Expanding the , an increasingly popular reform among some progressive activists, is not politically costly for , according to an academic survey commissioned by a group that supports the idea.

The study documented reactions to the idea among 2,400 Democrats, and independents from the political swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It was conducted by political scientist Aaron Belkin from San Francisco State University and James Druckman of Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Druckman, a public opinion expert, designed the study, while the funding came from Take Back the Court, a progressive judicial reform group that Belkin runs.

The survey asked participants to react to two different Democrat-Republican matchups. The first was a “status quo” group pitting a

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