Response to Eric on Rasmussen Poll
Response to Eric on Rasmussen Poll
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May 23 2008 8:40 AM

Response to Eric on Rasmussen Poll

Good point, Eric , I had confused the respondents who had said they were "unfavorable" toward a justice with those who were "not sure," and it would be the latter group that would contain most folks who don't know any justices. The former group might contain people who couldn't produce justices on their own but were still willing to opine on them once given their names, but even if so, I see no reason to believe that those people would be less favorable to the justice they were asked to evaluate. I also like Dahlia's point that justices who are more visible as individuals tend to be more disliked. Is the lesson of this that the justices should "hand up" their Delphic pronouncements from a hole in New Hampshire?

Kenji Yoshino is Chief Justice Earl Warren professor of constitutional law at NYU School of Law and the author of Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial.

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