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?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly approve 61 6 6 6
Somewhat approve 378 38 38 44
Somewhat disapprove 334 33 33 77
Strongly disapprove 229 23 23 100
Skipped/Ref 2 0 0 100

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?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Approve 439 44 44 44
Disapprove 564 56 56 100
Skipped/Ref 2 0 0 100

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?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
A great deal 69 7 7 7
Quite a lot 212 21 21 28
Some 400 40 40 68
Very little 221 22 22 90
None at all 101 10 10 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C4: Confidence in local courts

[The courts in your community] 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 75 7 7 7
Quite a lot 245 24 24 32
Some 446 44 44 76
Very little 165 16 16 93
None at all 73 7 7 100

C7: 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?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Definitely a majority appointed by Democratic presidents 39 4 4 4
Probably a majority appointed by Democratic presidents 234 23 23 27
Probably a majority appointed by Republican presidents 416 41 41 69
Definitely a majority appointed by Republican presidents 314 31 31 100
Skipped/Ref 2 0 0 100

C8: Fav/Unfav: Alito

[Samuel Alito] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 341 34 34 34
Heard but not enough 350 35 35 69
Favorable opinion 148 15 15 84
Unfavorable opinion 165 16 16 100

C9: Fav/Unfav: Coney Barrett

[Amy Coney Barrett] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 267 27 27 27
Heard but not enough 246 25 25 51
Favorable opinion 220 22 22 73
Unfavorable opinion 271 27 27 100

C10: Fav/Unfav: Gorsuch

[Neil Gorsuch] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 356 35 35 35
Heard but not enough 319 32 32 67
Favorable opinion 177 18 18 85
Unfavorable opinion 151 15 15 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C11: Fav/Unfav: Brown Jackson

[Ketanji Brown Jackson] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 273 27 27 27
Heard but not enough 323 32 32 59
Favorable opinion 260 26 26 85
Unfavorable opinion 148 15 15 100

C12: Fav/Unfav: Kagan

[Elena Kagan] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 390 39 39 39
Heard but not enough 344 34 34 73
Favorable opinion 172 17 17 90
Unfavorable opinion 98 10 10 100

C13: Fav/Unfav: Kavanaugh

[Brett Kavanaugh] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 182 18 18 18
Heard but not enough 227 23 23 41
Favorable opinion 253 25 25 66
Unfavorable opinion 341 34 34 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C14: Fav/Unfav: Roberts

[John Roberts] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 303 30 30 30
Heard but not enough 304 30 30 60
Favorable opinion 250 25 25 85
Unfavorable opinion 148 15 15 100

C15: Fav/Unfav: Sotomayor

[Sonia Sotomayor] For each of these names have you never heard of them, heard of them but don’t know enough to have an opinion of them, have a favorable opinion or have an