Americans tend to be in favor of term limits for most institutions, says pollster

Democratic pollster Nancy Zdunkewicz said in an interview that aired Thursday on “What America’s Thinking” that Americans tend to be in favor of term limits — including for the nation’s highest court. 

“There’s always been a large majority who are in favor of term limits, and that is the case for elected offices, as well as for appointments to the Supreme Court,” Zdunkewicz, managing editor at Democracy Corps, told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha. 

A new American Barometer survey found that 53 percent of Americans said Supreme Court justices should only serve for a fixed term, while only 28 percent said they should continue to be appointed for life. 

A survey conducted earlier this year by the Republican firm McLaughlin and Associates found that 82 percent of Americans were in favor of a constitutional amendment that would place term limits on members of Congress.

President Trump called for congressional term limits after meeting with first-term lawmakers earlier this year. 

Monmouth University Poll director Patrick Murphy said that Trump and other recent presidents have strategically appointed younger Supreme Court justices to ensure that they serve on the court for decades. 

“This is a fairly recent phenomenon that the public is dealing with in that presidents are looking at the ability to appoint somebody who is going to sit on the court for 30 or more years. So they’re looking for a 50 year-old or 45-year-old nominee,” Murphy said. 

— Julia Manchester