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?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly approve 68 7 7 7
Somewhat approve 343 34 34 41
Somewhat disapprove 355 35 35 76
Strongly disapprove 243 24 24 100
Skipped/Ref 1 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 412 41 41 41
Disapprove 597 59 59 100
Skipped/Ref 1 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 76 8 8 8
Quite a lot 171 17 17 25
Some 365 36 36 61
Very little 265 26 26 87
None at all 132 13 13 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C6: 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 47 5 5 5
Probably a majority appointed by Democratic presidents 250 25 25 29
Probably a majority appointed by Republican presidents 413 41 41 70
Definitely a majority appointed by Republican presidents 299 30 30 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C7: 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 390 39 39 39
Heard but not enough 275 27 27 66
Favorable opinion 159 16 16 82
Unfavorable opinion 185 18 18 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C8: 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 318 31 31 31
Heard but not enough 235 23 23 55
Favorable opinion 189 19 19 73
Unfavorable opinion 268 27 27 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C9: 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 385 38 38 38
Heard but not enough 276 27 27 65
Favorable opinion 188 19 19 84
Unfavorable opinion 160 16 16 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C10: 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 360 36 36 36
Heard but not enough 287 28 28 64
Favorable opinion 223 22 22 86
Unfavorable opinion 139 14 14 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C11: 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 440 44 44 44
Heard but not enough 285 28 28 72
Favorable opinion 178 18 18 89
Unfavorable opinion 107 11 11 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C12: 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 239 24 24 24
Heard but not enough 227 22 22 46
Favorable opinion 221 22 22 68
Unfavorable opinion 322 32 32 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C13: 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 337 33 33 33
Heard but not enough 270 27 27 60
Favorable opinion 220 22 22 82
Unfavorable opinion 183 18 18 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C14: 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 unfavorable opinion?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Never heard of 302 30 30 30
Heard but not enough 264 26 26 56
Favorable opinion 292 29 29 85
Unfavorable opinion 150 15 15 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C15: Fav/Unfav: Thomas