Marquette Law School U.S. Supreme Court Poll

Marquette Law School U.S. Supreme Court Poll
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Marquette University Law School is pleased to bring you the results of a national survey of public opinion. The release will occur on two days, November 17-18, via video conversations between poll director Charles Franklin and Mike Gousha.

On Wednesday, November 17, the Marquette Law School Poll will release results pertaining to public opinion about the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the third installment in a series of six nationwide surveys throughout the 2021-22 academic year measuring public perception and awareness of the nation’s highest court. It follows the Marquette Law School Poll’s previous national surveys about the Court—one in fall 2019 and the other in fall 2020, immediately before the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Franklin will then share findings in the Marquette Law School Poll’s national query into general topics, on Thursday, November 18. This poll looks at public opinion about President Biden’s job performance, COVID-19 issues, and possible 2024 Trump candidacy, among other items.

Recorded discussions will be available on November 17 and 18 via the “Watch Now” button above. Corresponding release and data will be available at 6 a.m. EDT/5 a.m. CDT on the Marquette Law School Poll website.

U.S. Supreme Court poll – Wednesday, November 17

Approval of the Supreme Court dropped from August to September in Marquette Law School national polling. Has approval shifted in the last two months? The November Marquette Supreme Court survey looks at national approval of the Court and trust in it compared to the other branches of the federal government.

The survey asks about views of cases concerning the Texas law known as SB8, concerning abortion, and about the right to bear arms outside the home. It also asks about views of the upcoming case involving a Mississippi law restricting abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

In addition to these current cases, we ask respondents about their views of several potential Court reforms and their familiarity with the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court. Respondents are also asked about their perceptions of the ideological balance of the Court and if decisions are based more on politics or more on the law. We measure as well how aware the public is of how many justices have been appointed by presidents of each party.

National poll on political topics – Thursday, November 18

The new Marquette Law School national poll looks at President Biden’s job approval rating and how that has changed since September, as well as approval of his handling of the COVID-19 situation. At a time of generally declining numbers of COVID cases, the survey also asks respondents how serious they think the pandemic is in their states now and about their own vaccination status and willingness to be vaccinated. Support and opposition to vaccination requirements for companies with more than 100 employees are also measured.

Looking at the role of former President Donald Trump in future elections, the survey asks if respondents would like to see him run again in 2024 and if they currently prefer Trump or Biden in a possible rematch. The poll also measures favorability towards Vice President Kamala Harris, former Vice President Mike Pence, and both Biden and Trump.

The poll also inquires about confidence in the accuracy of the election outcome in 2020 and perceptions of the ideological positions of Biden and the Democratic and Republican parties.

We miss seeing everyone and look forward to welcoming you back to the Lubar Center at Marquette Law School for in-person events when things start to return to normal. Until then, we plan to produce online programming to help keep important discussions moving forward in our community.