Does the Supreme Court’s Declining Popularity Matter?

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“A recent Gallup poll finds that the Supreme Court’s approval rating has fallen to 40% (with 53% disapproving). This is the lowest rating the Court has had in the twenty years Gallup has been asking the question. Last year, when the Court’s approval rating reached a long-time high of 58%, I pointed out that its growing popularity makes it less vulnerable to political attacks intended to curb its influence, such as court-packing. Now that the Court has become much less popular, it’s only reasonable to ask whether the reverse is now true: Could its newfound unpopularity might make it more vulnerable to court-packing and other similar measures? I think the answer to this question is ‘”yes.'” (10/01/21)