Whether a conflict deals with racial integration or abortion, school prayer or gay rights, flag burning or the right to die, the most polarizing controversies of today's politics often find a home in the courtroom as well as in the legislative chamber or candidate debate. This book examines these and other constitutional controversies by focusing on the opinions the American public has expressed in the last half century of polling on these issues. The data presented and analyzed here inform the debates in the respective literatures. The chapters that follow present public opinion data to describe what the American people have believed about these issues over the past half century and to infer from this how, if at all, court decisions have influenced the public's views.
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