Marquette Law School Supreme Court Poll July 5-12, 2022

Court items only

(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.

B2: Supreme Court approval

Overall, how much do you approve or disapprove of the way the US Supreme Court is handling its job?
Strongly approve Somewhat approve Somewhat disapprove Strongly disapprove n
sex
Male 20 25 22 32 469
Female 12 21 29 37 508
Another gender 0 0 2 98 12
age
18-29 4 20 27 48 205
30-44 11 23 28 36 249
45-59 15 24 29 31 234
60+ 27 22 19 31 314
education
Less than HS 5 34 35 25 80
HS graduate 19 26 29 26 291
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 14 18 26 41 275
Bachelor's degree 15 22 25 37 187
Post grad study/professional degree 18 19 15 48 169
income
Less than $30k 9 25 34 31 269
$30k to less than $50k 16 16 28 41 224
$50k to less than $75k 20 24 22 34 168
$75k to less than $100k 20 21 22 33 134
$100k or more 17 26 17 40 205
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 38 32 19 11 367
Independent 8 22 38 31 205
Democrat 0 14 25 59 429
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 39 27 22 10 246
Independent 14 25 28 33 438
Democrat 0 14 25 60 318
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 39 27 22 10 246
Lean Republican 35 41 11 12 121
Independent 8 22 38 31 205
Lean Democrat 1 14 26 57 112
Democrat 0 14 25 60 318
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 47 25 16 10 171
Weak Republican 20 33 36 11 74
Lean Republican 35 41 11 12 121
Independent 8 22 38 31 205
Lean Democrat 1 14 26 57 112
Weak Democrat 0 14 35 50 128
Strong Democrat 0 15 17 67 190
DK/Refused 0 0 79 21 1
marital status
Single, that is never married 3 22 28 48 241
Single, living with a partner 9 19 33 37 99
Married 25 22 20 32 497
Separated 2 33 50 15 31
Widowed 9 47 29 15 29
Divorced 10 22 30 37 106
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 22 19 24 34 615
Black Non-Hispanic 6 18 31 43 118
Hispanic 4 29 31 37 164
Other 8 33 20 39 83
religious service attendance
More than once a week 32 30 28 7 85
Once a week 38 29 17 16 156
Once or twice a month 19 31 25 24 79
A few times a year 9 29 26 35 133
Seldom 11 17 36 36 255
Never 5 17 19 58 294
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 42 28 18 12 185
Mainline Protestant 9 21 30 39 125
Roman Catholic 13 30 30 26 212
No religion 7 16 23 53 305
Other religion 11 20 27 40 170
ideology
Very conservative 55 24 12 7 136
Somewhat conservative 29 43 21 7 215
Moderate 6 23 35 37 351
Somewhat liberal 0 9 29 61 178
Very liberal 0 4 15 80 121

B2: Supreme Court approval, 2-cat

Overall, how much do you approve or disapprove of the way the US Supreme Court is handling its job?
Approve Disapprove n
sex
Male 45 54 469
Female 33 66 508
Another gender 0 100 12
age
18-29 24 75 205
30-44 34 65 249
45-59 39 60 234
60+ 50 50 314
education
Less than HS 39 60 80
HS graduate 45 55 291
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 32 67 275
Bachelor's degree 37 63 187
Post grad study/professional degree 36 63 169
income
Less than $30k 34 65 269
$30k to less than $50k 31 69 224
$50k to less than $75k 44 56 168
$75k to less than $100k 41 55 134
$100k or more 43 57 205
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 70 29 367
Independent 30 70 205
Democrat 15 84 429
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 67 32 246
Independent 39 60 438
Democrat 15 85 318
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 67 32 246
Lean Republican 77 23 121
Independent 30 70 205
Lean Democrat 16 84 112
Democrat 15 85 318
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 72 26 171
Weak Republican 53 47 74
Lean Republican 77 23 121
Independent 30 70 205
Lean Democrat 16 84 112
Weak Democrat 15 85 128
Strong Democrat 15 84 190
DK/Refused 0 100 1
marital status
Single, that is never married 25 75 241
Single, living with a partner 28 70 99
Married 47 52 497
Separated 35 65 31
Widowed 56 44 29
Divorced 33 67 106
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 41 58 615
Black Non-Hispanic 24 74 118
Hispanic 32 68 164
Other 41 59 83
religious service attendance
More than once a week 62 35 85
Once a week 66 33 156
Once or twice a month 50 49 79
A few times a year 38 61 133
Seldom 28 72 255
Never 21 78 294
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 70 30 185
Mainline Protestant 30 70 125
Roman Catholic 43 57 212
No religion 23 77 305
Other religion 31 67 170
ideology
Very conservative 79 19 136
Somewhat conservative 71 28 215
Moderate 29 71 351
Somewhat liberal 9 90 178
Very liberal 4 96 121

