Around 2 in 3 people favor term limits for Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll that indicates a growing divide in opinion of the high court after its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last month.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they support justices serving a specific number of years on the court, per a new poll from the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
A majority of Democrats and Republicans favor term limits, with 82% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans expressing support for the proposal. Respondents also had similar views about a requirement for justices to retire at a specific age.
Supreme Court justices serve as long as they wish, with many serving on the court for decades. Justice Clarence Thomas is currently the oldest member of the court, at 74 years old, followed by Justice Samuel Alito, who is 72.
Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, the two most recent justices to die, were both still on the bench at the time of their deaths.
Meanwhile, there is a partisan split between those who approved of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, with 63% of Republicans approving and 80% of Democrats disapproving. Overall, 53% of respondents disapproved of the court’s decision, while 30% approved and 16% did not say.
Public confidence in the court has remained diminished in recent months, with 43% of respondents saying they have “hardly any” confidence in the court, which is up 27% from three months prior.
The poll was conducted with 1,085 adults from July 14-17 using NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.