Marquette Law School Supreme Court Poll September 18-25, 2023

(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.

C1: SCOTUS 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 12 37 25 26 484
Female 6 31 38 25 510
Another gender 18 31 14 37 7
age
18-29 7 35 28 31 196
30-44 7 31 33 29 262
45-59 10 32 36 22 247
60+ 13 37 29 22 301
education
Less than HS 8 38 37 17 97
HS graduate 10 42 29 19 297
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 9 29 33 29 265
Bachelor's degree 8 32 30 30 162
Post grad study/professional degree 11 25 33 31 184
income
Less than $30k 8 33 28 30 270
$30k to less than $50k 7 39 34 20 148
$50k to less than $75k 9 37 29 24 197
$75k to less than $100k 5 38 38 19 139
$100k or more 14 25 32 28 249
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 17 49 19 15 418
Independent 3 30 49 18 136
Democrat 4 21 38 38 453
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 20 48 19 13 328
Independent 4 34 39 23 328
Democrat 4 20 37 39 351
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 20 48 19 13 328
Lean Republican 8 53 20 19 90
Independent 3 30 49 18 136
Lean Democrat 3 22 42 33 101
Democrat 4 20 37 39 351
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 26 46 15 14 221
Weak Republican 7 53 28 13 107
Lean Republican 8 53 20 19 90
Independent 3 30 49 18 136
Lean Democrat 3 22 42 33 101
Weak Democrat 3 32 35 31 120
Strong Democrat 5 14 38 43 231
marital status
Single, that is never married 8 32 29 31 244
Single, living with a partner 3 30 39 29 119
Married 12 35 32 21 487
Separated 5 52 26 17 16
Widowed 13 24 30 33 51
Divorced 6 37 32 25 89
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 11 33 30 26 616
Black Non-Hispanic 6 24 41 29 117
Hispanic 3 45 30 22 175
Other 14 28 33 25 90
religious service attendance
More than once a week 26 40 17 17 56
Once a week 10 45 30 15 154
Once or twice a month 17 48 21 14 67
A few times a year 9 29 36 26 170
Seldom 8 38 31 23 261
Never 6 22 36 36 299
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 14 37 30 19 230
Mainline Protestant 11 36 26 28 169
Roman Catholic 10 37 33 20 190
No religion 5 25 37 33 315
Other religion 6 42 27 25 99
ideology
Very conservative 30 43 15 12 141
Somewhat conservative 14 55 18 14 231
Moderate 4 32 44 19 351
Somewhat liberal 2 20 39 40 156
Very liberal 1 5 32 62 127
voter registration status
Yes 10 33 30 27 790
No 5 38 37 20 214

C1: SCOTUS 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 51 484
Female 37 63 510
Another gender 49 51 7
age
18-29 41 59 196
30-44 38 62 262
45-59 42 58 247
60+ 49 51 301
education
Less than HS 46 54 97
HS graduate 52 48 297
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 38 62 265
Bachelor's degree 40 60 162
Post grad study/professional degree 36 64 184
income
Less than $30k 42 58 270
$30k to less than $50k 46 54 148
$50k to less than $75k 47 53 197
$75k to less than $100k 44 56 139
$100k or more 39 61 249
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 66 34 418
Independent 33 67 136
Democrat 24 76 453
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 68 32 328
Independent 38 62 328
Democrat 24 76 351
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 68 32 328
Lean Republican 61 39 90
Independent 33 67 136
Lean Democrat 24 76 101
Democrat 24 76 351
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 71 29 221
Weak Republican 60 40 107
Lean Republican 61 39 90
Independent 33 67 136
Lean Democrat 24 76 101
Weak Democrat 34 66 120
Strong Democrat 19 81 231
marital status
Single, that is never married 40 60 244
Single, living with a partner 33 67 119
Married 47 53 487
Separated 57 43 16
Widowed 37 63 51
Divorced 43 57 89
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 44 56 616
Black Non-Hispanic 30 70 117
Hispanic 48 52 175
Other 42 58 90
religious service attendance
More than once a week 66 34 56
Once a week 56 44 154
Once or twice a month 65 35 67
A few times a year 38 62 170
Seldom 45 55 261
Never 28 72 299
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 52 48 230
Mainline Protestant 46 54 169
Roman Catholic 47 53 190
No religion 30 70 315
Other religion 48 52 99
ideology
Very conservative 73 27 141
Somewhat conservative 69 31 231
Moderate 37 63 351
Somewhat liberal 22 78 156
Very liberal 6 94 127
voter registration status
Yes 43 57 790
No 43 57 214

C3: 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 8 26 34 21 12 484
Female 6 17 41 27 9 510
Another gender 0 0 31 51 18 7
age
18-29 6 18 36 23 18 196
30-44 7 18 37 25 13 262
45-59 7 21 36 28 8 247
60+ 7 26 40 21 6 301
education
Less than HS 9 11 50 24 6 97
HS graduate 7 24 41 16 11 297
Vocational/tech school/some college/ associates 6 21 36 26 11 265
Bachelor's degree 5 20 38 24 13 162
Post grad study/professional degree 7 23 25 36 9 184
income
Less than $30k 6 15 35 28 15 270
$30k to less than $50k 6 20 52 13 9 148
$50k to less than $75k 9 21 41 20 9 197
$75k to less than $100k 4 29 32 30 6 139
$100k or more 6 24 31 28 10 249
party ID, leaners as partisans
Republican 10 36 38 10 6 418
Independent 4 11 40 30 14 136
Democrat 4 11 36 36 14 453
party ID, leaners as independents
Republican 12 36 39 9 4 328
Independent 4 18 36 27 14 328
Democrat 4 9 37 36 13 351
party ID, leaners separate
Republican 12 36 39 9 4 328
Lean Republican 5 33 34 14 15 90
Independent 4 11 40 30 14 136
Lean Democrat 3 15 33 34 14 101
Democrat 4 9 37 36 13 351
party ID, 7-category
Strong Republican 14 38 36 8 4 221
Weak Republican 7 33 45 11 4 107
Lean Republican 5 33 34 14 15 90
Independent 4 11 40 30 14 136
Lean Democrat 3 15 33 34 14 101
Weak Democrat 3 17 37 30 14 120
Strong Democrat 5 5 37 39 13 231
marital status
Single, that is never married 6 16 35 24 19 244
Single, living with a partner 3 15 43 28 12 119
Married 8 24 38 22 7 487
Separated 7 17 46 22 9 16
Widowed 6 20 30 37 7 51
Divorced 4 28 33 30 5 89
race and ethnicity
White Non-Hispanic 6 24 37 25 9 616
Black Non-Hispanic 9 5 50 20 17 117
Hispanic 6 22 36 24 12 175
Other 11 19 32 29 10 90
religious service attendance
More than once a week 22 24 38 16 0 56
Once a week 7 31 39 15 8 154
Once or twice a month 17 27 33 18 6 67
A few times a year 4 22 38 24 12 170
Seldom 3 23 41 25 8 261
Never 6 12 34 32 17 299
religious preference
Born-again Protestant 10 27 37 19 8 230
Mainline Protestant 5 17 49 21 8 169
Roman Catholic 7 28 44 15 7 190
No religion 5 14 29 37 15 315
Other religion 7 25 32 23 13 99
ideology
Very conservative 18 37 28 11 6 141
Somewhat conservative 8 40 38 7 7 231
Moderate 4 17 42 28 9 351
Somewhat liberal 1 6 44 32 17 156
Very liberal 3 0 26 51 20 127
voter registration status
Yes 6 22 38 23 10 790
No 7 18 35 28 12 214

C3: Confidence in Congress