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The American Public's Assessment of the Rehnquist Court

Herbert M. Kritzer

University of Minnesota Law School

Judicature, Vol. 89, No. 3, pp. 168-176, November-December 2005

This paper examines patterns of public approval and support for the Rehnquist Court over the year's of William Rehnquist's tenure as Chief Justice. The analysis draws on a variety of data series. The results of the analysis show that it is difficult to draw clear or strong conclusions about variations in public approval over time: specific patterns varied from series to series. While there appears to be a pattern of decline in support for the Court over the period of Rehnquist's leadership, it may be part of a broader decline in support for national governmental institutions. In the last years of Rehnquist's service, Republicans tended to have a higher level of support than did Democrats; while one might be inclined to attribute that to the public's reaction to Bush v. Gore, the overall patterns do not support that conclusion.

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Keywords: public opinion, Supreme Court, Rehnquist Court

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Date posted: June 6, 2006  

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Kritzer, Herbert M., The American Public's Assessment of the Rehnquist Court. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=906341

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University of Minnesota Law School ( email )
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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