66% Approve of Supreme Court Performance; 42% Pleased With Ideological Balance

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters approve of the way the Supreme Court is doing its job, according to a new survey by ScottRasmussen.com. That’s up a point from a month ago and reflects the highest level of confidence measured in  monthly surveys dating back to August of 2018 (see topline trends).

The Court earns favorable reviews from 68% of white voters along with 57% of black voters and 62% of Hispanic voters. On a partisan basis, 76% of Republicans offer a positive assessment. That view is shared by 64% of Democrats and 60% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).

Among all voters, 31% believe the Supreme Court has too much power while 10% say the opposite. Fifty-nine percent  (59%) believe it has the right amount of power.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters now say the court is too conservative, 26% think it’s too liberal and 42% say the balance on the court is about right. During the heat of the Kavanaugh confirmation battle, there was a stronger perception that the Court was too conservative. Last November, 43% believed the Court was too conservative while just 20% said too liberal.

In recent months, there has also been a shift in the ideological perceptions of Congress. Last fall, a plurality believed it was too conservative. Now, a plurality believes it is too liberal.

Data released earlier showed that 42% of voters favor increasing the size of the Supreme Court.

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The new national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted May 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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