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Americans Support Supreme Court Reforms


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A new survey from Morning Consult and Politico shows Americans support several reforms to the Supreme Court, and many say they’ve lost confidence in the nation’s highest judicial body.


The survey was taken shortly after a draft opinion was leaked showing the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade protecting the right to abortions.


Survey highlights:


The survey found 66% of U.S. adults support adding term limits for justices in light of the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe, while just 21% oppose them.

  • A similar amount of Americans say they approve of age limits for justices (64%), compared to 22% who disapprove.

  • A strong majority (57%) also supports balancing the Court with equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, while 28% disagree.


Substantial majorities of Americans also support binding justices to a code of ethics (73%) and adopting transparency measures like live-streaming oral arguments (75%).


Confidence:


In light of the leaked draft opinion, a slim majority (52%) say they still have confidence in the Court, though just 14% say they have “a lot of confidence.”

  • That compares to 26% who say they have “not much confidence” and 16% who say they have none at all.


Less support:


The survey failed to find majority support for expanding the size of the Court, though more Americans approve (45%) than disapprove (36%) of the idea.


It also found a slim majority (51%) disapproves of Congress using one of its express powers and limiting which cases the Court can hear, though over a third (37%) approves.


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