Marquette Law School Supreme Court Poll March 13-22, 2023

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 7 42 31 20 486
Female 5 34 36 25 508
Another gender 0 51 10 39 3
age
18-29 3 25 47 25 192
30-44 3 37 38 22 266
45-59 8 38 30 24 246
60+ 10 46 23 21 299
education
Less than HS 3 46 35 17 96
HS graduate 6 45 33 16 293
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 4 34 40 22 263
Bachelor's degree 7 37 29 25 179
Post grad study/professional degree 10 27 27 37 172
income
Less than $30k 4 41 35 20 273
$30k to less than $50k 5 32 40 22 173
$50k to less than $75k 4 37 37 20 188
$75k to less than $100k 5 43 27 25 127
$100k or more 10 36 27 27 240
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 12 53 25 9 432
Independent 1 31 43 24 143
Democrat 2 24 38 36 429
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 13 52 26 8 307
Independent 3 36 35 26 397
Democrat 2 26 38 34 300
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 13 52 26 8 307
Lean Republican 9 57 22 12 125
Independent 1 31 43 24 143
Lean Democrat 0 20 40 40 129
Democrat 2 26 38 34 300
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 16 54 21 9 199
Weak Republican 9 48 37 6 108
Lean Republican 9 57 22 12 125
Independent 1 31 43 24 143
Lean Democrat 0 20 40 40 129
Weak Democrat 1 28 45 26 122
Strong Democrat 3 24 33 40 178
marital status
Single, that is never married 2 31 41 26 268
Single, living with a partner 5 30 47 18 102
Married 8 43 27 22 486
Separated 9 40 27 24 15
Widowed 19 47 25 9 24
Divorced 7 35 33 25 109
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 8 38 32 22 616
Black Non-Hispanic 3 37 31 27 116
Hispanic 3 33 36 28 168
Other 1 42 40 17 86
religious service attendance
More than once a week 17 41 29 10 60
Once a week 14 52 23 12 183
Once or twice a month 11 49 14 26 68
A few times a year 3 43 32 22 157
Seldom 3 35 40 22 256
Never 1 25 40 34 280
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 10 48 28 15 243
Mainline Protestant 4 39 37 19 135
Roman Catholic 8 46 27 19 202
No religion 2 25 40 33 312
Other religion 9 32 35 23 109
ideology
Very conservative 19 55 13 13 118
Somewhat conservative 11 58 22 8 219
Moderate 2 37 42 19 402
Somewhat liberal 2 20 44 34 160
Very liberal 2 6 31 62 103
voter registration status
Yes 7 37 31 25 782
No 2 41 40 16 218

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 49 51 486
Female 39 61 508
Another gender 51 49 3
age
18-29 28 72 192
30-44 40 60 266
45-59 45 54 246
60+ 56 44 299
education
Less than HS 49 51 96
HS graduate 51 49 293
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 38 62 263
Bachelor's degree 44 55 179
Post grad study/professional degree 36 64 172
income
Less than $30k 45 55 273
$30k to less than $50k 38 62 173
$50k to less than $75k 42 58 188
$75k to less than $100k 48 52 127
$100k or more 46 54 240
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 66 34 432
Independent 32 67 143
Democrat 26 74 429
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 66 34 307
Independent 39 61 397
Democrat 28 72 300
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 66 34 307
Lean Republican 66 34 125
Independent 32 67 143
Lean Democrat 20 80 129
Democrat 28 72 300
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 70 30 199
Weak Republican 57 43 108
Lean Republican 66 34 125
Independent 32 67 143
Lean Democrat 20 80 129
Weak Democrat 29 71 122
Strong Democrat 27 73 178
marital status
Single, that is never married 34 66 268
Single, living with a partner 35 65 102
Married 50 49 486
Separated 49 51 15
Widowed 66 34 24
Divorced 42 58 109
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 46 54 616
Black Non-Hispanic 41 58 116
Hispanic 36 64 168
Other 43 57 86
religious service attendance
More than once a week 58 39 60
Once a week 65 35 183
Once or twice a month 60 40 68
A few times a year 46 54 157
Seldom 38 62 256
Never 26 74 280
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 57 43 243
Mainline Protestant 44 56 135
Roman Catholic 54 46 202
No religion 27 73 312
Other religion 41 58 109
ideology
Very conservative 74 26 118
Somewhat conservative 69 31 219
Moderate 39 61 402
Somewhat liberal 21 79 160
Very liberal 8 92 103
voter registration status
Yes 44 56 782
No 43 57 218

C1: 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 n
sex
Male 7 26 40 19 7 486
Female 7 16 40 25 12 508
Another gender 13 0 48 13 26 3
age
18-29 6 15 43 19 17 192
30-44 4 19 42 21 14 266
45-59 8 18 40 28 6 246
60+ 9 29 36 20 6 299
education
Less than HS 14 17 31 27 12 96
HS graduate 6 20 47 18 9 293
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 7 21 41 21 9 263
Bachelor's degree 4 24 35 21 15 179
Post grad study/professional degree 6 22 36 28 8 172
income
Less than $30k 8 17 38 22 14 273
$30k to less than $50k 4 22 41 23 9 173
$50k to less than $75k 8 19 46 19 9 188
$75k to less than $100k 6 25 40 20 9 127
$100k or more 7 25 35 25 8 240
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 9 32 45 9 5 432
Independent 4 12 41 27 16 143
Democrat 6 14 34 33 14 429
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 10 37 40 9 4 307
Independent 4 14 44 24 13 397
Democrat 7 14 33 33 12 300
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 10 37 40 9 4 307
Lean Republican 7 19 58 11 5 125
Independent 4 12 41 27 16 143
Lean Democrat 2 12 34 32 18 129
Democrat 7 14 33 33 12 300
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 10 36 42 8 4 199
Weak Republican 9 39 37 10 4 108
Lean Republican 7 19 58 11 5 125
Independent 4 12 41 27 16 143
Lean Democrat 2 12 34 32 18 129
Weak Democrat 7 13 33 31 14 122
Strong Democrat 7 15 34 35 9 178
marital status
Single, that is never married 8 14 44 20 14 268
Single, living with a partner 5 19 40 25 11 102
Married 6 25 40 20 8 486
Separated 9 27 33 27 5 15
Widowed 32 17 24 26 2 24
Divorced 5 23 34 29 10 109
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 7 23 40 22 8 616
Black Non-Hispanic 11 13 32 26 18 116
Hispanic 4 23 42 18 14 168
Other 8 17 43 25 6 86
religious service attendance
More than once a week 14 29 33 15 8 60
Once a week 9 34 40 10 7 183
Once or twice a month 5 28 37 21 9 68
A few times a year 7 16 53 16 7 157
Seldom 5 17 40 27 11 256
Never 6 16 34 31 14 280
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 9 23 43 16 8 243
Mainline Protestant 10 15 44 22 9 135
Roman Catholic 5 32 40 16 6 202
No religion 5 17 34 29 14 312
Other religion 6 15 41 27 11 109
ideology
Very conservative 12 28 43 7 10 118
Somewhat conservative 11 34 44 8 3 219
Moderate 6 20 42 23 10 402
Somewhat liberal 3 13 37 38 8 160
Very liberal 3 5 24 39 29 103
voter registration status
Yes 7 23 38 23 9 782
No 6 16 47 18 13 218

C4: Confidence in local courts