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?
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sex
Male 15 28 44 10 3 0 736
Female 9 28 45 15 3 0 787
age
18-29 13 14 50 18 5 0 313
30-44 10 24 49 14 3 0 378
45-59 12 34 41 10 3 0 379
60+ 12 36 39 10 3 1 453
education
Less than HS 24 17 36 14 9 0 149
HS graduate 8 25 48 14 5 0 430
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 11 27 47 12 2 0 422
Bachelor's degree 11 29 44 14 2 0 292
Post grad study/professional degree 11 39 40 8 1 0 230
income
Under $40k 11 25 40 18 6 0 505
$40k to $85k 8 26 51 12 3 0 498
85k plus 16 32 43 8 1 0 521
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 18 32 42 7 1 0 447
Independent 8 27 46 13 6 0 523
Democrat 10 26 45 17 3 0 548
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 18 32 42 7 1 0 447
Lean Republican 7 42 39 11 1 0 150
Independent 10 14 48 17 11 0 201
Lean Democrat 5 28 51 11 5 0 172
Democrat 10 26 45 17 3 0 548
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 16 34 41 8 1 0 597
Independent 10 14 48 17 11 0 201
Democrat 9 26 46 15 3 0 721
marital status
Married 12 32 43 11 3 0 753
Widowed 13 40 36 6 3 2 43
Divorced 15 36 36 10 3 0 149
Separated 8 32 41 12 8 0 70
Never married 13 18 48 17 3 0 414
Living with partner 1 19 61 15 4 0 95
race and ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 11 33 43 10 2 0 956
Black, non-Hispanic 8 16 50 19 6 0 182
Other, non-Hispanic 1 52 20 24 2 0 17
Hispanic 11 20 46 18 5 0 254
2+, non-Hispanic 0 13 50 30 7 0 33
Asian, non-Hispanic 30 17 49 2 1 0 81
religious service attendance
More than once a week 12 27 42 16 2 0 141
Once a week 17 26 48 7 2 1 331
Once or twice a month 8 30 46 15 1 0 124
A few times a year 15 32 39 10 4 0 185
Seldom 11 27 41 14 7 0 325
Never 8 28 47 15 3 0 412
SKIPPED ON WEB 0 15 85 0 0 0 5
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 14 30 42 10 4 0 395
Mainline Protestant 9 32 40 16 4 0 320
Roman Catholic 12 27 49 9 3 0 291
No religion 6 26 49 16 2 0 360
Other religion 24 20 39 14 3 0 141
Skipped 0 8 71 5 16 0 16
ideology
Very conservative 16 23 49 12 0 0 134
Conservative 16 35 41 8 1 0 374
Moderate 11 26 45 14 4 0 627
Liberal 8 30 45 11 5 0 251
Very liberal 5 21 47 20 7 1 120
SKIPPED ON WEB 0 0 71 24 3 2 18
region
Northeast 9 29 48 10 4 1 266
Midwest 10 33 42 11 4 0 316
South 13 24 45 15 3 0 579
West 12 29 44 12 3 0 363

Q3B: confidence in Congress

[Congress] Here is a list of institutions in American society. How much confidence do you have in each one?
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sex
Male 2 11 38 36 11 1 736
Female 3 10 46 33 8 1 787
age
18-29 2 13 45 31 9 0 313
30-44 3 8 44 34 11 1 378
45-59 4 9 42 36 9 1 379
60+ 2 12 38 36 11 2 453
education
Less than HS 3 18 47 19 10 2 149
HS graduate 3 10 42 34 10 1 430
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 3 8 42 36 11 0 422
Bachelor's degree 1 9 35 45 9 1 292
Post grad study/professional degree 3 11 47 30 9 0 230
income
Under $40k 4 11 40 33 12 0 505
$40k to $85k 2 11 42 33 11 1 498
85k plus 2 9 44 37 7 1 521
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 2 15 40 35 8 0 447
Independent 2 4 39 39 14 2 523
Democrat 4 12 46 31 7 0 548
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 2 15 40 35 8 0 447
Lean Republican 1 3 39 45 10 2 150
Independent 4 6 34 32 21 2 201
Lean Democrat 0 4 44 40 9 2 172
Democrat 4 12 46 31 7 0 548
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 2 12 40 37 9 1 597
Independent 4 6 34 32 21 2 201
Democrat 3 10 46 33 8 1 721
marital status
Married 3 8 41 37 10 1 753
Widowed 4 17 35 34 10 0 43
Divorced 2 9 45 32 10 2 149
Separated 0 19 35 32 11 3 70
Never married 3 13 43 32 9 0 414
Living with partner 3 10 50 28 9 0 95
race and ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 1 10 39 38 11 1 956
Black, non-Hispanic 6 8 47 31 7 1 182
Other, non-Hispanic 0 14 65 10 10 0 17
Hispanic 4 12 48 26 8 1 254
2+, non-Hispanic 0 5 44 42 8 0 33
Asian, non-Hispanic 5 15 45 29 7 0 81
religious service attendance
More than once a week 8 5 38 44 5 0 141
Once a week 2 13 48 30 7 2 331
Once or twice a month 2 18 42 34 4 0 124
A few times a year 4 8 39 37 12 1 185
Seldom 1 10 43 32 12 1 325
Never 2 9 39 37 12 1 412
SKIPPED ON WEB 0 0 36 41 23 0 5
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 4 11 43 34 7 0 395
Mainline Protestant 2 8 44 33 12 1 320
Roman Catholic 2 12 40 37 8 1 291
No religion 2 9 39 38 12 1 360
Other religion 3 16 44 26 9 2 141
Skipped 0 5 47 28 21 0 16
ideology
Very conservative 5 16 31 36 13 0 134
Conservative 2 11 41 34 9 2 374
Moderate 3 10 44 34 9 1 627
Liberal 1 8 46 35 10 0 251
Very liberal 3 7 41 36 13 0 120
SKIPPED ON WEB 0 11 20 45 12 12 18
region
Northeast 4 7 37 39 10 3 266
Midwest 1 8 42 38 11 0 316
South 2 13 44 31 9 1 579
West 3 11 43 34 9 0 363

