
Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, 59% of voters think Congress should pass a law legalizing the right to abortion nationwide, Emerson found.
The support for the legislation was higher among women, with 62% — compared to 55% of men — saying Congress should pass a law legalizing the right to abortion.
"While a majority, 65%, of Republicans oppose Congress passing a law to legalize the right to abortion, the policy has majority support among Democrats and Independent voters, 81% of Democratic voters and 58% of Independent voters support federal legislative action to legalize abortion," Kimball said.
Congressional legalization of the right to abortion has the highest support among voters aged 18-29 — 76% support a federal legalization of abortion.
That compared to 59% of voters aged 30-49, 50% of voters aged 50-64, and 56% of voters over 65.
The Emerson poll found that 46% of voters plan to vote for the Republican congressional candidate in the 2022 midterm elections while 43% plan to support the Democrat congressional candidate.
The Emerson survey also found that a majority (57%) said they or someone they knew have had an abortion.
The Emerson College Polling national poll of voters was conducted June 28-29 among 1,271 registered voters. The data sets were weighted by gender, region, age, education, and race/ethnicity based on 2022 turnout modeling.