Supreme Court losing public support from left and right: poll David Shucosky at 12:40 PM ET
[JURIST] A new poll released by the Pew Research Center [public interest website] shows a reduction in favorable views of the the US Supreme Court on both sides of the political spectrum. According to the poll [full report] released Wednesday, 57 percent of Americans now have a favorable opinion of the Court; in January 2001, shortly after the ruling in Bush v. Gore, that number was 68 percent. Although support from Democrats declined in the wake of that ruling from 78 percent in May 1997 to 61 percent in January 2001 to 51 percent now, support from Republicans has also sharply dropped since. GOPers as a whole dropped their support from 80 percent to 64 percent, with those identifying themselves as conservative Republicans (as opposed to moderate or liberal) dropping from 78 percent to 59 percent. AP has more.
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