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Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:05 AM

1 in 3 Americans say they're open to abolishing or limiting the Supreme Court

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A surprisingly significant portion of Americans would like to see the Supreme Court become the “Subordinate Court,” according to new research. A recent poll conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania finds over a third of Americans “might be willing” to abolish the Supreme Court altogether or at least permit Congress to limit its power if it were to issue rulings either they or Congress disagree with.

Consisting of 1,008 participants, this research indicates a notable increase in the number of Americans are willing to consider doing away with or at least reducing the power of the nation’s highest court.

More specifically, the survey finds 34 percent of respondents told researchers “it might be better to do away with the court altogether” if it “started making a lot of rulings that most Americans disagreed with.” Another 38 percent believe that if Congress disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decisions, “Congress should pass legislation saying the Supreme Court can no longer rule on that issue or topic.”

“Respect for judicial independence appears to be eroding,” says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), in a university release. “The willingness of more than 1 in 3 Americans to entertain the idea of abolishing the court or stripping jurisdiction from it is alarming.”

https://www.studyfinds.org/abolishing-limiting-supreme-court/

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Reply 1 in 3 Americans say they're open to abolishing or limiting the Supreme Court (Original post)
TheProle Oct 2021 OP
lagomorph777 Oct 2021 #1
Fullduplexxx Oct 2021 #2
jimfields33 Oct 2021 #5
Fullduplexxx Oct 2021 #3
lagomorph777 Oct 2021 #4
FakeNoose Oct 2021 #6
Ocelot II Oct 2021 #7
Thomas Hurt Oct 2021 #8
GoodRaisin Oct 2021 #16
pidge Oct 2021 #9
Chin music Oct 2021 #10
sarisataka Oct 2021 #11
Walleye Oct 2021 #12
mopinko Oct 2021 #13
MineralMan Oct 2021 #14
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Oct 2021 #15

Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:08 AM

1. "Respect for judicial independence appears to be eroding" - Nope. Judicial independence is gone.

Respect for the partisan hacks in SCROTUS is what's eroding.

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:09 AM

2. Scotus is now a tool for the gop

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Response to lagomorph777 (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:11 AM

5. 34 percent is not enough. Nor even close to majority

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:09 AM

3. Congress has the power to limit the supreme court

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:11 AM

4. Yes. Also the power to expand it. We should do both.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:13 AM

6. Now that we know what the 3rd graders think, let's ask the high school kids

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:19 AM

7. I think the reason for a decrease in respect for judicial independence

is because the justices themselves aren't displaying much of it these days. The Constitution was structured so the court would be an independent and equal branch of government that had the power to restrain the other two branches if they exceeded their constitutional authority. The reason for judges' lifetime appointments was so they wouldn't be beholden to a particular party or the president who appointed them, enabling them to issue rulings contrary to political interests without fearing the consequences. Unfortunately the court has become more and more politicized and partisan, and far more inclined to favor a certain party because of their own partisanship - to the point where a few of the justices have made public statements insisting no, no, we aren't partisan! But why did they even think it was necessary to deny their partisanship if they hadn't been behaving like partisans?

It is alarming that so many people would favor limiting the power or jurisdiction of the court, but if the court's apparent partisanship means they can't be trusted to be neutral arbiters of the law, it's not surprising at all.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:20 AM

8. yeah, lets remove SCOTUS and then we will be that much closer...

to a one party totalitarian state. (rolls eyes)

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Response to Thomas Hurt (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 11:37 AM

16. My first thought as well.

Either expand it or apply term limits, or both, would go a long way in addressing the problems with the current make up of the court.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:22 AM

9. Only 1008 people interviewed........poor study to reach such a conclusion.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:37 AM

11. Also 1 in 2 Americans

Have intelligence below the national average...

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 10:43 AM

12. At this point, one in three Americans would like to abolish the entire government

At least they are speaking and behaving that way.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 11:03 AM

13. these seem like very slanted questions.

seems like people are saying- something needs to be done, but then they are only given choices that are extreme.
respect has fallen because the court has earned it. they dont seem to be differentiating between THIS court, the trump court, and the court in general.
i want to know WHICH rulings are pissing people off.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 11:04 AM

14. Well, since changing the Constitution requires 2/3 of both houses and 3/4 of states,

it looks like the Supreme Court isn't going to be abolished, eh?

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Oct 6, 2021, 11:27 AM

15. "The U.S. government is composed of three branches, with two serving as a check upon the other."

Civics 101 in high school. It doesn't say anything about sore losers having the power to arbitrarily change the rules so they (the GQP) will always get their way. That seems to be the way we're heading. Eventually it will be, "All Powers of the State are invested in the Chief Executive, whose decisions shall not be questioned."

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