38% Say Supreme Court Has Too Much Power, 51% Say Right Amount

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters nationwide believe that the Supreme Court has too much power. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 51% believe the Justices have the right amount of power. Data released earlier shows that 60% of voters approve of the way the Court is performing its role.

The Court looks good in comparison to other branches of government. Forty-eight percent (48%) believe the presidency has too much power and 47% say the same about Congress. Not surprisingly, there’s a partisan twist to these numbers. If a Democrat was in the White House, Republicans would be more concerned about the president having too much power and Democrats would be less concerned.

The biggest public concern, however, lies with appointed officials in government agencies. Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe they have too much power. Just over half of younger voters hold this view (52%). Among those over 50, 65% believe these political appointees have too much power.

At the other extreme, 72% believe that the American people have too little power (see question wording and results). 

This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 15-16, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error  with a 95% level of confidence.

A related survey found that 64% believe freedom is more important than democracy. Other data showed that just 33% believe the US offers liberty and justice for all.

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