B7: Confidence in SCOTUS

[The US Supreme Court] Here is a list of institutions in American society. How much confidence do you have in each one?
A great deal Quite a lot Some Very little None at all 99 n
sex
Male 12 23 24 28 13 0 469
Female 7 16 31 27 19 0 508
Another gender 0 0 0 59 41 0 12
age
18-29 2 14 25 35 24 0 205
30-44 7 21 25 29 18 0 249
45-59 9 20 30 27 14 0 234
60+ 15 21 29 23 12 0 314
education
Less than HS 5 18 36 29 12 0 80
HS graduate 10 22 25 28 15 0 291
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 10 19 27 28 17 0 275
Bachelor's degree 10 17 29 26 17 0 187
Post grad study/professional degree 7 17 28 29 18 0 169
income
Less than $30k 11 16 31 26 16 0 269
$30k to less than $50k 5 18 21 35 21 0 224
$50k to less than $75k 12 20 27 26 16 0 168
$75k to less than $100k 11 21 33 21 13 1 134
$100k or more 7 23 25 29 15 0 205
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 20 34 29 15 3 0 367
Independent 8 13 29 29 20 1 205
Democrat 0 9 25 39 26 0 429
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 21 30 30 16 3 0 246
Independent 9 20 29 26 17 0 438
Democrat 0 10 24 39 27 0 318
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 21 30 30 16 3 0 246
Lean Republican 17 40 27 11 5 0 121
Independent 8 13 29 29 20 1 205
Lean Democrat 1 9 30 37 24 0 112
Democrat 0 10 24 39 27 0 318
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 24 34 25 14 3 0 171
Weak Republican 13 22 42 22 1 0 74
Lean Republican 17 40 27 11 5 0 121
Independent 8 13 29 29 20 1 205
Lean Democrat 1 9 30 37 24 0 112
Weak Democrat 0 8 27 45 20 0 128
Strong Democrat 0 10 22 35 32 0 190
DK/Refused 0 0 79 0 21 0 1
marital status
Single, that is never married 2 11 28 37 22 0 241
Single, living with a partner 4 24 27 24 21 0 99
Married 13 23 25 24 14 0 497
Separated 20 18 17 37 8 0 31
Widowed 8 22 44 19 7 0 29
Divorced 8 13 35 30 15 0 106
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 11 21 26 28 13 0 615
Black Non-Hispanic 7 15 24 28 26 0 118
Hispanic 6 13 28 35 18 0 164
Other 4 22 40 15 18 0 83
religious service attendance
More than once a week 20 24 32 20 3 1 85
Once a week 19 25 35 14 8 0 156
Once or twice a month 11 42 18 19 9 0 79
A few times a year 6 28 23 25 17 0 133
Seldom 9 13 29 35 14 0 255
Never 1 10 25 35 29 0 294
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 20 32 29 15 5 NA 185
Mainline Protestant 9 18 30 27 16 NA 125
Roman Catholic 9 23 27 29 11 NA 212
No religion 4 11 25 32 28 NA 305
Other religion 6 15 28 34 16 NA 170
ideology
Very conservative 29 33 23 10 5 NA 136
Somewhat conservative 15 37 31 15 2 NA 215
Moderate 5 16 32 33 14 NA 351
Somewhat liberal 1 6 24 44 26 NA 178
Very liberal 2 1 17 33 47 NA 121

