Ipsos Poll: Majority of Americans Support Ceasing Lifetime Supreme Court Appointments

Ipsos Poll: Majority of Americans Support Ceasing Lifetime Supreme Court Appointments
According to a new Ipsos poll for Reuters, a preponderance of Americans want to cease lifetime appointments for U.S. Supreme Court justices. However, a splinter group supports reforming the judiciary.

The national opinion poll, conducted on Thursday and Friday, found 63% of adults supported term or age limits for Supreme Court justices. Another 22% said they opposed any limitations, and the rest did not express an opinion.

The poll also found that only 38% would support expanding the size of the court by adding four more justices. Another 42% said they would oppose doing so, and the rest were unsure.

Liberal activists and some legal scholars have been pushing for judicial reforms as Republican leaders in Congress built a 6-to-3 conservative Supreme Court majority over the past several years, in part by blocking a Democratic nominee and allowing Republican former President Donald Trump to install three picks during his single term.

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Democratic lawmakers introduce the Judiciary Act of 2021 aimed at expanding the US Supreme Court from nine to thirteen justices.(Reuters)

Some Democratic lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to expand the Supreme Court to 13 justices, a move that they believe would restore public confidence in the judicial branch. But the party's leadership appeared cool to the idea of pursuing that course.

President Joe Biden has formed a bi-partisan committee to look at the merits of adding justices and other potential reforms to the court.

While Congress has the power to change the number of justices who sit on the court, legal scholars believe it would likely require a constitutional amendment to end their lifetime appointments.

The poll found that only 49% of Americans have a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of confidence in decisions made by Supreme Court justices. In comparison, 43% of respondents expressed a similar amount of trust in decisions made by the White House, and 32% said the same about decisions made by Congress.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. The survey gathered responses from 1,003 adults. The results have a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.

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