Are SCOTUS Justices Motivated By Political Beliefs? Most Americans Say Yes

By Mark Gruber | Monday, 23 May 2022 12:00
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A recent poll revealed that most people think Supreme Court justices are driven by politics and support term limits for the position.

A national poll from Quinnipiac University reported Thursday that 63% of respondents said the court is primarily powered by politics, while 69% said there ought to be term limits placed on justices.

Seventy-seven percent of Democrats and 69% of Republicans supported term limits for justices. When it came to motivations, 86% of Democratic respondents cited politics, while 59% of Republican respondents said the justices' main motivation is the law.

Quinnipiac asked 1,586 adults from May 12-16, 1,421 of whom were registered voters.

The poll also discovered that 41% of respondents were more likely to vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights, while 18% were more likely to vote for a candidate who is anti-abortion.

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This comes just weeks after a draft opinion was leaked from the Supreme Court that indicates a likely reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

According to the poll, 85% of people predicted an economic recession in the next year, and 63% disapproved of President Joe Biden's handling of the economy. Meanwhile, 75% were worried about the United States being dragged into the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and 50% disapproved of Biden's actions during the match.

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As a result, 47% of people wanted to see a Republican-majority House of Representatives after the midterm elections. Last month, only 45% wanted a Republican majority.

After Elon Musk raised the prospect of allowing former President Donald Trump back on Twitter if Musk's deal to buy Twitter is completed, a majority of Americans (54 percent) think Trump should be allowed to be back on Twitter, while 38 percent think he should continue to be banned from Twitter, and 8 percent did not offer an opinion.

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While 89 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of independents think Trump should be allowed to be back on Twitter, 80 percent of Democrats think he should continue to be banned from Twitter.

1,586 U.S. adults nationwide were surveyed from May 12th - 16th with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. The survey included 1,421 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Doug Schwartz, Ph.D. since 1994, conducts independent, non-partisan national and state polls on politics and issues. Surveys adhere to industry best practices and are based on random samples of adults using random digit dialing with live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones.

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