Two in three Americans say Supreme Court is split politically, poll finds

Two in three Americans say Supreme Court is split politically, poll finds
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The majority of Americans think the Supreme Court is split politically, according to a new C-SPAN poll released Tuesday.

The online poll, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) for C-SPAN from July 1 to July 6, found that two in three Americans believe the recent decisions demonstrate that the justices are split on political grounds. 

More Americans this time around also voiced support for cameras in the courtroom. In the poll, 76 percent said that the Supreme Court should allow television coverage of its oral arguments, 15 percentage points up from a PSB poll in June 2009.

When asked about term limits for the justices, three in five Americans, or roughly 60 percent, said they disagree with lifetime appointments, compared to 6 percent of American who said they strongly prefer lifetime appointments for justices and 79 percent said they would prefer 18-year term limits instead with the possibility of reappointments.

As for future openings on the bench, 51 percent of respondents said they’d like to see the next Supreme Court justice nominee come from a different educational background other than the Ivy League. All nine of the justices attended Harvard, Yale or Columbia.