The survey of 1,019 registered voters conducted from July 13th to the 15th found that 62 percent of respondents want the ability to vote off justices of the Supreme Court. Thirty-four percent said they did not want elections for Supreme Court justices. Three percent were undecided.
When asked about the direction of the Supreme Court, 45 percent of respondents felt that the court is becoming too liberal compared to only 34 percent saying it’s about right. Previous polling conducted by FOX News in 2003 found that 30 percent of Americans felt the Supreme Court was too liberal.
Supreme Court justices, along with all federal judges, are appointed to lifetime terms. Seventy-two percent of respondents supported term limits on justices. Twenty-five percent only supported allowing justices to retire when they wanted to. When compared to past polls in 2005 and 2010, support for term limits increased by seven percent.
Tuesday’s poll was the first survey released on the Supreme Court since two major decisions were released on June 26th. One important decision came in King v. Burwell. The court ruled 6 to 3 that subsidies to purchase health insurance on Healthcare.gov can be used on the federally run exchanges, despite language in the Affordable Care Act says that subsidies can be used only for state exchanges.
Forty-one percent of the poll’s respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 37 percent of respondents were identified as Republicans, while 20 percent were identified as “independents.”