A group that supports expanding the Supreme Court beyond its nine seats in order to maintain constitutional rights says doing so won’t produce an electoral backlash for Democratic presidential candidates.
Take Back Our Court commissioned a study on court expansion to “test competing claims about the political effects of candidate endorsement on court expansion.”
The study compared the effects of expansion messages on two distinct control groups. Political scientist Aaron Belkin from San Francisco State University and James Druckman of Northwest University’s Institute for Policy Research surveyed 2,400 Democrats, Republicans and Independents from swing-state residents and compared outcome variables between treatment and control groups.
None of the research indicated “a statistically significant effect, in other words, of exposure to a court expansion message on likelihood of voting, vote choice, or willingness to accept a lower personal financial reward so as to withhold economic support from the opposing party. “
Take Back the Court funded the study.
Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have both said they would consider expanding the Supreme Court, while former Vice President Joe Biden has come out against it.
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