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?
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sex
Male 16 16 23 20 25 0 736
Female 15 16 24 20 26 0 787
age
18-29 7 13 29 20 30 0 313
30-44 12 16 23 28 22 0 378
45-59 19 14 28 18 20 0 379
60+ 21 19 16 14 29 1 453
education
Less than HS 17 11 31 22 20 0 149
HS graduate 20 16 26 16 22 0 430
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 15 18 22 20 25 0 422
Bachelor's degree 11 16 24 18 30 0 292
Post grad study/professional degree 11 14 18 27 30 0 230
income
Under $40k 16 14 24 19 27 0 505
$40k to $85k 14 18 23 20 24 0 498
85k plus 16 16 23 20 25 0 521
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 36 34 21 6 3 0 447
Independent 9 12 29 23 27 0 523
Democrat 4 5 20 28 42 0 548
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 36 34 21 6 3 0 447
Lean Republican 19 31 34 14 1 0 150
Independent 9 6 34 24 28 0 201
Lean Democrat 0 2 19 29 49 1 172
Democrat 4 5 20 28 42 0 548
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 32 34 25 8 2 0 597
Independent 9 6 34 24 28 0 201
Democrat 3 4 20 28 44 0 721
marital status
Married 18 20 21 18 23 0 753
Widowed 16 15 27 16 26 0 43
Divorced 23 14 21 17 26 1 149
Separated 11 9 27 20 34 0 70
Never married 10 12 27 23 28 0 414
Living with partner 6 17 26 24 27 0 95
race and ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 19 19 21 17 23 0 956
Black, non-Hispanic 8 5 24 27 35 1 182
Other, non-Hispanic 4 39 21 2 34 0 17
Hispanic 11 13 28 22 25 0 254
2+, non-Hispanic 3 19 29 20 30 0 33
Asian, non-Hispanic 7 14 30 24 26 0 81
religious service attendance
More than once a week 19 28 19 21 13 0 141
Once a week 19 21 22 17 21 0 331
Once or twice a month 13 20 32 22 14 0 124
A few times a year 14 11 30 19 26 0 185
Seldom 16 14 22 17 30 1 325
Never 12 11 22 22 33 0 412
SKIPPED ON WEB 0 0 15 45 39 0 5
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 24 26 22 13 14 0 395
Mainline Protestant 15 17 23 19 26 0 320
Roman Catholic 15 15 22 24 25 0 291
No religion 8 7 25 22 38 0 360
Other religion 13 10 26 25 26 0 141
Skipped 0 19 29 34 9 8 16
ideology
Very conservative 49 33 14 1 3 0 134
Conservative 30 26 27 11 7 0 374
Moderate 7 14 27 25 27 0 627
Liberal 3 5 18 31 43 0 251
Very liberal 3 2 16 17 61 1 120
SKIPPED ON WEB 2 7 34 31 26 0 18
region
Northeast 14 14 25 19 27 1 266
Midwest 14 17 27 21 20 0 316
South 18 17 22 15 28 0 579
West 13 15 21 25 25 0 363

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?
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sex
Male 9 29 44 14 3 1 736
Female 7 25 49 14 4 1 787
age
18-29 7 20 50 14 6 2 313
30-44 6 19 55 17 3 0 378
45-59 9 30 44 13 3 0 379
60+ 9 35 40 11 3 2 453
education
Less than HS 10 27 44 9 5 4 149
HS graduate 8 24 45 17 5 2 430
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 7 25 48 16 4 0 422
Bachelor's degree 7 25 50 15 2 1 292
Post grad study/professional degree 10 37 45 6 2 0 230
income
Under $40k 11 21 45 17 5 2 505
$40k to $85k 4 25 50 15 4 1 498
85k plus 8 35 45 10 2 0 521
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 11 30 46 11 2 1 447
Independent 5 24 48 16 7 0 523
Democrat 8 28 46 14 2 2 548
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 11 30 46 11 2 1 447
Lean Republican 4 29 53 10 4 0 150
Independent 9 15 49 17 10 0 201
Lean Democrat 3 29 42 21 5 0 172
Democrat 8 28 46 14 2 2 548
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 9 30 47 10 2 1 597
Independent 9 15 49 17 10 0 201
Democrat 7 28 45 16 3 1 721
marital status
Married 8 32 44 13 3 1 753
Widowed 11 25 47 13 3 0 43
Divorced 12 26 44 14 3 1 149
Separated 8 30 40 17 5 0 70
Never married 8 21 52 14 4 2 414
Living with partner 2 13 57 20 8 0 95
race and ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 10 30 45 12 3 1 956
Black, non-Hispanic 7 13 52 22 5 1 182
Other, non-Hispanic 0 40 48 10 2 0 17
Hispanic 5 22 50 15 6 3 254
2+, non-Hispanic 3 10 46 33 8 0 33
Asian, non-Hispanic 5 41 45 7 2 0 81
religious service attendance
More than once a week 10 27 43 19 1 1 141
Once a week 8 32 46 10 3 1 331
Once or twice a month 6 24 48 14 0 7 124
A few times a year 8 31 44 14 1 2 185
Seldom 9 24 44 15 7 0 325
Never 7 24 51 14 4 0 412
SKIPPED ON WEB 0 41 59 0 0 0 5
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 10 29 43 14 4 0 395
Mainline Protestant 8 25 47 16 4