Friday, June 24, 2011
After falling to a four-year low just over two months ago, ratings for the job the U.S. Supreme Court is doing have returned to earlier levels.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 35% of Likely Voters say, generally speaking, the Supreme Court is doing a good or excellent job. Eighteen percent (18%) rate the high court’s performance as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
In late March, 30% of voters gave the Supreme Court positive marks on their performance. In the first survey conducted just after Elena Kagan actively participated in a court hearing, 38% approved of the job the high court was doing. The court's good/excellent ratings have generally run in the mid-to upper 30s in surveying since November 2006.
Thirty-one percent (31%) continue to believe the Supreme Court is too liberal, while 26% say it’s too conservative. Thirty percent (30%) believe the Supreme Court’s ideology is about right, and another 13% are undecided. These findings have changed little since July 2009.
The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 22-23, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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