(USA Features) A large majority of Americans oppose Democratic efforts to “pack” the U.S. Supreme Court but most also support term limits for justices, according to a new survey.
According to an Ipsos poll conducted for Reuters found that 63% of adults backed supported term or age limits for Supreme Court justices, while 22% said they opposed any limits and the rest had no opinion.
Meanwhile, just 38% said they supported expanding the size of the court by adding four more justices, while 42% said they are opposed.
“Liberal activists and some legal scholars have been pushing for judicial reforms as Republican leaders in Congress built a 6-to-3 conservative Supreme Court majority over the past several years, in part by blocking a Democratic nominee and allowing Republican former President Donald Trump to install three picks during his single term,” Reuters reported.
Some conservatives have pushed back on the narrative regarding the court’s majority, pointing to several instances in recent years where Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, has sided with the court’s liberals.
On Thursday, a few Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill to expand the high court from nine, the number it has been set at since 1869, to 13, thereby giving President Joe Biden an opportunity to appoint four more left-leaning justices and regain control over the court.
The legislation came on the heels of Biden appointing a presidential commission to study the issue of expanding the court.
Congress has the power to expand the number of justices on the court but their lifetime tenure is established by the Constitution so that could only be changed by amending it.