The Importance of Federal Judical Selection on Presidential Vote Choice

27 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 2 Oct 2009

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Amy Steigerwalt

Georgia State University

Sara C. Benesh

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Nancy Scherer

Wellesley College - Political Science

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The Supreme Court is an important player in American public policy and most people report favorable impressions of the institution. However, little is known about the extent to which evaluations of the Court or considerations of its membership might drive Presidential vote choice. In this paper, we use preliminary survey data to show that certain types of people are more likely than others to consider the impact of potential judicial nominations when making their voting choices (and a large percentage of people surveyed deem the composition of the court at least somewhat relevant to their decision), while knowledge of or confidence in the Supreme Court has little influence on the degree to which those considerations matter. Because we have little literature to guide us, we posit some theoretical foundations for these findings as well as some directions for further research.

Keywords: voting behavior, judicial appointments, confidence in courts

Suggested Citation

Steigerwalt, Amy and Benesh, Sara C. and Scherer, Nancy, The Importance of Federal Judical Selection on Presidential Vote Choice (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450882

Amy Steigerwalt (Contact Author)

Georgia State University ( email )

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Sara C. Benesh

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee ( email )

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Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States

Nancy Scherer

Wellesley College - Political Science ( email )

Pendleton East 16
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
United States

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