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.