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23% Give Supreme Court a Poor Rating

Though overall voter ratings for the U.S. Supreme Court have shifted little from last month, the percentage that says the high court is doing a poor job is at its highest level since August 2007.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 35% of Likely Voters give the Supreme Court good or excellent ratings. Twenty-three percent (23%) rate the performance of the justices as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

The number who rate the high court as good or excellent is unchanged from last month, while the poor rating is up from 19%.

Prior to the latest results, the number giving the Supreme Court a poor rating has ranged from 12% to 22% over the past two years.

The court was most recently in the news with its decision last week upholding the ban against openly gay Americans serving in the U.S. military.

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Survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on November 15-16, 2010 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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