5 facts about the Supreme Court

Bruce Drake and John Gramlich of Pew Research –

The Supreme Court holds a unique place in American government. Sitting justices have lifetime tenure and can influence public policy long after the presidents who nominated them – and the senators who confirmed them – have departed. Partisans have often battled over these nominations because of the court’s ability to reshape or strike down laws favored by one side or another.

– The public’s opinion of the Supreme Court has rebounded after falling to a 30-year low in the summer of 2015.

– Republicans and Democrats are increasingly divided in their views of the court.

– 55% of Americans say the Supreme Court should base its rulings on what the Constitution “means in current times,” rather than what it “meant as originally written.”

– The average tenure of a Supreme Court justice is nearly 17 years.

– Supreme Court justices tend to come from similar backgrounds.

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