FDR Supreme Court Packing

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President Roosevelt couched the bill as a means of improving efficiency, of helping justices who were behind on their work and were dismissing large number of cases each term. This proposal set almost immediately set off a spectacular political battle, culminating 168 days later in the defeat of FDR’s proposal on the floor of the Senate (Alsop and Catledge 1938, Baker 1967, Leuchtenberg 1995)...
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Gallup Polls are a treasure trove of information on public evaluations of the Supreme Court and on connections between the Court and politics in the minds of members of the mass public during a time of unparalleled constitutional crisis. These Gallup Polls, taken during the infancy of polling, are not rich in items of the sort we expect to find in contemporary surveys, but they provide considerable insight into the social, political, and demographic bases of support for and opposition to Roosevelt’s proposal...
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