The Justices of Supreme Court of the United States: stalwart guardians of the Constitution or a bunch of old people whose political opinions are a billion times more important than yours?
Just 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing and three-quarters say the justices' decisions are sometimes influenced by their personal or political views, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and CBS News.
Those findings are a fresh indication that the court's standing with the public has slipped significantly in the past quarter-century, according to surveys conducted by several polling organizations. Approval was as high as 66 percent in the late 1980s, and by 2000 approached 50 percent.
In other news, the Supreme Court has — in an historic 8-1 decision — found opinion polls about the Supreme Court to be meaningless on the grounds of Shut up, you can't fire us!
Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the sole dissenting opinion.
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