Many Americans are dissatisfied with the Supreme Court, but there are very few ways to rein in judges. The simpler option – expanding the court – has been unpopular for years, but in the wake of the court’s controversial decisions on weapons and abortion, have Americans changed their minds?
The current Supreme Court is really, really, very conservative. In just a week at the end of June, Republican-appointed judges overturned the constitutional right to abortion, drastically expanded gun rights, dealt a severe blow to the separation of church and state, made it easier for religious schools to get funding and limited the EPA’s ability to enact broad regulations to combat climate change.
These have been longstanding conservative priorities. And the judges delivered Alles of them.
So what now? We talk about the repercussions of all these cases in other videos, but taken together, the views are clearly changing the way Americans think about the court. Supreme Court approval fell after a draft opinion on quashing the right to abortion leaked in May, which hasn’t changed since the Supreme Court’s mandate expired, in fact, recent polls followed by FiveThirtyEight show that beyond half of Americans disapprove of what the court is doing.
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 conservative bias of the court. They have focused on preparing the courts on other forms of court reform, such as term limits, because adding judges is clearly within the powers of Congress. The Constitution says nothing about how big the Supreme Court should be and Congress has added or removed judges in the past. Duration limits, on the other hand, may actually be unconstitutional.
The problem for court reform advocates is that while term limits are popular, the addition of judges to the court? Not much. A poll conducted soon after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade found that 54 percent of Americans do this Not they want more judges added to the court, while 34 percent are in favor. Although, of course, there is a rather large partisan division.
Hence, it is possible that more speeches can be heard on the left of the courts, since the idea of adding more judges to the court is actually popular with Democrats. But a very important person, President Joe Biden, recently confirmed that he is not yet in favor of this. While Americans may be increasingly angry with the Supreme Court, it doesn’t look like it will be expanded anytime soon.