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    What Americans Really Think About Court-Packing

    First Liberty Institute commissioned the following polls from Mason Dixon Polling & Strategy – two nationwide poll and two statewide polls in West Virginia and Arizona – revealing nearly two-thirds (2/3’s) of Americans oppose adding seats to the Supreme Court of the United States.

    The nationwide poll suggests that 65% of all respondents oppose court-packing. Importantly, self-identified Independent voters also reject plans to pack the court (65% opposed).

    You can download the results of the latest national poll here.

    You can download the results of the 2021 national poll here.

    You can download the results of the statewide polls for West Virginia here and for Arizona here.

    Mason Dixon Polling

    HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED

    This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida from May 13 through May 18, 2022. A total of 1,100 registered voters were interviewed nationwide by telephone.

    Those interviewed were randomly selected from a nationwide voter registration list that included both land-lines and mobile phones. Quotas were assigned in order to reflect voter registration by state.

    The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than ±3 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if all voters were surveyed. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or age grouping.


    QUESTION: DO YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE ENDING THE FILIBUSTER IN THE United States SENATE?

    NATIONWIDEMALEFEMALEDEMSREPSINDS<5050+
    SUPPORT38%35%41%72%11%31%44%33%
    OPPOSE50%55%46%19%82%50%43%56%
    UNDECIDED12%10%13%9%7%19%13%11%

    QUESTION: THE FILIBUSTER REQUIRED STHAT 60 SENATORS MUST VOTE FOR A BILL BEFORE IT CAN COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE FOR A FINAL VOTE. IT IS DESIGNED AS A CHECK ON THE POWER OF THE U.S. House of Representatives, WHICH CAN MOVE LEGISLATION THROUGH VERY QUICKLY WITH SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTES. THE FILIBUSTER IS DESIGNED TO SLOW THE PROCESS SO THAT THERE IS MORE DEBATE AND THAT FINAL APPROVAL OF A LAW HAS SOME LEVEL OF BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT. BASED ON THIS INFORMATION DO YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE ENDING THE FILIBUSTER IN THE SENATE?

    NATIONWIDEMALEFEMALEDEMSREPSINDS<5050+
    SUPPORT40%34%45%76%12%33%48%33%
    OPPOSE52%59%46%16%83%56%46%57%
    UNDECIDED8%7%9%8%8%11%6%10%

    QUESTION: DO YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE AMENDING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TO CHANE THE STRUCTURE OF THE U.S. Supreme Court?

    NATIONWIDEMALEFEMALEDEMSREPSINDS<5050+
    SUPPORT26%23%29%45%5%27%33%19%
    SHOULD NOT64%71%57%38%91%63%53%74%
    NOT SURE10%6%14%17%4%10%14%7%

    QUESTION: FOR OVER YEARS, THE United States Supreme Court HAS HAD NINE JUSTICES. “COURT-PACKING” IS GENERALLY DEFINED AS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF Supreme Court SEATS, PRIMARILY TO ALTER THE IDEOLOGICAL BALANCE OF THE COURT. DO YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE “COURT-PACKING”?

    NATIONWIDEMALEFEMALEDEMSREPSINDS<5050+
    SUPPORT24%21%27%41%3%28%27%22%
    OPPOSE65%73%58%40%91%65%60%69%
    UNDECIDED11%6%15%19%6%7%13%9%

    QUESTION: IF YOUR U.S. SENATOR VOTED TO REMOVE THE FILIBUSTER RULE AND PACK THE Supreme Court, WOULD YOU MORE LIKELY TO VOTE TO RE-ELECT HIM OR HER OR LESS LIKELY TO VOTE TO RE-ELECT HIM OR HER?

    NATIONWIDEMALEFEMALEDEMSREPSINDS<5050+
    MORE LIKELY28%24%32%52%7%24%31%26%
    LESS LIKELY57%61%53%33%79%59%15%62%
    NO EFFECT15%15%15%15%14%17%18%12%

    QUESTION: WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, A DRAFT OPINION BEING CIRCULATED REGARDING A MAJOR CASE BEFORE THE U.S. Supreme Court WAS LEAKED TO THE MEDIA, SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY. DO YOU APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF THE LEAKING OF THIS Supreme Court DOCUMENT?

    NATIONWIDEMALEFEMALEDEMSREPSINDS<5050+
    APPROVE19%14%23%27%8%22%23%15%
    DISAPROVE73%80%67%58%91%71%65%80%
    NOT SURE8%6%10%15%1%7%12%5%

    QUESTION: GIVEN THE EVENTS OF THE LAST TWO WEEKS, WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU HAVE A MORE FAVORABLE OPINION?

    NATIONWIDEMALEFEMALEDEMSREPSINDS<5050+
    MORE12%11%13%2%27%9%9%14%
    LESS40%37%43%69%8%41%46%35%
    NO CHANGE48%52%44%29%65%50%45%51%

    DEMOGRAPHICS

    PARTYDemocrat365 (33%)
    Republican347 (32%)
    Independent/Other388 (35%)
    AGE18-34188 (17%)
    35-49281 (26%)
    50-64304 (28%)
    65+322 (29%)
    Refused5
    RACE/ETHNICITY:White/Caucasian703 (64%)
    Black/African American137 (12%)
    Hispanic/Latino166 (15%)
    Other/Refused94 (9%)
    GENDER ID:Male521 (47%)
    Female572 (52%)
    Other7 (1%)
    REGION:Northeast220 (20%)
    Midwest210 (19%)
    South350 (32%)
    West130 (12%)
    Pacific Coast190 (17%)