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Confidence in the Supreme Court

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(As you know, our federal government is made up of three branches: an Executive branch, headed by the President:a Judicial branch, headed by the US Supreme Court:and a Legislative branch, made up of the US Senate and House of Representatives.) Let me ask you how much trust and confidence you have at this time in...the Judicial branch, headed by the US Supreme Court--a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




(Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one--a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?)...The US Supreme Court
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Switching gears now, below is a short list of institutions. How often do you trust each of them to do the right thing?...All of the time, most of the time, some of the time, never)...The Supreme Court
Sample: National youth age 18-29
Young Americans? Attitudes toward Politics and Public Service Survey, [Mar, 2013]



Rating the Performance of the Supreme Court

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Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Roberts is handling his job as chief justice of the US Supreme Court?
Note: Asked of half sample
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




Would you say your overall opinion of...the Supreme Court is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jul, 2013]



Power and Influence

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At the present time, do you think religion as a whole is increasing its influence on government leaders and institutions such as the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court, or losing its influence?
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 2010 Religion & Public Life Survey, [Jul, 2010]




All in all, do you think this (that religion is increasing its influence on government leaders and institutions such as the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court) is a good thing or a bad thing?
Note: Asked of those in Form 2 half sample who said religion is increasing its influence on government leaders and institutions such as the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court (23% of Form 2 half sample)
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 2010 Religion & Public Life Survey, [Jul, 2010]




All in all, do you think this (that religion is losing its influence on government leaders and institutions such as the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court) is a good thing or a bad thing?
Note: Asked of those in Form 2 half sample who said religion is losing its influence on government leaders and institutions such as the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court (62% of Form 2 half sample)
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 2010 Religion & Public Life Survey, [Jul, 2010]



Is the Supreme Court too Conservative/Liberal?

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In general, do you think the current Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?
Gallup Poll, [Sep, 2013]




In general, do you think the US Supreme Court is too liberal or too conservative in its decisions?
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Jul, 2013]




Thinking about the Supreme Court...In your view, do you think the current Supreme Court is conservative, middle of the road, or liberal?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jul, 2013]



Appointment of Justices

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Who do you want to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice?...Barack Obama or Mitt Romney
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Oct, 2012]




Most Supreme Court watchers were surprised when Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, sided with four liberal justices to rule the health care law Constitutional. Which do you think better describes his actions--was he purely following the Constitution or was he trying to protect his own image and the Court's non-partisan image?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Jul, 2012]




(How big of a role do you think each of the following played in the (United States) Supreme Court's decision in the case challenging parts of the (2010) health care law?) What about...whether a Justice was appointed by a Republican or Democratic president? Do you think this played a major role, a minor role, or no role at all in the Justices' decision on this case?
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, [Jun, 2012]



Supreme Court and Abortion

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The US Supreme Court has said abortion is legal without restriction in about the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Some states have passed laws reducing this to 20 weeks. If it has to be one or the other, would you rather have abortions legal without restriction up to 20 weeks, or up to 24 weeks?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Jul, 2013]




As you may know, the House of Representatives recently approved legislation that would ban virtually all abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape and incest that are reported to authorities. Supporters say the legislation is necessary because they believe a fetus can feel pain at that point of the pregnancy. Opponents say it undermines the right to abortion that the US Supreme Court established in 1973. Would you support or oppose such legislation?
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Jun, 2013]




The Supreme Court's decision in Roe versus Wade dealt with which of the following issues?...Abortion, the death penalty, school desegregation, environmental protection
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jan, 2013]



Supreme Court and the Schools

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The Supreme Court's decision in Roe versus Wade dealt with which of the following issues?...Abortion, the death penalty, school desegregation, environmental protection
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [Jan, 2013]




The United States Supreme Court has ruled that no state or local government may require the reading of the Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools. What are your views on this--do you approve or disapprove of the court ruling?
Note: Asked of 2/3 sample
General Social Survey 2012, [Mar, 2012]




As Dean of Harvard Law School, Elena Kagan denied the military full access to recruit students to join the armed services because of the military's 'don't ask don't tell' policy regarding gays in the military. Does her decision make you more likely or less likely to support a senator who votes to confirm her to the Supreme Court?
Sample: National likely voters
Resurgent Republic Survey, [Jun, 2010]



Nominating Women/Blacks/Hispanics/Minorities

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Thinking about Elena Kagan's background, does each of the following make you more likely to support her nomination (to the Supreme Court), does it make no difference to you, or does it make you less likely to support her nomination?...She is a woman.
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, [May, 2010]




For each item I name, please tell me whether to you personally it would be a factor in favor of a Supreme Court nominee, a factor against a Supreme Court nominee, or not a factor one way or the other. What if the nominee is...a woman? (If In favor/Against, ask:) Is that a strong factor or not a strong factor?
Note: Asked of half sample
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Apr, 2010]




Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recently announced he will resign at the end of his term, which will give Barack Obama his second chance to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. I'm going to read a list of qualities that might be considered when selecting a new justice. For each one, please tell me whether you think it should be the single most important factor, should be a factor, but not the most important, shouldn't matter, or should be a disqualifying factor....The nominee being a woman
%
2     Should be the single most important factor
12     Should be a factor, but not the most important
83     Shouldn't matter
2     Should be a disqualifying factor
1     Don't know
Sample: National registered voters
FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll, [Apr, 2010]



From the Archives


As you may know, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that citizens have the constitutional right to destroy or burn the American flag as a form of political protest if they so choose. Do you favor or oppose the Court's decision? Do you favor/oppose it strongly or somewhat?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Aug, 1989]




(In the last few years, do you think the Supreme Court has been getting more conservative in its decisions, more liberal in its decisions, or stayed about the same) Is that a good thing or bad thing?
%
23     More conservative/Good thing
22     More conservative/Bad thing
1     More conservative/Neither (vol.)
3     More conservative/Both (vol.)
3     More conservative/Don't know/No opinion
11     More liberal/Good thing
16     More liberal/Bad thing
2     More liberal/Neither (vol.)
3     More liberal/Both (vol.)
*     More liberal/Don't know/No opinion
4     Staying the same/Good thing
2     Staying the same/Bad thing
*     Staying the same/Neither (vol.)
1     Staying the same/Don't know/No opinion
3     Don't know/No opinion
Note: Respondents who had an opinion (91%)
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Jul, 1991]




What factors would discourage you from driving after drinking? Would it be... a jail sentence?
Sample: National licensed drivers age 16 and over
Note: See note
Gallup/Mothers Against Drunk Driving Survey, 1994, [Feb, 1993]




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