Liberal demands to radically reform the Supreme Court may be gaining a foothold, with a majority of Americans now in favor of term limits for members of the nation’s highest court.
An Associated Press poll found that majorities of Republicans and Democrats support term limits or mandatory retirement for Supreme Court justices.
SCOTUS term limits?
All federal judges have lifetime tenure “in good behavior” under the Constitution. The purpose of lifetime tenure is to insulate the judiciary from undue political pressure.
But Democrats have complained that the Supreme Court is “illegitimate” and badly in need of reforms like term limits and court packing after a blockbuster term in which the justices overturned Roe V. Wade and upheld gun rights.
The AP found Americans warming to Supreme Court term limits, with 67 percent in favor. The idea is especially popular among Democrats, 82% of whom support it, but 57% of Republicans and 51% of independents are also in favor.
The poll found that 43% of Americans have “hardly any” confidence in the Supreme Court, an increase from 27% in April.
The drop in confidence was driven by Democrats, 64% of whom now have no confidence, a dramatic uptick from 27% in April.
But the poll also found that the Democratic party’s court-packing scheme remains unpopular, with 34% in favor and 34% against, and 32% offering no opinion.
Fifty-two percent of Democrats want court packing, compared to 33% of independents and 14 percent of Republicans.
The poll found that a narrow majority of 53% disapprove of the Supreme Court returning the issue of abortion to the states by repealing Roe v. Wade, while 30% approve, and 16% had no opinion.
According to Dems, the Supreme Court has become a threat to “democracy” because ending Roe V. Wade was unpopular. While it is important that the people have faith in the Supreme Court, it is not, nor was it meant to be, a mere legislature, subject to the preferences of voters.
The Supreme Court’s job is to faithfully interpret the Constitution, even if it means going against what’s popular.