Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Term Limits In Supreme Court

| by Sean Kelly

According to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos, most Americans support imposing a term limit on Supreme Court Justices. 

The poll showed that 66 percent of those polled voted in favor of imposing a 10-year term on the nine Supreme Court justices and abandoning lifetime terms, Sun Times Network reported. Only 17 percent of Americans voted in favor of lifetime terms.

Despite June’s major rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage being supported by most Democrats, 66 percent of them favored the 10-year term limit, while 74 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Independents agreed, according to Yahoo News.

Implementing such a limit would prove difficult, requiring an amendment to the Constitution. Though Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas — a 2016 presidential candidate — have welcomed the idea, Congress currently shows no sign of acting on the idea of imposing term limits. 

The poll also revealed that 48 percent of Americans supported the idea of justices being elected, rather than appointed by presidents and subject to confirmation by the Senate. Thirty-two percent of respondents backed the current appointment and confirmation process.

The poll surveyed 1,611 people between July 10 and July 17. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Sources: Yahoo News, Sun Times

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