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Supreme Court Update

Voters Put More Trust in SCOTUS Than Congress, President

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Voters trust the Supreme Court much more than the other branches of the federal government these days, and they think the high court does a good job regulating what the feds can and cannot do.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters trust the Supreme Court above Congress and the president, up significantly from the previous high of 28% in 2015.  Just 21% say they trust the president the most, down from findings between 29% and 33% while President Obama was in office.  Fifteen percent (15%) put their trust in Congress, down from 21% in 2015 but in line with earlier surveys. Another one-in-four (23%) are not sure which branch of the federal government they put the most trust in. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 3-4, 2018 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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