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“Americans’ perceptions of the court’s ideology have changed in recent years. A plurality of Americans, 42 percent, believe the Supreme Court’s ideology is ‘about right,’ but more believe it is ‘too liberal’ than ‘too conservative,’ ” says Gallup analyst Jeffrey Jones.

Between 40 and 42 percent of Republicans, Democrats and independents alike deem ideological leanings of the nation’s highest court “about right.” But 31 percent say the court is too liberal. Fifty percent of Republicans, 30 percent of independents and 5 percent of Democrats agree. On the other end of the spectrum, 20 percent say the court is too conservative; 3 percent of Republicans, 19 percent of independents and 37 percent of Democrats agree.

W’S GRADE

Former President George W. Bush is not quite finished with the nation’s schools. Mr. Bush has quietly issued a “Global Report Card” that rates the academic performance of U.S. students with those in other developed nations. The news is not good: The U.S. ranks 25th on a list of 34 countries.

“Sadly, the results show that most of America’s schools, including those in affluent suburban school districts, are mediocre when compared to the world’s schools,” says Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Foundation, which conducted the research.

See the report and compare the results of U.S. school districts with the rest of the world on a nifty interactive map. It’s all here: GlobalReportCard.org.

POLL DU JOUR

• 64 percent of Americans worry that their total family income will not be enough to meet their expenses and bills.

• 69 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats agree.

• 55 percent overall expect their income to “stay the same.”

• 59 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats agree.

• 28 percent overall expect their income to “get better.”

• 13 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Democrats agree.

• 17 percent expect their incomes will “get worse.”

• 28 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of Democrats agree.

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