Rights & Realities 2023
JULY 31, 2023
Supreme Court data reveals increasing rates of partisan alignment
With a series of major decisions overturning decades of precedent, from eroding federal abortion rights to eliminating affirmative action, the U.S. Supreme Court’s legitimacy has been called into question. Among other factors, the perceived politicization of the Supreme Court — whose justices have voted directly along party lines on roughly nine percent of this term’s cases — have led to a sharp downturn in the court’s approval ratings.