National Survey of 1,000 Likely
Conducted October 22-23, 2009
By Rasmussen Reports
1* Generally speaking, how do you rate the way that the Supreme Court is doing its job—Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor?
4% Not sure
2* Should the Supreme Court make decisions based on what's written in the Constitution and legal precedents or should it be guided mostly by a sense of fairness and justice?
70% What’s written in the constitution
25% It should be guided by fairness and justice
6% Not sure
3* How does the Supreme Court work today? Does it make decisions primarily based on what's written in the Constitution and legal precedents or is it guided mostly by a sense of fairness and justice?
44% What’s written in the constitution
29% By fairness and justice
28% Not sure
4* Do most Supreme Court Justices have their own political agenda or do they generally remain impartial?
55% They have their own political agenda
29% They remain impartial
15% Not sure
5* In political terms is the Supreme Court too liberal, too conservative, or about right?
36% Too liberal
20% Too conservative
35% About right
9% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence