Roll Call: If you don’t like the Supreme Court, blame Harry Reid

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about court packing, the Biden campaign’s reticence to take a stance on the issue, and the political implications of doing so.

Our Sept. 26-30 Winning the Issues survey found voters opposed to expanding the court, with 33 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed. And by a 42 percent to 29 percent margin, they believed that “adding seats to the Supreme Court through court expansion would mean we begin to lose any credibility the court has.” On the issue of expanding the number of justices, liberal Democrats were more supportive (56 percent in favor, 23 percent opposed), but moderate Democrats were less so (38 percent in favor, 28 percent opposed), a major difference within the party. Independents opposed it 17 percent to 47 percent.

The Biden-Harris ticket faces a tough call — take a stand and risk alienating the progressives already suspicious of Biden’s promises, or scare moderate voters who are wary that a politically motivated change to the composition and character of the court would do irreparable damage to its credibility.

Read the full piece here.

Published by Caitlin Peartree

Caitlin joined the Winston Group in November 2015. Originally from upstate New York, Caitlin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in May 2015. She received a Bachelor of Arts in the Program of Liberal Studies, a great books program, and in French. Her coursework focused on literature, philosophy, theology, history, fine arts, and science, and she is fluent in French. Prior to joining the Winston Group, Caitlin gained experience as an intern with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Her interests include health and education policy.