Public Opinion and Politics at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s favorability¬†numbers have been falling steadily since 2000, when it issued its (infamous or not, depending on your perspective) decision in Bush v. Gore, which stopped the endless recounts and bickering over hanging chads, made George W. Bush President, and unwittingly set Al Gore on the path to fame and fortune. Currently, just over 50% of Americans have a favorable view of the Supreme Court, down from between 70 and 80 percent in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While it’s impossible to know the precise drivers of…