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

C1: SCOTUS 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 94 9 9 9
Somewhat approve 338 34 34 43
Somewhat disapprove 319 32 32 75
Strongly disapprove 256 25 25 100

C1: SCOTUS 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 432 43 43 43
Disapprove 575 57 57 100

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?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
A great deal 67 7 7 7
Quite a lot 212 21 21 28
Some 376 37 37 65
Very little 245 24 24 89
None at all 106 11 11 100

C3: Confidence in Congress

[Congress] 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 34 3 3 3
Quite a lot 89 9 9 12
Some 387 38 38 51
Very little 383 38 38 89
None at all 114 11 11 100

C4: Confidence in Presidency

[The Presidency] 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 91 9 9 9
Quite a lot 146 15 15 24
Some 332 33 33 57
Very little 259 26 26 82
None at all 179 18 18 100

C5: Confidence in state Supreme Court

[Your state Supreme Court or highest court in your state] 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 74 7 7 7
Quite a lot 229 23 23 30
Some 454 45 45 75
Very little 179 18 18 93
None at all 72 7 7 100

C6: Confidence in DOJ

[The U.S. Department of Justice] 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 87 9 9 9
Quite a lot 211 21 21 30
Some 352 35 35 65
Very little 224 22 22 87
None at all 131 13 13 100
Skipped/Ref 2 0 0 100

C7: Confidence in juries

[Juries that decide guilt or innocence in criminal cases] 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 110 11 11 11
Quite a lot 294 29 29 40
Some 410 41 41 81
Very little 148 15 15 96
None at all 45 4 4 100

C8: 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 56 6 6 6
Probably a majority appointed by Democratic presidents 202 20 20 26
Probably a majority appointed by Republican presidents 422 42 42 67
Definitely a majority appointed by Republican presidents 326 32 32 100
Skipped/Ref 1 0 0 100

C9: Heard about SCOTUS last month

Thinking about the last month only, how much have you heard or read about the U.S. Supreme Court?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
A lot 169 17 17 17
A little 617 61 61 78
Nothing at all 221 22 22 100

C10: Justice motivations

In general, what most often motivates Supreme Court justices’ decisions?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Mainly politics 523 52 52 52
Mainly the law 482 48 48 100
Skipped/Ref 2 0 0 100

C11: Justice ethics/honesty

[U.S. Supreme Court Justices] Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Very high 66 7 7 7
High 236 23 23 30
Average 411 41 41 71
Low 196 19 19 90
Very low 98 10 10 100

C12: Increase # of justices