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No, but changes to society and current trends in state courts and legislatures are often considered, and these may reflect the will of the people. Public opinion is not a direct factor in deciding cases.

The Constitution attempted to insulate justices from populist pressures through (pseudo) non-partisanship and lifetime appointment. Supreme Court decisions are supposed to respect the rule of law, and constitutional interpretation, not popular sentiment.

The justices don't publicly discuss cases at bar until they release their decision, and they never hold press conferences, so their exposure to the public is deliberately limited.

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