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Poll Report: Americans think shorter terms might improve the Supreme Court

Sep 19, 2017

Michael Nelson, Michael Berkman, and Eric Plutzer

US Supreme Court decisions are sometimes unpopular, but the Court enjoys legitimacy: even when the Court issues controversial decisions on issues such as campaign finance, affirmative action, voting rights, and same-sex marriage, citizens who disagree with the decision respect it and comply as a matter of civic duty.

However, President Trump has been increasingly vocal about his occasional dislike for the judicial system, even criticizing some justices by name. Most recently, Donald Trump issued a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County convicted of contempt of court for violating the 5th and 14th Amendment rights of Arizona citizens and ignoring a federal judge’s orders that he stop doing so.

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