A new Rasmussen survey released Tuesday reveals a majority of likely voters oppose the idea of expanding the Supreme Court to 13 justices, but a majority of identified Democrats support the notion.
According to the Rasmussen survey, 55 percent of likely voters oppose adding seats to the high court, a move that would allow Joe Biden and the Democrats to appoint four more liberal justices to outnumber the current conservative majority. Thirty-three percent of survey respondents favor adding to the court, and 13 percent are not sure.
Rasmussen said the survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on April 15 and 18. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Breaking the question down along party lines is revealing. According to Rasmussen, 56 percent for Democrats approve of expanding the court, including 29 percent who strongly approve.
However, 74 percent of Republicans disapprove, including 70 percent who strongly disapprove. Among Independents, 59 percent disapprove.
Once again, a Rasmussen survey has shown Democrats out of step with the rest of the population.
As earlier reported, the Second Amendment Foundation released a statement after Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, New York Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Mondaire Jones, and Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson announced the “Judiciary Act of 2021.” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb called the proposal “an outrage.”
Responding to Nadler’s claim this not an attempt to pack the court, Gottlieb said bluntly, “That’s a lie, and they know it.”
According to Rasmussen, 50 percent of survey respondents support term limits for Supreme Court justices, while 35 percent oppose that idea.
The catalyst for this sudden push was former President Donald Trump’s success at filling federal court vacancies including those on the Supreme Court, with conservative jurists. His three appointments to the high court changed the balance of power on the court, and Democrats apparently are worried about that. According to Gottlieb, what they fear most is the potential that this court could accept Second Amendment cases and issue rulings favorable to gun rights, including an affirmation that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, and that the amendment protects semi-auto modern sporting rifles.
These survey results follow by no small coincidence earlier coverage of Gottlieb’s reaction to the court-packing controversy at CFL.
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Almost immediately after Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate last fall, Democrats started talking about adding seats. It was considered “sour grapes” by various conservative observers.
Trump’s greatest legacy may turn out to be his filling of federal court vacancies. He named some 200 judges to the lower district and appellate courts during his four-year term, including the three nominations to the Supreme Court. Appointments to federal courts are for life, so the impact of Trump’s appointments will be felt for several years.
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