Marquette Law School Supreme Court Poll May 8-18, 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 9 40 29 23 474
Female 5 29 42 25 516
Another gender 15 32 29 25 7
age
18-29 6 28 42 22 209
30-44 4 29 41 26 261
45-59 2 43 29 26 242
60+ 13 35 30 22 298
education
Less than HS 4 36 40 19 88
HS graduate 9 40 36 15 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 6 31 40 23 269
Bachelor's degree 5 32 34 29 198
Post grad study/professional degree 7 29 25 39 168
income
Less than $30k 6 29 41 24 282
$30k to less than $50k 3 37 38 21 198
$50k to less than $75k 10 31 38 21 167
$75k to less than $100k 11 36 31 22 136
$100k or more 6 38 26 30 226
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 14 47 31 8 405
Independent 3 31 46 19 186
Democrat 2 23 34 41 418
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 16 43 32 8 300
Independent 3 34 41 21 407
Democrat 2 24 30 44 301
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 16 43 32 8 300
Lean Republican 7 56 28 8 105
Independent 3 31 46 19 186
Lean Democrat 0 20 44 36 116
Democrat 2 24 30 44 301
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 19 44 26 10 183
Weak Republican 10 42 42 5 118
Lean Republican 7 56 28 8 105
Independent 3 31 46 19 186
Lean Democrat 0 20 44 36 116
Weak Democrat 3 29 39 29 143
Strong Democrat 1 19 22 57 158
marital status
Single, that is never married 5 26 38 31 244
Single, living with a partner 5 31 36 29 129
Married 8 39 33 19 465
Separated 10 34 34 22 21
Widowed 6 33 39 22 58
Divorced 6 34 35 25 90
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 8 35 33 24 624
Black Non-Hispanic 6 33 37 24 116
Hispanic 6 30 41 23 170
Other 3 39 36 22 90
religious service attendance
More than once a week 10 32 40 16 54
Once a week 12 40 38 10 138
Once or twice a month 13 46 25 16 79
A few times a year 4 38 43 15 133
Seldom 7 31 37 25 292
Never 3 30 31 37 313
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 10 46 35 9 210
Mainline Protestant 6 29 39 26 167
Roman Catholic 9 37 34 19 189
No religion 4 25 36 36 320
Other religion 6 38 30 25 119
ideology
Very conservative 22 56 17 6 127
Somewhat conservative 14 45 31 10 222
Moderate 2 32 48 18 364
Somewhat liberal 1 19 37 43 170
Very liberal 2 16 21 61 124
voter registration status
Yes 7 34 33 25 791
No 5 32 44 18 214

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 51 474
Female 34 66 516
Another gender 46 54 7
age
18-29 35 65 209
30-44 33 67 261
45-59 45 55 242
60+ 48 52 298
education
Less than HS 40 60 88
HS graduate 49 50 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 37 63 269
Bachelor's degree 37 63 198
Post grad study/professional degree 36 64 168
income
Less than $30k 35 65 282
$30k to less than $50k 40 59 198
$50k to less than $75k 42 58 167
$75k to less than $100k 47 53 136
$100k or more 44 56 226
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 60 40 405
Independent 34 65 186
Democrat 24 76 418
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 59 41 300
Independent 38 62 407
Democrat 26 74 301
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 59 41 300
Lean Republican 64 36 105
Independent 34 65 186
Lean Democrat 20 80 116
Democrat 26 74 301
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 63 37 183
Weak Republican 53 47 118
Lean Republican 64 36 105
Independent 34 65 186
Lean Democrat 20 80 116
Weak Democrat 32 68 143
Strong Democrat 21 79 158
marital status
Single, that is never married 31 69 244
Single, living with a partner 35 65 129
Married 47 52 465
Separated 44 56 21
Widowed 39 61 58
Divorced 40 60 90
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 43 57 624
Black Non-Hispanic 39 61 116
Hispanic 35 64 170
Other 42 58 90
religious service attendance
More than once a week 42 56 54
Once a week 52 48 138
Once or twice a month 59 41 79
A few times a year 42 58 133
Seldom 38 62 292
Never 33 67 313
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 56 44 210
Mainline Protestant 35 65 167
Roman Catholic 46 54 189
No religion 29 71 320
Other religion 44 55 119
ideology
Very conservative 77 23 127
Somewhat conservative 59 41 222
Moderate 34 66 364
Somewhat liberal 19 81 170
Very liberal 19 81 124
voter registration status
Yes 42 58 791
No 37 62 214

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 10 18 35 24 13 474
Female 5 16 37 28 12 516
Another gender 15 0 32 32 22 7
age
18-29 6 12 32 29 21 209
30-44 6 9 35 34 15 261
45-59 5 21 43 20 11 242
60+ 12 23 34 23 7 298
education
Less than HS 10 12 39 23 16 88
HS graduate 9 15 39 27 10 287
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 6 16 38 24 16 269
Bachelor's degree 7 25 36 23 10 198
Post grad study/professional degree 8 16 27 34 15 168
income
Less than $30k 6 11 40 28 16 282
$30k to less than $50k 8 16 36 27 14 198
$50k to less than $75k 10 17 33 30 9 167
$75k to less than $100k 8 21 36 24 12 136
$100k or more 8 23 34 23 12 226
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 16 24 41 16 3 405
Independent 1 15 34 32 18 186
Democrat 3 11 32 34 20 418
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 17 25 40 15 3 300
Independent 4 15 36 29 15 407
Democrat 3 11 32 34 20 301
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 17 25 40 15 3 300
Lean Republican 13 19 45 20 3 105
Independent 1 15 34 32 18 186
Lean Democrat 1 12 33 33 21 116
Democrat 3 11 32 34 20 301
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 16 28 38 14 3 183
Weak Republican 18 20 42 16 4 118
Lean Republican 13 19 45 20 3 105
Independent 1 15 34 32 18 186
Lean Democrat 1 12 33 33 21 116
Weak Democrat 4 9 36 32 19 143
Strong Democrat 3 13 28 36 20 158
marital status
Single, that is never married 4 11 29 34 22 244
Single, living with a partner 6 10 41 28 15 129
Married 9 20 38 24 8 465
Separated 12 16 28 23 21 21
Widowed 4 28 40 11 17 58
Divorced 12 16 39 24 8 90
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 9 18 36 26 11 624
Black Non-Hispanic 4 11 43 23 20 116
Hispanic 6 18 34 28 14 170
Other 7 15 32 31 15 90
religious service attendance
More than once a week 7 19 36 23 14 54
Once a week 14 27 32 24 4 138
Once or twice a month 16 9 41 18 15 79
A few times a year 7 19 39 26 10 133
Seldom 4 18 40 26 12 292
Never 6 12 32 31 19 313
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 11 22 41 21 5 210
Mainline Protestant 4 19 43 24 10 167
Roman Catholic 12 18 34 27 8 189
No religion 3 12 33 31 21 320
Other religion 12 17 27 26 18 119
ideology
Very conservative 17 30 35 12 6 127
Somewhat conservative 16 22 40 18 5 222
Moderate 3 17 43 28 9 364
Somewhat liberal 3 8 29 36 25 170
Very liberal 3 7 21 37 33 124
voter registration status
Yes 8 17 38 26 11 791
No 6 14 31 28 20 214

C6: Justice nomination majority