Public Attitudes Towards Oral Arguments

4 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020

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Ryan C. Black

Michigan State University - Department of Political Science

Timothy R. Johnson

University of Minnesota

Ryan J. Owens

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science

Justin Wedeking

University of Kentucky - Department of Political Science

Date Written: May 3, 2020

Abstract

We report the results of an April 2020 survey where we asked nearly 1500 individuals about their views toward oral argument. The results suggest that there is robust support for the actions recently taken by the US Supreme Court to hold live streamed teleconference arguments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These results hold across the partisanship of the respondents, as well. Last, they reaffirm the idea that the public wants cameras to be allowed in the courtroom.

Keywords: US Supreme Court, oral arguments, public opinion

Suggested Citation

Black, Ryan C. and Johnson, Timothy R. and Owens, Ryan J. and Wedeking, Justin, Public Attitudes Towards Oral Arguments (May 3, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3591747 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3591747

Ryan C. Black (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

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Timothy R. Johnson

University of Minnesota ( email )

Department of Political Science
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Minneapolis, MN 55455-0410
United States

Ryan J. Owens

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706
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Justin Wedeking

University of Kentucky - Department of Political Science ( email )

1615 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
United States

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