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Liberals trust in Supreme Court plummets! Less than 25% of them would agree to have Steve Breyer housesit for them when they want on vacation!e

Actually, I think all we can say is that neither liberals nor consersvatives hold the U.S. Supreme Court in as high regard as they both hold scientists.

But the Court shouldn't feel bad.  Nearly everyone is less respected than scienitstis.




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Didn't Justice Breyer get robbed in his own vacation home by a machete-wielding home invader?

November 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Sailer

OK, people can not hold the Supreme Court in high regard. But what is the alternative? Ferguson? Venezuela? North Korea? Feudalism with us as the feudal lords?

November 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEric Fairfield


I don't think we can learn much from these data.

November 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

The most interesting thing in the graph is that "hardly any" confidence has a big spike right after Roe v. Wade which then goes away almost instantly from 76-77. Then with liberals "a great deal" has a pretty long lasting bump after Roe but barely changes with conservatives. Also interesting is that Roe seems to have had a temporary but radical affect on conservatives. The spike in hardly any drew directly from a great deal, it wasn't a linear slide back. I think there is also a connection with the long slide down in liberal confidence connected with the 2000 Bush v. Gore decision.

December 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

@Ryan-- yeah interesting to try to guess why peaks 7u valleys happen.

But doesn't it look like the happen in tandem for libs conservs? That essentially it is only intercept that is shifting & not difference?

That would make me think the movement is as likely to be related to some global effect on how rspts at time were rating all institutions 7 not necessarily antying S Ct did (maybe even some change in survey modality, although GSS has been pretty consistent about methods)

December 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan


In fact, check out the "Confidence in ..." graphics in this post for "major companies": same dip in "hardly any" at same time as for "Supreme court." so can't be Roe v. Wade (unless you think that affected confidence in multiple institutions, including ones having nothing to w/ law)

This is actually the major point of that very post-- that one has to look at *all* the data from "Confidence in ..." to draw inferences from variance in any 1 item!

December 3, 2014 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

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