July 9, 2005--Forty-two percent (42%) of
Americans have a favorable opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court. A Rasmussen
Reports survey found that nearly as many, 41%, have an unfavorable opinion. By way of comparison, 67% of Americans have a
favorable opinion of the U.S. military.
Liberal voters have a higher opinion of the
Court than conservatives. Among those who are to the left of center
politically, 47% have a favorable opinion of the Court while 34% hold an
Most conservatives (53%) have an unfavorable
opinion of the Supreme Court. Just 36% offer a favorable opinion.
Just over a
month ago, before handing down
controversial rulings on the Ten Commandments and eminent domain, the
nation's highest Court was viewed favorably by 39% and unfavorably by 33%.
Five years ago, a July 1, 2000 found that 35% of Americans agreed with
most Supreme Court decisions while 30% disagreed.
Sandra Day O'Connor is viewed
favorably by 55% of American voters.
During the battle over Judicial nominations
earlier this year, just 22% of Americans had a favorable opinion of the
filibuster compromise reached by
fourteen Senators. There was modest support for
changing the filibuster
rules so that all nominees could be guaranteed a vote by the full
Cultural issues, often decided by Supreme
Court rulings were the
most important issue for 10% of voters on Election Day, 2004. These
voters overwhelmingly supported President Bush.
Forty-six percent (46%) of Americans say the
Supreme Court is too
hostile to religion.
A March, 2005 survey found that
28% believe the Court is
too liberal and 24% say it is too conservative. A separate survey
found that 31% believe
most judges are too liberal and 19% believe they are too conservative.
Favorable views of the Supreme Court are now
held by 40% of Republicans, 40% of Democrats and 49% of those not
affiliated with either major party.
Among men, the Court is viewed favorably by
43% and unfavorably by 43%. Among women, the numbers are 42% favorable and
Election 2004 survey
found that voters believed that the Massachusetts State Supreme Court
exceeded their authority by mandating same-sex marriages for their state.
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This survey of 1,000 Adults was
conducted by Rasmussen Reports July 7, 2005. The margin of
sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of