We develop and assess an account of ideological asymmetries in public support for the Supreme Court. We find that specific support for the Supreme Court is more strongly negatively related to perceptions that the Court is overly liberal than perceptions that the Court is overly conservative. Our findings provide a more complete theoretical account of dynamics in specific support for the Supreme Court and indicate a mechanism behind the recent decline in the Supreme Court’s public standing.
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The authors are grateful to Valerie Hoekstra, Jonathan Nash, Kjerston Nelson, Jim Rogers, Amy Steigerwalt, and several anonymous referees for their valuable feedback on earlier iterations of this manuscript. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
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- Supreme Court
- public opinion
- specific support