Right Handed Supreme Court

Has the Supreme Court of the United States moved too far to the right?  According to a recent poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News, the answer is yes.  The poll shows that the public’s opinion on this issue has changed significantly over the last two years.  Two years ago, only nineteen percent (19%) of those surveyed said the Supreme Court was too conservative.  Today, thirty-one percent (31%) of the public believe the Supreme Court is too conservative.  In the same time period, those who believe the Supreme Court is generally balanced in its decisions dropped from 55% to 47%.

These are important factors in light of the upcoming presidential election.  Since the President typically nominates Supreme Court justices based upon his political party’s social and economic agenda, citizens need to consider the Supreme Court when they consider presidential candidates.  President Bush has already changed the makeup of the Court with the appointments of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and if President Bush or an incoming Republican candidate gets to nominate another justice, the results of such a poll will see a continued trend toward those who believe the Supreme Court is too conservative.


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