Poll: Most Americans Don't Want Supreme Court Justices Appointed For Life

Published On: Oct 15 2012 11:50:54 AM CDT

The United States Supreme Court is back on the bench, following a controversial spring session that saw rulings on health care and immigration. This fall session will include more legal fireworks, with decisions expected on affirmative action, same-sex marriage, voting rights, and abortions.

Those up-coming landmark decisions, which will affect tens of millions of Americans, will be made by nine justices who are constitutionally appointed for life.

More than two-thirds of Americans think Supreme Court justices should be term-limited. That’s according to a survey by legal information website THELAW.TV (http://thelaw.tv), the largest website with video-based legal content. The survey found that only 68 percent of Americans think Supreme Court justices should receive lifetime appointments.

“Federal judges, including those on the Supreme Court, are the only American officials appointed for life. Many Americans seem troubled by the seemingly unaccountable nature of the job,” says Brian Albert, attorney and founder of legal information website THELAW.TV. “But, the framers of the Constitution did this to remove the justices from the typical pressures faced by politicians. Lifetime appointments have allowed the justices to make some of the most controversial decisions that have changed the course of our country.”

Other findings of THELAW.TV’s survey on public attitudes toward the high court:

The THELAW.TV survey was conducted using a demographically balanced internet-based survey of 400 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.