Poll: Conservatives don't think Roberts Court is conservative

A Pew Research survey finds that only 9 percent of conservative Republicans think the Court is conservative

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 25, 2013 5:31PM (EDT)

A national survey by the Pew Research Center unsurprisingly finds that perspectives on the Supreme Court's ideological leanings are closely linked with personal ideology, with only 9 percent of conservatives viewing the court as conservative.

Forty-five percent of conservative Republicans say the Supreme Court is liberal, while 39 percent say it's "middle of the road."

On the other side, 48 percent of liberal Democrats view the Roberts Court as conservative, 31 percent say it's middle of the road, and 15 percent say it's liberal.

According to Pew, overall, "A plurality (40%) now say the court is middle of the road, while 24% say it is liberal and about the same share (22%) says it is conservative."

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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