Marquette Law School Supreme Court Poll September 8-15, 2020

These are partial results with other items held for later release.

(Percentages are rounded to whole numbers for reporting of results. Frequencies have been rounded to whole numbers but percentages are calculated based on non-integer weighted sample sizes.)

Results for survey items among all respondents are presented here (unless otherwise indicated). Please note that some questions are only asked of particular groups of respondents. In these instances, the row “NA’s” includes the number and percent of total respondents omitted from the question. These omitted cases are ignored when calculating the “Valid” and “Cumulative” percent columns.

Q3A: confidence in Supreme Court

[The US Supreme Court] Here is a list of institutions in American society. How much confidence do you have in each one?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
A great deal 176 12 12 12
Quite a lot 423 28 28 39
Some 679 45 45 84
Very little 191 13 13 96
None at all 51 3 3 100
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Q3B: confidence in Congress

[Congress] Here is a list of institutions in American society. How much confidence do you have in each one?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
A great deal 39 3 3 3
Quite a lot 157 10 10 13
Some 639 42 42 55
Very little 526 35 35 89
None at all 149 10 10 99
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Q3C: confidence in the Presidency

[The Presidency] Here is a list of institutions in American society. How much confidence do you have in each one?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
A great deal 232 15 15 15
Quite a lot 244 16 16 31
Some 358 23 23 55
Very little 299 20 20 74
None at all 387 25 25 100
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Q3D: confidence in state Supreme Court

[Your state Supreme Court or highest court in your state] Here is a list of institutions in American society. How much confidence do you have in each one?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
A great deal 121 8 8 8
Quite a lot 408 27 27 35
Some 711 47 47 81
Very little 211 14 14 95
None at all 56 4 4 99
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Q8: most trustworthy branch

Of the three branches of US government, which one do you trust the most?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
The US Congress (the legislative branch) 245 16 16 16
The Presidency (the executive branch) 364 24 24 40
The US Supreme Court (the judicial branch) 895 59 59 99
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Q9: election 2020 (likely voters only)

[LIKELY VOTERS ONLY] If the election for president were being held today and the candidates were Joe Biden, the Democrat, Donald Trump, the Republican, Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian, and Howie Hawkins, the Green Party, for whom would you vote?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Biden 555 36 50 50
Trump 437 29 40 90
Jorgensen 31 2 3 93
Hawkins 17 1 2 94
Vote for someone else 30 2 3 97
Would not vote 26 2 2 100
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(Missing) 422 28 NA NA

Q12: can POTUS ignore SCOTUS

If the Supreme Court rules against the president in a case, does the president have the power to ignore that ruling, or is the president required to do as the ruling says?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
The president has the power to ignore the ruling 250 16 16 16
The president is required to do as the ruling says 1255 82 82 99
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Q13: judicial review

Does the Supreme Court have the power to review laws passed by Congress and to declare them invalid if they conflict with the Constitution?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Yes, the Supreme Court has this power 1324 87 87 87
No, the Supreme Court does not have this power 191 13 13 99
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Q14: should president make laws

When Congress fails to act, should the president have the power to make laws on his own?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Yes, president should be able to make laws 423 28 28 28
No, president should not be able to make laws 1093 72 72 100
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Q35A: favor/oppose - increase number of justices

[Increase the number of justices on the US Supreme Court] How much do you favor or oppose the following proposals affecting the Supreme Court?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly favor 149 10 10 10
Favor 548 36 36 46
Oppose 592 39 39 85
Strongly oppose 216 14 14 99
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Q35B: favor/oppose - fixed terms

[Have judges serve a fixed term on the court rather than serving life terms] How much do you favor or oppose the following proposals affecting the Supreme Court?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly favor 528 35 35 35
Favor 614 40 40 75
Oppose 267 18 18 92
Strongly oppose 101 7 7 99
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Q35C: favor/oppose - limit judicial review

[Limit the ability of the Supreme Court to review and set aside acts of Congress as unconstitutional] How much do you favor or oppose the following proposals affecting the Supreme Court?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly favor 112 7 7 7
Favor 512 34 34 41
Oppose 640 42 42 83
Strongly oppose 237 16 16 98
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Q56: approve/disapprove - SCOTUS’ handling of job

Overall, how much do you approve or disapprove of the way the US Supreme Court is handling its job?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly approve 101 7 7 7
Somewhat approve 902 59 59 66
Somewhat disapprove 424 28 28 94
Strongly disapprove 74 5 5 99
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Q56: (2-category)

Overall, how much do you approve or disapprove of the way the US Supreme Court is handling its job?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Approve 1003 66 66 66