New Bipartisan Poll Shows Support for Supreme Court to Establish Clear Rules for Gerrymandering

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Protesters hold signs for fair maps at the U.S. Supreme Court

In January 2019, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) released a poll that finds strong opposition to gerrymandering among likely 2020 general election voters and broad, bipartisan support for the U.S. Supreme Court to set clear rules for when gerrymandering violates the Constitution. The poll, commissioned by CLC, was conducted by a Democratic firm, ALG Research, and a Republican firm, GS Strategy Group.

The poll also reveals that voters strongly support the creation of independent redistricting commissions and overwhelmingly prefer congressional districts with no partisan bias, even if it means fewer seats for their own party.

In addition to the strong desire to see the Supreme Court act to limit gerrymandering, people have expressed a clear preference for the creation of independent redistricting commissions, which voters supported in all five states where it was put to a vote in the 2018 cycle. Removing partisanship from the redistricting process will help ensure that every voice is heard in our democracy.

Findings include:

  • Nearly three-quarters of voters support the U.S. Supreme Court establishing clear rules for when gerrymandering violates the Constitution, with broad support extending across partisan and racial lines.
    • Support is especially intense among Latinos, 55 percent of whom strongly support the Supreme Court setting such rules.
  • At least 60 percent of Democrats, Independents and Republicans support the creation of independent redistricting commissions.
  • When asked to choose whether boundaries for legislative and congressional districts should be drawn by state legislatures or by an independent redistricting commission, voters favor the latter by a nearly three-to-one margin.

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“I want to live in a state where voters know that their vote matters.”

Faulkner Fox from Durham, North Carolina

 

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that arguments for the North Carolina and Maryland partisan gerrymandering challenges will be heard on March 26, 2019.

Individual voters across the country continue to express frustration about the impact of gerrymandering on democracy in their state. CLC is arguing League of Women Voters of North Carolina v. Rucho with its co-counsel the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.  A companion case is Common Cause v. Rucho.