Most Democrats Want to Abolish Supreme Court or Involve United Nations: Poll

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
July 13, 2022Politics
Most Democrats Want to Abolish Supreme Court or Involve United Nations: Poll
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington early on Jan. 16, 2022. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

A majority of Democrats want to abolish the Supreme Court, according to a new survey.

Fifty-three percent of Democrat respondents to a Rasmussen Reports poll said they would favor legislation that would terminate the court and replace it with “a new, democratically elected” court “with justices chosen by the American people.”

Majorities of independents and Republicans opposed the idea.

Democrats were also more likely to say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Supreme Court and a majority agreed with the statements that the court “is a fundamentally racist institution” and “is a fundamentally sexist institution that favors men over women.”

A majority of Democrats said they supported expanding the size of the Supreme Court from nine to 13, which would enable President Joe Biden, a Democrat, to choose four justices and turn what is now a court featuring six Republican-appointed justices and three Democrat-appointed justices into one with a majority of justices picked by Democrats.

A number of Democrat lawmakers have voiced support for expanding the court, particularly since former President Donald Trump was able to choose three justices during his four years in office.

Democrat respondents were also more in favor of a constitutional amendment that would enable the United Nations (U.N.) to reverse Supreme Court decisions that U.N. members “believe violate human rights.”

Thirty-nine percent of Democrats supported the amendment proposal, compared with 30 percent of independents, and 17 percent of Republicans.

Majorities of all three groups opposed the proposal. Some voters said they weren’t sure for all of the questions.

The national survey was conducted on July 6 and July 7 by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute. Out of 1,025 likely U.S. voters, 35 percent were Democrats, 33 percent were Republicans, and 32 percent were other. Nearly half of the respondents were between the ages of 40 and 64, with a nearly even split between men and women.

The margin of error was plus/minus three percentage points.

The survey was held shortly after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision by the same court that declared access to abortion a constitutional right even though abortion is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

Justice Samuel Alito, a George W. Bush appointee who wrote the majority decision, said the earlier decision was “egregiously wrong and on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided.”

After the ruling, the U.N.’s Working Group on discrimination against women and girls and two special rapporteurs claimed the ruling lacked “sound legal reasoning” and decried the development as “a serious regression of an existing right that will jeopardize women’s health and lives.”

From The Epoch Times

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