Poll: Majority Opposes Expanding Supreme Court Even after Abortion Ruling

Washington Examiner

Although many people have expressed their disapproval of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade , a majority is still wary of expanding the number of justices appointed to the high court.

Only one-third of voters would be in favor of expanding the Supreme Court beyond its nine seats, while 54% said they would oppose the move, according to an NPR/ PBS NewsHour /Marist poll published Monday. The opinion is largely split along party lines, with 62% of Democrats in favor of expanding the court and 90% of Republicans opposed. Fifty-seven percent of independents oppose it.

Confidence in the Supreme Court has also fallen since Roe was overturned, a landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Only 39% said they have either a great deal or “quite a lot of confidence” in the Supreme Court, down from 40% who said the same in May. That number is a steep drop from 2019, when 60% of voters said they had confidence in the court.

More people have said they are more likely to vote in November because of the decision, with 51% saying they would back a candidate who would support codifying abortion rights into law compared to 36% who said they would vote against such a candidate.

A majority of voters, 56%, largely disagreed with the court’s decision to overturn Roe, while just 40% agreed. About 4% said they’re unsure where they stand.

The NPR poll surveyed 941 people over the weekend after the Supreme Court abortion ruling was announced and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

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