The Supreme Court is unpopular. But do Americans want change?

Many Americans are unhappy with the Supreme Court, but there are very few ways to rein in the justices. The simplest option — expanding the court — has been unpopular for years, but in the wake of the court’s controversial gun and abortion rulings, have Americans changed their minds?


The current Supreme Court is really, really, really conservative. In late June, in just one week, Republican-appointed judges struck down the constitutional right to abortion, dramatically expanded gun rights, dealt a blow to the separation of church and state, made it easier to secure public funding for religious schools and limited the EPA’s ability to issue blanket regulations to address climate change.

These are long-standing Conservative priorities. And the judges delivered the everything of them.

And now ? We talk about the repercussions of all these cases in other videos, but taken together, the opinions clearly change the way Americans think about the court. The Supreme Court’s approval fell after a draft version of the opinion nullifying abortion rights leaked in May. That hasn’t changed since the Supreme Court’s term ended — in fact, recent polls tracked by FiveThirtyEight show that more than half of Americans disapprove of what the court does.

Americans are losing faith in the Supreme Court. But do they really want to do something about it?

For years, progressives have pushed to increase the size of the Supreme Court to counter the court’s conservative tilt. They have focused on court packing rather than other forms of court reform — like term limits — because adding judges is clearly within the power of Congress. The Constitution says nothing about how big the Supreme Court should be, and Congress has added or removed justices in the past. Term limits, on the other hand, may in fact be unconstitutional.

The problem for proponents of court reform is that if term limits are popular, adding judges to the court? Not really. A poll taken just after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade revealed that 54% of Americans don’t not want more judges added to the court, while 34% are in favour. Of course, there is quite a partisan divide.

So it’s possible we’ll hear more talk of brokerage on the left — since the idea of ​​adding more justices to the court is actually popular among Democrats. But a very important person – President Joe Biden – recently confirmed that he is still not in favor of it. Even as Americans grow increasingly upset with the Supreme Court, it doesn’t look like it’s being expanded anytime soon.

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