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An elected Supreme Court? Nearly half of surveyed Americans back the idea

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Nearly half of polled Americans says U.S. Supreme Court justices should be elected, while more than two-thirds express at least some support for limited terms for the justices, a Harris poll has found.

About 70 percent of the surveyed Americans strongly or somewhat agree that U.S. Supreme Court justices should not have lifetime appointments, according to this press release and Talking Points Memo. Eighteen percent disagreed and 12 percent weren’t sure.

Meanwhile, 48 percent agreed that it would be better if Supreme Court justices were elected to office. Thirty-six percent disagreed with the idea and 16 percent weren’t sure.

The results are from an online poll of more than 2,500 people in August 2014. The results were released Wednesday.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

Updated at 2:04 p.m. to specify that these are Americans who answered an online survey.

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