Supreme Court Approval Steady at 63%

A new national survey found that 63% of voters approve of the way that the Supreme Court is doing its job. That’s essentially unchanged from surveys conducted before Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as the nation’s newest Supreme Court Justice.

In late September, 61% voiced approval of the Court. Earlier that month, approval was at 63% and it was 60% in August. The latest numbers show Republicans a bit more upbeat than in earlier surveys while Democrats are slightly more disapproving. However, the shifts are quite modest.

While overall approval remains steady, there has been a perceived shift in the ideology of the Court. Forty-three percent (43%) now believe the Court is too conservative, up from 32% a month ago. Twenty percent (20%) now believe it’s too liberal, down from 29%.

Thirty-five percent (35%) believe the Supreme Court has too much power. Most (57%) believe it has the right amount of power.

By way of comparison, 48% say the presidency has too much power. Forty-five percent (45%) say the same about Congress, and 56% believe that’s true of appointed officials in government agencies. All of those numbers are consistent with earlier findings.

Seventy percent (70%) believe the American people have too little power (see question wording and crosstab results).

The national survey of 1,005 Registered Voters was conducted November 4-5, 2018 by 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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