Nine years after the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the counting of ballots in Florida, its decision in Bush v. Gore appears to have had lasting effect on how the public views the justices.
A poll from C-SPAN asked voters whether the ruling affected their view of the Court. A substantial minority, 29%, said that the ruling did. And not surprisingly, those who said so saw the ruling as incorrect, as a sham or as an area the justices should have avoided altogether.(...or was it (d) "all of the above"?)
Even less surprisingly, only 52% of Americans polled knew that there is no constitutional requirement that the chief justice be a lawyer, 37% knew how many female justices have graced the Court (three), and 39% knew the correct number of African American justices in the Court's history (two).
Seems disappointing for the leaders of the free world, but I wonder - would third year law students fare any better?
Ed. Note: Well, 3Ls, do you?