Poll: Voters Don’t Like Supreme Court Leak—or Restructuring the Judiciary


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Several recent polls suggest that voters are not particularly enamored of the Supreme Court, nor its draft opinion to overturn. Roe v. Wade, which was recently leaked to Politico. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Americans want to change the judiciary. Encouraging findings from a new Mason-Dixon poll suggest that US registered voters – including the majority of independents – want the Court to continue under its current structure, but no more leaked draft comments.

The survey of 1,100 registered voters was commissioned by the First Liberty Institute and conducted from May 13 to May 18. This column will provide the usual disclaimer that polling is over Reasoning is not an exact science, if it is even a science. But Mason-Dixon tends to be among the most accurate of voters, receiving an A from survey site FiveThirtyEight.com

In recent years, elected Democrats have become fashionable to declare our constitutional republic broken whenever it fails to produce the political results they desire. When elections don’t go their way, many on the left think it’s time to abolish the Electoral College. When court decisions let them down, they realized the need for more Supreme Court justices. But the hopeful results from Mason-Dixon show that voters disapprove of serious structural change. Among the questions in the new poll:

Do you support or oppose amending the US Constitution to change the structure of the US Supreme Court?

Only 26% of respondents expressed support while 64% opposed and 10% undecided. Among nonpartisan voters, the results were roughly the same. Only 27% of independents support such a change while 63% oppose. A related question revealed similar feelings:

For more than 150 years, the United States Supreme Court has had nine justices. “Court packing” is generally defined as increasing the number of Supreme Court seats, primarily to change the ideological balance of the court. Are you for or against “court packing”?

Changing the number of seats of the Supreme Court received the support of only 24% of respondents, with 65% opposed. Among independents, the numbers are similar – 28% are in favor and 65% are against.

While it may be hard to believe looking at the wide variety of US media, there are still a large number of Americans who value the Court and its traditions. Another survey question was asked:

Within the past two weeks, a draft opinion being circulated regarding a major case before the US Supreme Court has been leaked to the media, which has never happened before in history. this country. Do you agree or oppose this release of documents by the Supreme Court?

Only 19% approved while 73% overwhelmingly disagreed, again with independents making up the majority. A full 71% of independents disapprove of leaks.

“This is a resounding message — the American people don’t want the Court to pack. They don’t want to leak. They strongly deny these attacks on the Courts and our rule of law,” said First Liberty President Kelly Shackelford.

Let’s hope that’s true. The poll also found that recent events have caused voters to have a less favorable opinion of the Court, although it is unclear if that has more to do with the Court’s legal reasoning. or Court leaks.


James Freeman is co-author of “The Cost: Trump, China, and America’s Resurgence”.


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