Poll: Most Americans Want to Yank SCOTUS' Job for Life

Poll finds 2 in 3 favor mandatory retirement age, and/or term limits
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2022 2:34 AM CDT
Updated Jul 25, 2022 6:33 AM CDT
Most Americans Favor SCOTUS Term Limits: Poll
The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 14, 2022.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

About 2 in 3 Americans say they favor term limits or a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll that finds a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans saying they have “hardly any” confidence in the court, the AP reports. The poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 67% of Americans support a proposal to set a specific number of years that justices serve instead of life terms, including 82% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans. Views are similar about a requirement that justices retire by a specific age.

The poll was conducted just weeks after the high court issued high-profile rulings including stripping away women’s constitutional protections for abortion and expanding gun rights. The poll also shows more Americans disapprove than approve of the court’s abortion decision, with just over half saying the decision made them “angry” or “sad.” In the prior poll, conducted in April before a draft of the court’s Roe v. Wade decision was leaked, 18% said they had a great deal of confidence, 54% said they had only some and 27% said they had hardly any. Now, 17% say they have a great deal of confidence, 39% only some, and 43% hardly any. (More US Supreme Court stories.)

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