A new Gallop poll shows that Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.’s approval ratings have dipped far below what they were in 2005, when he took the center seat on the Supreme Court’s bench. Now, 39 percent of Americans polled have a favorable opinion of Roberts, 29 percent have an unfavorable opinion, and 31 percent either have no opinion or no idea of who the man is.
Compare that to seven years ago, when Roberts enjoyed a 50 percent favorability rating, just 17 percent of folks viewed him unfavorably, and 33 percent either didn’t know or didn’t care.
The poll, taken after Roberts cast the deciding vote to uphold the majority of the federal health care law, could reflect a sharp decline in Republicans’ esteem for Roberts. Roberts favorability ratings dipped a sharp 40 percent among members of the GOP.