The favorability rating of Chief Justice John Roberts is now significantly higher among Democrats than Republicans, according to a new poll from Gallup.
According to the survey, 27 percent of Republicans nationwide have a favorable view of Roberts, compared with 44 percent who have an unfavorable view. That represents a 40-point drop since 2005, when Gallup found that 67 percent of Republicans viewed Roberts favorably and only 4 percent viewed him unfavorably.
Democrats’ opinions of the chief justice have gone the other way. Fifty-four percent of Democrats view Roberts favorably, while 19 percent have an unfavorable view — a 19-point improvement since 2005. The poll represents the latest evidence of Republican bitterness toward Roberts, who joined the four liberal justices on the high court last month in upholding the Affordable Care Act.