42% Favor Expanding the Size of the Supreme Court

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters favor expanding the size of the Supreme Court. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 58% are opposed.

When told that some progressive activists want to increase the size of the Court so that a Democratic president could appoint more liberal justices, the topline numbers remain similar. However, the partisan numbers shift. Democratic support for the plan rose twelve points to 66%. Republican support fell 11 points to 19%. Among Independent voters, there was little change (see crosstab results).

It’s also worth noting that intensity of opposition went up once the progressive agenda was mentioned. Initially, 26% of voters were Strongly Opposed to the idea. That grew to 34%.

On the other side of the coin, the number who Strongly Favor the idea increased from 10% to 14%.

The survey found generally good awareness of the size of the Court. Two-thirds of voters were confident enough to give an answer. The mean (average) response was 9.31 Justices. The median (midpoint) estimate was 9, exactly right.

Only 30% of respondents knew, however, that Congress can change the size of the Court. Thirty-two percent (32%) thought it was set in the Constitution and 38% were not sure.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted March 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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