60% Approve of Supreme Court Performance; Plurality Believes Ideological Balance About Right

Over the past couple of months, the Supreme Court handed down rulings on a number of controversial issues, but public confidence in the Court remains strong. The latest ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 60% of voters approve of the way the Supreme Court is doing its job.

Additionally, 40% of voters believe the ideological balance of the Court is about right. Thirty-six percent (36%) see it as too conservative and 24% say it’s too liberal.

Most voters–52%–believe the Court has the right amount of power. However, 38% believe it has too much. By way of comparison, 47% believe the President has too much power and 45% say the same about Congress. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe appointed government officials have too much power.

Views about the Supreme Court have remained stable over the past year. Over the past dozen monthly surveys, approval has ranged from 59% to 66% since. That’s better than any other governing institution. Despite the predictions of many, the divisive Kavanaugh hearings had no impact on public perceptions of the Court (see topline trends).

The Court earns favorable reviews from 64% of white voters along with 51% of black voters and 52% of Hispanic voters. On a partisan basis, 77% of Republicans offer a positive assessment. That view is shared by 57% of Democrats and 50% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the most popular member of the Court. Justice Brett Kavanaugh has slightly higher name recognition.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted July 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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