Only 44% Of Americans Believe The Supreme Court Should Follow The Constitutionby Doug Mataconis
The latest Rasmussen Poll asked Americans about their views on the Supreme Court and how it should interpret the Constitution, and the results aren’t all that encouraging:
As the Supreme Court begins a new term, 44% of Americans would counsel the justices to base their decisions “strictly upon what is written in the Constitution and legal precedents.” A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 38% say the Court’s decisions should be primarily guided by a sense of fairness and justice rather than strict constructionism.
Exactly what “fairness” and “justice” are and who defines them are, of course, left unstated. Which is precisely what’s wrong with a jurisprudence that pretends it can ignore the text of the Constitution and impose whatever values a particular Justice might see fit when interpreting what is supposed to be the governing document of the United States.