Considering the partisanship and mudslinging involved in approving a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, many readers might find it surprising that most Americans think the high court is doing a fine job, and that the Court is neither too liberal nor too conservative.

According to a just released Gallup poll, 61 percent of Americans approve of the way the Court handles its job — “among the most positive ratings the court has received in the past decade,” according to Gallup (the disapproval rate is 28 percent). As for political ideology, 50 percent of Americans describe the Court as “about right” (last year, 43 percent thought it was “about right”).

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