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35% Say Supreme Court Doing Good or Excellent Job, 18% Say Poor

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.

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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.


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