About 3 weeks ago CBS broke the story on Justice Roberts health care decision: “Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court’s four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations.” How did it affect his popularity?
CBS just released a poll. Most people are still unfamiliar with Roberts but among those who are they found the following: “Among self-identified conservatives, just nine percent have a favorable view of Roberts, who was appointed to the high court by President George W. Bush. Twice as many, 18 percent, have an unfavorable view. Among liberals, 13 percent have a positive view of Roberts while 8 percent have an unfavorable view. Twenty percent of moderates approve of the chief justice.”
The chief justice of our Supreme Court is run by news media followers and the CBS/NYT poll is all over it.