C1: Justice nomination majority

What is your guess as to whether a majority of the current US Supreme Court Justices were appointed by Democratic or Republican presidents?
Definitely a majority appointed by Democratic presidents Probably a majority appointed by Democratic presidents Probably a majority appointed by Republican presidents Definitely a majority appointed by Republican presidents n
sex
Male 4 15 35 46 469
Female 3 19 44 34 508
Another gender 0 10 56 35 12
age
18-29 4 25 38 34 205
30-44 4 21 43 32 249
45-59 6 16 39 39 234
60+ 1 10 38 50 314
education
Less than HS 12 39 31 18 80
HS graduate 3 24 40 33 291
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 3 17 38 41 275
Bachelor's degree 3 9 46 43 187
Post grad study/professional degree 2 3 40 55 169
income
Less than $30k 5 31 37 27 269
$30k to less than $50k 4 12 45 39 224
$50k to less than $75k 3 15 43 40 168
$75k to less than $100k 6 16 30 48 134
$100k or more 0 7 41 52 205
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 5 17 42 35 367
Independent 2 24 45 29 205
Democrat 3 14 35 48 429
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 6 18 40 36 246
Independent 2 19 44 35 438
Democrat 4 14 33 49 318
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 6 18 40 36 246
Lean Republican 4 17 44 34 121
Independent 2 24 45 29 205
Lean Democrat 0 12 42 46 112
Democrat 4 14 33 49 318
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 8 16 33 43 171
Weak Republican 2 20 58 20 74
Lean Republican 4 17 44 34 121
Independent 2 24 45 29 205
Lean Democrat 0 12 42 46 112
Weak Democrat 4 19 39 38 128
Strong Democrat 3 11 29 57 190
DK/Refused 0 0 0 100 1
marital status
Single, that is never married 3 20 39 37 241
Single, living with a partner 12 31 33 24 99
Married 1 13 41 44 497
Separated 2 26 42 29 31
Widowed 2 22 35 41 29
Divorced 7 12 38 43 106
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 4 14 37 45 615
Black Non-Hispanic 3 21 40 36 118
Hispanic 2 25 44 29 164
Other 8 19 44 30 83
religious service attendance
More than once a week 3 18 38 40 85
Once a week 1 15 44 40 156
Once or twice a month 6 24 37 34 79
A few times a year 8 18 36 38 133
Seldom 3 20 43 33 255
Never 3 13 37 47 294
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 1 15 42 42 185
Mainline Protestant 6 21 32 40 125
Roman Catholic 3 20 42 34 212
No religion 5 14 37 44 305
Other religion 2 17 44 36 170
ideology
Very conservative 5 15 41 40 136
Somewhat conservative 6 20 46 27 215
Moderate 2 21 42 35 351
Somewhat liberal 3 13 32 52 178
Very liberal 1 7 34 57 121

C2A: Justice motivations, v1

In general, what most often motivates Supreme Court justices’ decisions?
Mainly politics Mainly the law n
sex
Male 50 50 248
Female 52 48 258
Another gender 78 22 10
age
18-29 60 40 104
30-44 56 44 130
45-59 53 47 131
60+ 43 57 160
education
Less than HS 41 59 62
HS graduate 54 46 139
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 56 44 133
Bachelor's degree 52 48 98
Post grad study/professional degree 51 49 93
income
Less than $30k 55 45 151
$30k to less than $50k 57 43 115
$50k to less than $75k 52 48 75
$75k to less than $100k 55 45 77
$100k or more 41 59 105
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 26 74 187
Independent 53 47 106
Democrat 73 27 232
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 31 69 130
Independent 50 50 229
Democrat 71 29 166
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 31 69 130
Lean Republican 15 85 56
Independent 53 47 106
Lean Democrat 75 25 66
Democrat 71 29 166
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 34 66 90
Weak Republican 26 74 41
Lean Republican 15 85 56
Independent 53 47 106
Lean Democrat 75 25 66
Weak Democrat 72 28 67
Strong Democrat 71 29 98
marital status
Single, that is never married 60 40 124
Single, living with a partner 43 57 56
Married 48 52 251
Separated 53 47 17
Widowed 36 64 18
Divorced 69 31 59
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 49 51 320
Black Non-Hispanic 59 41 61
Hispanic 64 36 77
Other 45 55 55
religious service attendance
More than once a week 34 66 41
Once a week 35 65 71
Once or twice a month 51 49 42
A few times a year 53 47 67
Seldom 60 40 149
Never 57 43 156
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 35 65 85
Mainline Protestant 44 56 55
Roman Catholic 52 48 114
No religion 63 37 170
Other religion 56 44 97
ideology
Very conservative 36 64 78
Somewhat conservative 31 69