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.
ORBecome a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $3.95/month.
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $3.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.