Supreme Ct. 10-09

Supreme Ct. 10-09 - Testing the Attitudinal Model...

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Testing the Attitudinal Model Indicators of attitudes o Birth order Two specific tests Does birth order explain who is chosen? o Republican presidents should select first borns and only children o Because first borns are more likely to be highly qualified, there are more first borns than any other type for both parties, however republicans were more prominent o Democratic presidents should select last borns Does birth order explain votes? o First borns and only children should vote conservatively o Last borns should vote liberally o Birth order examples Abe fortas Last born Lifetime liberalism score: 81% Thurgood Marshall Last born Lifetime liberalism score: 76% Scalia First born Lifetime liberalism score: 31% o Political party Affiliation Political party of a justice % liberal Democrats 66% or 2/3
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Republicans 49% or ½ Justices’ policy preferences o How else to measure preferences Judicial decisions Doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story (saying good at math because of score on one math test)
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  • Spring '08
  • McGuire
  • Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice of the United States, William Rehnquist, justices Justices, Lifetime liberalism score

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