Americans’ trust in the Supreme Court dipped to an historic low in September, when only 40 percent of respondents in a Gallup poll said they approved of the court. Many began questioning its legitimacy after the GOP-led Senate blocked Merrick Garland's nomination to the court by President Barack Obama. Since then, the balance of the court has shifted to a 6-3 conservative majority because of President Donald Trump's three appointments, one of which filled the seat for which Garland was nominated. This shift ultimately resulted in rulings overturning the right to an abortion, rolling back portions of the Voting Rights Act and curbing the federal government's authority to limit carbon emissions. Some observers say such rulings correct earlier court errors or properly check government power. ...

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