New polling indicates that Americans support drastically reforming the Supreme Court

New polling indicates that Americans support drastically reforming the Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court, 2021

A Morning Consult poll conducted Tuesday finds strong majority support for expanding the U.S. Supreme Court, and term limits for its justices. It also finds strong majority support for a federal law protecting a woman’s right to choose.

Larry Sabato, the noted director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics (not related to Morning Consult) weighed in, calling the results on expanding the court and term limits a “big change.”

Sabato points to this Politico Playbook report on the poll that reads (direct quote):

  • Expanding the number of justices on the court: Fifty-five percent approve; 36% disapprove. Net approval: +19
  • Term limits for justices: Sixty-six percent strongly or somewhat approve; 21% strongly or somewhat disapprove. Net approval: +45

Politico Playbook also reported from the poll, conducted “entirely” after Politico published the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade (again, below is a direct quote):

  • Fifty-seven percent of voters want SCOTUS to support abortion rights, 28% hope it opposes them, and 15% don’t know or have no opinion. Net support: +29
  • Fifty-six percent of voters believe abortion should be legal in “most” or “all cases.” Twenty-five percent of voters said they think abortion should be legal in all cases, 31% said legal in most cases, 24% said illegal in most cases, 11% said illegal in all cases, and 9% either don’t know or had no opinion. Net support: +21
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