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Marquette Law School Supreme Court Poll March 18-28, 2024

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 82 8 8 8
Somewhat approve 388 39 39 47
Somewhat disapprove 316 32 32 79
Strongly disapprove 213 21 21 100

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 471 47 47 47
Disapprove 529 53 53 100

C2: 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 87 9 9 9
Quite a lot 209 21 21 30
Some 373 37 37 67
Very little 229 23 23 90
None at all 103 10 10 100

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 41 4 4 4
Quite a lot 88 9 9 13
Some 360 36 36 49
Very little 378 38 38 87
None at all 134 13 13 100

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 90 9 9 9
Quite a lot 193 19 19 28
Some 313 31 31 60
Very little 237 24 24 83
None at all 168 17 17 100

C5: 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 65 7 7 7
Quite a lot 206 21 21 27
Some 368 37 37 64
Very little 235 23 23 87
None at all 126 13 13 100

C6: 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 102 10 10 10
Quite a lot 288 29 29 39
Some 438 44 44 83
Very little 113 11 11 94
None at all 59 6 6 100

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 44 4 4 4
Probably a majority appointed by Democratic presidents 209 21 21 25
Probably a majority appointed by Republican presidents 428 43 43 68
Definitely a majority appointed by Republican presidents 319 32 32 100

C8: 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 302 30 30 30
A little 504 50 50 81
Nothing at all 194 19 19 100

C9: Justice motivations

In general, what most often motivates Supreme Court justices’ decisions?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Mainly politics 503 50 50 50
Mainly the law 497 50 50 100

C10A: Trump insurrection ruling, v1

On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that states cannot bar Donald Trump from election ballots based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. How much do you favor or oppose this decision?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly favor 177 18 35 35
Somewhat favor 116 12 23 58
Somewhat oppose 86 9 17 75
Strongly oppose 123 12 25 100
(Missing) 498 50 NA NA

C10B: Trump insurrection ruling, v2

On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot bar Donald Trump from election ballots based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. How much do you favor or oppose this decision?
Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent
Strongly favor 200 20 40 40
Somewhat favor 72 7 14 55
Somewhat oppose 69 7 14 68
Strongly oppose 111 11 22 91
Don't know 46 5 9 100
(Missing) 502 50 NA NA

C10: Trump insurrection ruling, combined