38% Say Supreme Court is Most Trusted Branch of Government

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters see the Supreme Court as the most trusted branch of government. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 16% place their trust in the presidency and 13% say Congress is the most trusted. Thirty-three percent (33%) are not sure.

On the flip side, 37% say the presidency is the least trusted. Thirty-four percent (34%) see Congress that way and 12% name the Supreme Court as least trustworthy. On this question, 17% are not sure.

As on many topics, there is a significant partisan divide:

  • A majority of Republicans name the Supreme Court as the most trusted branch (51%) and the presidency as least trusted (61%).
  • A solid plurality of Democrats (46%) say Congress is the least trustworthy. However, they are somewhat more divided on the question of which branch of government they trust the most: 35% say the presidency while 26% name the Supreme Court.
  • As for Independent voters, 40% are not sure which branch they trust the most. Thirty-six percent (36%) name the Supreme Court, 12% say Congress, and 11% say the presidency. Independents are divided on who they trust the least: 36% say Congress and 32% the presidency.



The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen from February 1-2, 2022. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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