Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Legal Scholars Don't Understand the Electorate

This chart, published in the Washington Post (here, and originally published by the Pew Polling Center, here), is taken as proof of how out of touch citizens are with the Supreme Court.

To me, the real surprise is that anyone would have expected Americans to be better informed about the men and women who wield the power of constitutional interpretation. It is yet another symptom of the great divide between ordinary Americans and "elites" (in scare quotes because, as between the two groups, I prefer not to stigmatize the later).

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